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    How much winch is enough ?

    Just pondering changing my old 8500lb electric winch that came with the car (some generic cheapie) with something newer and I have got into the bigger is better vortex. I was thinking that 9500lb winch would be enough but it isn't much more for a 11000lb. What have peoples experiences been ? Rather than just putting in the bigger one because I can would the 9500 be enough for moderate use ?

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    If the larger one physically fits and itís not much more than Iíd go this way.

    Switching to a 2:1 pull doubles you winch capacity....albeit a bit slower.

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    A better question is...

    how many snatch blocks and winch extension cables are enough....
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    Most winches, incl PTO from the 70's & 80's were 8000b & they did most single vehicle recoveries easily. Maybe they were capable of more than todays units or maybe a 9500kg is really an 8,000lb working hard. What I'd be looking at is amp usage per kg load. It makes sense that a 1100kg is pulling less amps for a given load. Providing of course there is honesty in advertising...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blknight.aus View Post
    A better question is...

    how many snatch blocks and winch extension cables are enough....
    I guess that's it, Ive got a couple of snatch block an a single winch extension. So now I can multiple my puling force and exceed the rating of the extension

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJay View Post
    Most winches, incl PTO from the 70's & 80's were 8000b & they did most single vehicle recoveries easily. Maybe they were capable of more than todays units or maybe a 9500kg is really an 8,000lb working hard. What I'd be looking at is amp usage per kg load. It makes sense that a 1100kg is pulling less amps for a given load. Providing of course there is honesty in advertising...

    That's a fair point about the specs, I noticed that most of the capacity ratings are for the first or second roll of the drum and the pull drops significantly as you hit the outer rolls. 11000 it may be then. I might just get the Runva 11XP, just have to check the size and make sure it fits my ARB bar.

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    I put a ruvna 8000 on my truck about 6 years ago as I found myself doing a bit of lone touring. Was a bit worried it wasnít enough, but Iíve only used it in anger twice, both to help others out.
    So Im starting to think that if 8000lb isnít enough it probably is not going to be my problem

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    I only have an ironman 9000lb winch on the front of my 79 series and had absolutely No issues using a direct pull dragging a fully loaded Holden rodeo out that was bogged down to the chassis in some nasty saltpan mud last week at Sharks Bay.
    I thought that I would need to use a snatch block for this particular recovery But it wasn't needed in the end.
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    Yes My reaction to the post was "get the lightest winch possible"

    I was once pulled out of the southern approach of Cannibal? creek ( the one that drops down about 10metres into grey gloop) with my camper trailer on my RRC by a bloke in Navara with 8000Lb winch on a direct pull, assisted by me.

    I have recovered a RRC from a washed out causeway in the Watagans with the car on its guts and teetering with my portable 6500Lb Warn, and almost pulled a tree over that we had the snatch block onto to get the angle. This was after I had got under the car and dug a ledge then raised the car with an airbag.
    My rambling point is that if you need more than 8000Lb, you should have a second means of assist to reduce the load, airbag, Hi lift, shovel, or whatever.
    The times I have seen and tried to train people when they have the wheels turned away from the anchor point or winching vehicle are numerous. A bit of Nous is often needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trout1105 View Post
    I only have an ironman 9000lb winch on the front of my 79 series and had absolutely No issues using a direct pull dragging a fully loaded Holden rodeo out that was bogged down to the chassis in some nasty saltpan mud last week at Sharks Bay.
    I thought that I would need to use a snatch block for this particular recovery But it wasn't needed in the end.
    Another vote for the Ironman.
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