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gfadvm

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81 days ago

I really need to get a winch to pull logs onto my tilt trailer. The reviews on the small HF winches are mostly terrible. We have a Northern Tool store in Tulsa but I have no experience with them. Any one have any experience/suggestions to share.
A quality/expensive winch is NOT in the budget and a “come along” is just too SLOW.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 81 days ago

I tried the hand crank style come-a-long. Falls a far cry from being fun. I have never been to a Northern Tool store. Looked on line and they seem decent.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#2 posted 81 days ago

Hey Buddy

I went this route when I needed a winch for my UTV snow blade.

A good Warn winch like I have on my truck would have been over-kill. No need to spend those kind of bucks for raising a blade up and down during the winter.

I’ll bet you find something on this link:

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/t/3235/Winches

I bought this one:

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/3235/45223/Tusk-Winch-with-Synthetic-Rope-and-Mount-Plate

But, they also carry less expensive winches. The one I bought was recommended to me by a friend who had one for the same purpose I had.

Very good company to to business with….......and been around a long time.

I have used the long line to pull me out when I get stupid and high-center on pushed snow or something. Way plenty of power for that…......and the UTV is not all that light.

Good luck.

Bruce.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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lightcs1776

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#3 posted 81 days ago

I’m not a HF fan. There are a few food things from them, but you generally get what you pay for.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 81 days ago

Oops posted wrong place

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 81 days ago

Bruce, That is very similar in specs to the HF. The wireless remote seems to be the problem with the HF. And that is the only way to control it! No other switch on the unit so when the remote dies, you are screwed. Prices are very similar.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JL7

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#6 posted 81 days ago

Andy – can’t comment on the quality from either HF or Northern in this case. But Northern Tool started out here in the Twin Cities many years ago as Northern Hydraulics and have always had a good reputation in my opinion…....for what it’s worth…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 81 days ago

Tilt…that sounds fun. Last time i tried dragging logs onto a small equipment trailer with a mule (4×4 suv) it was quite the challenge. I had to roll them up one ramp, re-position, straighten them out, then slide them on. We failed on the first try and had one roll off the back. You’r still going to need a big winch, like an 8000lb. that you would use on the front of a truck. Make sure that you have a big battery mounted on the trailer too. The charging circuit from the vehicle will not operate a winch.

-- Nicholas

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 80 days ago

Nick, My truck is a diesel with 2 big batteries so plenty of ‘juice’ for a winch.

Jeff, That’s good to know.

Pretty much decided that I DON”T want a wireless remote unless there is a second switch on the winch.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Don W

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#9 posted 80 days ago

Northern tool is now owned by Amazon I believe. I’ve bought from them in the past and had decent luck. I think their stuff is a step up from HF. Its been a few years so YMMV.

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dbhost

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#10 posted 80 days ago

What capacity winch are you looking for? I have an Engo E9000 on my F150 Supercab and it hasn’t let me down yet…

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nicksmurf111

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#11 posted 80 days ago

Will the winch be mounted on the truck or the trailer? Ohm’s law is working against you.

-- Nicholas

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ralbuck

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#12 posted 80 days ago

Put a plug on the truck for an RV (7pin) trailer and a box for batteries on the trailer! That way the truck will charge the batteries running down the road when wired right.
Remember that good cables carry current better than poor ones. Heavy gauge—fine stranded copper wire cables—similar to the cables on the truck for size etc. will work=k well.

We did this for the hydraulic dump and it had enough power to break the trailer!

Northern has always had a good value product! I used to but some stuff from them when I lived in ND! They even have a Fargo ND store where I used to shop.

-- just rjR

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nicksmurf111

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#13 posted 80 days ago

Yeah, what ralbuck said ^

You need battery(s) in the trailer. If you parellel them, make sure they are EXACT matches, unmatched batteries will fight.

-- Nicholas

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 80 days ago

The one I liked at NT is “not available in store”. I don’t want to order one without looking at it in person. Back to Craig’s List…..........

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 79 days ago

Andy, I have 2 HF wench’s, one is an ATV wench (1500 lbs I believe) with the wireless remote. The first one that I got, the remote didn’t work and wouldn’t program. I took it back and they gave me another one that works great. The other is a 5000lb with wired remote controls on about a 12-15 ft wire that we have used to pull downed trees up out of the creek with. It is a work horse and I don’t believe you would have any problems loading a log with it. It also has a wireless remote kit that you can also buy separately…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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