WHICH WINCH?

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Funny, I never knew there were so many winch man­u­fac­tur­ers un­til I read “Which Winch Is Which?” (Feb. ’18).

SCOTT WATKINS VIA EMAIL

I have an old winch on my old Ford F-250. The last time I had to use the winch was over a year ago, but even though I don’t use it much when I do need it it’s good to have around. I bought it used off Craigslist (re­ally cheap) and aside from the ca­ble be­ing trashed it was ready to go.

AARON BOWEN VIA EMAIL

I read “Which Winch Is Which?” and it has given me a lot to think about. I want to add a rear winch to my Jeep JK (al­ready have one on the front), be­cause there are times I want to winch back­ward and not front­ward.

TODD AHRENS VIA EMAIL

I’m one of those guys that’s torn on which winch to buy. Your story in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue (“Which Winch Is Which?”) just com­pounded my prob­lem. Here’s my deal: I want a winch, but I know I’m not go­ing to use it much. I would use it mostly to self-re­cover or help res­cue some­one from the snow in the win­ter here in Min­nesota. My truck is a daily driven ’08 Sil­ver­ado 1500. Do I buy a low-buck winch or do I lay out the cash for a more ex­pen­sive winch? The prices run from just a few hun­dred bucks to over a thou­sand. I’ve read about folks who are re­ally happy with their in­ex­pen­sive winches, while oth­ers aren’t.

SKYLER MOLLWAY VIA EMAIL

I need that Red Winches dual mo­tor kit in my life. It would look great on my 8274.

JAKE TOM­LIN­SON VIA EMAIL

Many years ago I wanted a winch for the front of my Ram 1⁄2-ton pickup, but I also wanted a winch for the rear. And oc­ca­sion­ally I needed to drag stuff onto my flatbed trailer. I couldn’t af­ford three winches, so I bought a Su­per­winch S9000, built a cra­dle, and added hitch re­ceivers to the front of my truck and the trailer (al­ready had one on the back of the truck). With that setup I could just move the winch where I needed it. Most of the time it was on the front of the truck. One day the trans­mis­sion puked on my truck and a friend came to res­cue me with his truck and goose­neck trailer. I used the winch to pull my truck onto his trailer. The uses for a winch are many and I can’t imag­ine be­ing with­out one.

DALE CLARK­SON VIA EMAIL

Wheel­ers are very pas­sion­ate about their winches. Per­haps be­cause winches rou­tinely help to solve prob­lems. Some­times very big ones. We think a winch is one of the best in­vest­ments you can make for your 4x4. Choos­ing a winch can be a chal­lenge with all the of­fer­ings avail­able nowa­days, but we hope that the “Which Winch Is Which?” story helped to in­form with a mega col­lec­tion of op­tions.

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