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Electric Bumper Winch or Hand Winch?

 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Electric Bumper Winch or Hand Winch? Reply with quote

I want to be able to self recover my 'new' defender 110 300tdi (which came with a winch bumper but no winch) and am considering what to buy.

It seems to me that in many situations it's better to come back out of what you drove into - in which case a front-mounted winch is n't much use. On that basis, a tirfor is a more useful thing to have. And I can't see an electric winch is going to be too reliable if you go wading accidentally!

Am I missing something? If it's an either or choice, is tirfor the way to SPAM there's an existing thread on this please refer me!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had no problem using an electric winch under water - keep any electronics (remote sensor etc.) above water though - mine is behind the passenger's visor

The idea of winching is to get to where you are going when you go deep mudding make sure you are driving a line that has an anchor point in front of you within winching distance

I've even winched backwards on occasion with the front mounted winch - just passed the winch rope under the truck and winched - tirfors are for those that like building arm muscles rather than playing off-road Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have and use both - mainly used to use my rope hoist to pull me out backwards when needed, and used my electric winch for recovering other people and pulling trees out the way or other work tasks.

Horses for courses - I have now gone to a demountable winch tray which fits in receiver hitches on the front and rear and can be used to go in either direction.

It also has the benefit that when not in use it sits in the back and stays clean and dry or gets put in the garage when I am not going off road.

On my DII I had an ARB bumper mounted front winch which sat out at all times. I used to wade quite often on various river crossing and it regularly got drenched. never once had a problem with the electrics or controls, so I don't think is really an issue. - P

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