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Tractor Transporting Discussion Forum

Re: Winch capacity

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ericlb

10-24-2012 19:07:30
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it aint that simple, a 12,000 lb rated winch will do it BUT that rating is only for the first wraps of line on the drum, if you have to fill the drum spool to reach a tractor sitting onthe ground behind the trailer you wont have nearly that much pull, the other factor is power if you buy the cheapest 12 volt battery you can, then use 4 gauge cables you'll be stuck with the load halfway to where you need it to be with a dead battery, you need to spend some money in this dept something like a 8d battery and 1 gauge or 0 gauge cables, this battery is in heavy equipment and its huge and heavy, but it will work far beyond other sizes the big cables insure you get the amps the winch motor needs to make power under a load

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rustyfarmall

10-25-2012 07:59:43
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 Re: Winch capacity in reply to ericlb, 10-24-2012 19:07:30  
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That is why I mounted one 12 volt battery on the trailer, and then tied that battery into the trailer wiring harness with a 10 gauge wire. The charging system of the truck will keep that trailer battery fully charged, and when using the winch, I leave the truck engine running, so in effect, I have TWO 12 volt batteries powering that winch.



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cd1

10-25-2012 09:54:17
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 Re: Winch capacity in reply to rustyfarmall, 10-25-2012 07:59:43  
In effect you have 1 12v battery powering that winch, 10 gauge wire would melt the insulation off in a heartbeat if the winch started to pull off it hard. Maybe not a baby winch but anything over 3000lbs or so.



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kossuth

11-04-2012 20:12:26
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 Re: Winch capacity in reply to cd1, 10-25-2012 09:54:17  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeYep. The idea of hooking the trailer 12 volt battery to the trailer hot is not a bad idea (I have mine hooked up that way), but you gotta be alittle smart. I have a small 3500 lbs winch on mine and by rating it can put almost a 250 amp load on the battery. It uses 6 AWG cables to hook to the battery even for that small winch. So it would toast a 10 AWG wire in no time. Hopefully it would burn up the trailer wiring first rather than the truck wiring. Thats why if you do tie it in you need to fuse it, or at the very least put it on a circuit breaker.

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cd1

10-25-2012 04:09:19
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 Re: Winch capacity in reply to ericlb, 10-24-2012 19:07:30  
Remember even though you have a winch rated at 12k, that doesn't mean your cable is!!! Many are not. You have to look at working load limit not breaking strength.



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