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Cheap electric winch?

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by Zach, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Im going to need a winch if I put a snow plow on my ATV. What I would like to do is mount a winch on the plow then hook the cable to my brushguard (it would be easier since the plow wont permanently be on)

    All I want is an inexpensive electric winch, doesnt have to be that power full 2-400 lbs.??

    Will harbor freight tools, pepboys, hardware store or something like that have these?
    If I could get any help on where to find one that would be great, thanks!
     
  2. hondarecon4435

    hondarecon4435 Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    i used a 2000lb hampton towing winch from walmart for $100 on my recon for a year worked good but now i have a viper max 3000lb (ebay) reliable winch good customer service. for just a plow i would get a cheap winch but you really cant get a winch under 1500lbs.
     
  3. pby98

    pby98 Member
    Messages: 86

    harbor freight around here has a 3000 lb i beleive for 110 aand a 2000lb for 60. i have not used these personally but my guess would be that they are not very reliable. and plus if your mounting it to the plow what you really need is a actuator
     
  4. pby98

    pby98 Member
    Messages: 86

    also i dont know your price range but i have a 2000lb superwinch that i got for around 150 that is very reliable and a 2500 viper max that is very reliable this one was about 190
     
  5. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    like i said in the other post. harbor freight. 2000lb winch. it served me very good. it pulled better and had more speed then my 3000lb warn winch. I would recommend the winch to anyone. You can mount it on your front rack and use it if you ever get stuck. just need a fairlead. you put one of those winches that go on the plow on there and there pretty slow.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91727
     
  6. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    that seems like my best bet. I could have sworn that I saw a $30 winch in a Harbor Freight ad a while ago... it wasnt that strong but it would have been perfect for a plow.

    anyway, Im liking the idea of the 2000lb Harbor Freight one.
     
  7. Elwer Lawn Care

    Elwer Lawn Care PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,495

    Be carefull gettting a winch with little weight capacity, you'd be surprised how heavy the blade gets when snow starts to stick to it.
     
  8. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    couldn't be more than 2000 lbs.:eek::D:D:D just messin with you. I think Ive pretty much eliminated the option of a small cheap one... it just makes sense tto pay a little more for a really good one I can use all year round.
     
  9. Elwer Lawn Care

    Elwer Lawn Care PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,495

    if you could get 2000lbs of snow on a blade, i'd like too see it lol
     
  10. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    :D lol thatd be the day
     
  11. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    and in the pics of your quad. in the little opening that is like 1ft x 1ft just in the middle of both lights but below them would be a perfect place to put the winch. make your own brackets and stuff. Isnt the recons air cooled?
     
  12. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    yeah, the recons are air-cooled, so there is PLENTY of room for a winch.
     
  13. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    ya cool so no radiator to worry about. a piece of angle iron and a welder you would be set. unless you went on ebay and found the proper mount kit for a warn winch. my old quad with the harbor freight winch the holes lined up with the ones on the warn mount. depends on how you want to do it.
     
  14. hondarecon4435

    hondarecon4435 Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    you could mount it to the frame rails behind the lights with u bolts or you can mount it to the front rack but be careful with that the racks can only hold a couple hundred pounds before they start breaking so it is ok for a plow but not to pull you out of the mud
     
  15. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    How sturdy would using U-bolts on the frame be? my friend said He would help weld a mount but he wants me to pay hime like 40 bucks! WTF?
     
  16. Elwer Lawn Care

    Elwer Lawn Care PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,495

    just go by a mount then, will be slightly more depending on model and will be easy to install
     
  17. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    go on ebay. the mount for my old quad I got was only $15 and it came with a fairlead. ubolts are what holds my plow mount.
     
  18. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Just got back from Harbor Freight. Got a 2000 lb winch on sale for $50 :D and I got a mounting plate for $15, but I'm not sure how to mount the plate to the frame, any suestions???
     
  19. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    any pics of the plate???
     
  20. Zach

    Zach Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Heres what I got for pics... the mounting plate is basicly 1/4" pate with 2 bends and some holes drilled.

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