OT: Is harbor freight electric winch any good?
There is a 2500lb winch for $50 tomorrow. This is for the touring.
But if we ever use it for other modern cars. What relatively safe winch poundage strength is good for the average car winch?
I will be buying my first trailer tomorrow, It is a 16' open trailer.
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Robert...if it says "Chicago Electric" on it, I'd be a bit suspect. I've tried a couple of that brand from H.F. with no success whatsoever. JMHO.
I've own a HF winch for years now.. my garage doors/openings faces the back of my house. which is at a slight slope. I roll my T's anywhere towards the bottom of the slope. and winch them up.. I took a 7' fence pole and hammered it into the ground in each garage slot, leaving about 18" sticking up. I throw some cement and a rebar in it.. so after rolling my t's down the slope I winch them into there slots/garage. not everything in HF is construction grade.. but it's worked for me.. best thing is the winch can with battery cable clamps, so I set up my battery charger instead of using a battery to power it. I move it from one stall to the other as I need it.. maybe I got lucky but I do remember paying around the same price several yrs ago..
Just a guess but the 2500 unit is probably too light for a modern. I just installed a Badlands 12000 winch that came from harbor freight and it is more than up to the task of winching anything my trailer can haul and then some. It pulled a 5k suburban on like it was reeling in and empty cable.
I'm guessing a 5500 would be plenty for a T and the occasional modern car.
I have the HF 2500 and it works great for a Model "T" on an open trailer. I power mine with one of those jump-start power pack units like the tow truck drivers use.
Also, just a thought, I have not needed to do this yet, but I bought an inexpensive snatch block that I carry with the winch, the thought being that by using the snatch block, it will cut the distance you can pull in half, but double the power. As I say, have not needed to do this, but nice to have a "plan B" in case more pulling power is needed. FWIW,......harold
I have had a couple of Harbor freight winches in my enclosed trailer for pulling hit and miss engines into the trailer after a show and have Burned two of them up buy trying to pull bigger loads then they were designed for. Every time I buy a harbor freight winch I buy the extended warranty two year plan for $20 extra and I make sure that the winch finds its way back to Harbor freight before the two-year plan is up. There are no questions asked. It's generally turned in and I go get a new one off the shelf and pay $20 for the extended warranty plan on the new one and the cycle continues. Matt.
If it dies you will be out $50, not the end of the world with today's dollars.
I might add that mine too were 2500# winches and a couple of my last engines on skids and carts where heavier than a touring. Matt