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    Red face Hitch mounted electric winches

    Ok Ė All kidding aside (I know, Iím setting myself up to get creamed for asking a question like this).

    Hitch mounted electric winches Ė is it possible to have a set-up good enough to snatch an (empty) Engine out of the mud?

    (Heh-heh, yeah, thatís the ticket, I got a friend that got his Engine stuck once).

    Really, weíre looking into a hitch mounted winch system for our Rescue Pumper, Iím just wondering if winching an Engine out of the mud (not necessarily sunk to the axle) is feasible.
    Anyone ever use their hitch mounted winch for this type of task? What kind of set-up do you have? (Winch and hitch)

    Oh, What? Am I the only one (with a friend) that has gotten his Engine stuck in the mud?

    (Searched the forums, saw some stuff, but not necessarily what I was looking for.)


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    Not a good idea in my opinion. For safety's sake a big stuck truck should equal a big wrecker.

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    Even with a Class 4 receiver I think you're past the limits of the assembly and the available winches by wanting to pull an engine out of the mud.

    Back when I wasn't far from you in Bucks County, we used this guy to pull things around in the snow when needed, but it has a 20 ton shaft driven winch on the front of it, not a little electric winch. Pop it in low 4WD and it would drag a mountain.

    But I'm with Howell, leave the dragging to the big wreckers unless you have the right equipment.
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    Thanks!

    I checked out the GVWT (38400) today, hitch mounted winch Ė not likely.

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    Default electric winch

    It would probably take at least a 20 ton winch to pull out a stuck engine. We had a 20 ton hydraulic winch on the front of a 30,000# Navistar 4x4 chassis and it would pull the truck down the street sliding the tires unless you chained it to a tree.

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