I purchased one of them winches from Harbor Freight, recently.
I mounted the winch on the front of a lawn tractor for raising and lowering a snow plow. Works great. The Harbor Freight store in Harrisburg honored a coupon that I found in the Frederick Sunday Paper. $49.00.
The project proved out to be the best way for raising the JD blade that was fitted up to an old Sears tractor.
Hope this helps. By the way, at the price, I am sorta thinking about purchaseing another winch, just to have around.