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Old 08-26-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Electric winch for truck

I am thinking of checking out acquiring an electric wench and perhaps having one installed on the bed of my truck to lift heavy items such as generators. Has anyone had any experience with one. I would appreciate any feedback.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:17 PM   #2
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Perhaps He Means Eclectic Wench...

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I've used Warn (M8000) and Superwinch products on my previous vehicles. Both are excellent. As it is with tow ratings, you want your load to be well under the working limits as advertised by the manufacturers.

You will need to mount these winches via a rated bumper that can also take the fairlead. For safety, use the synthetic line (instead of the more dangerous braided steel cables) if you can afford it. Add to your kit a couple of rated shackles, a tree strop and snatch block along with a pair of gloves for safe pulling.

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This thread so isn't about what I thought it was...lol
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misteak?

I think the OP meant "eclectic Wench"-just sayin'
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:49 PM   #7
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And carry a rubber mat to drape over the line in case it snaps
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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As a general rule, most electric wenches aren't much good at lifting heavy objects. They are more suited to a more intimate atmosphere.
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I am thinking of checking out acquiring an electric wench and perhaps having one installed on the bed of my truck to lift heavy items such as generators. Has anyone had any experience with one. I would appreciate any feedback.
I am guessing that you are referring to an electric winch as a wench (electric or otherwise) might not do real well at hoisting a generator into your truck.

I would take a look at the electric hoists that are used to lift wheelchairs into vehicles. You also might take a look the manual hoist that they sell at RV supply stores to lift items on the rook of class A's.

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Thanks Moosetags, electric hoists now that is worth looking into.
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If you pick a wench that is young and strong enough, she can lift your generator for you!
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Phrunes, My bride says that I will be singing 10 octaves higher if I even contemplate your advice. Sadly, she won’t even consider an old wench...
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I am thinking of checking out acquiring an electric wench and perhaps having one installed on the bed of my truck to lift heavy items such as generators. Has anyone had any experience with one. I would appreciate any feedback.
What do you have in mind? A winch mounted in the bed of your pickup can be used to pull something into the bed but won't lift anything by itself.

The two possibilities are using the winch in combination with a set of ramps to pull something heavy up the ramps, but that's a lot of stuff to lug around just to get one or two things into and out of the truck. (I have loaded machinery--lathes and milling machines weighing over a ton--into my truck using ramps and a come-along.)

The other possibility is a pickup bed crane like this one

Pick-up Truck Bed Crane

which work OK for lifting heavy machinery in and out of the back of a pickup, but aren't compatible with a cap over the bed--so once your generator or whatever is in the bed, it's still out in the open.
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