I bought the bargain Harbor Freight 2000# winch before winter with the hopes of using it to lift and lower my Berco blower. It's just too large to fit anywhere convenient on my Craftsman such that it could be oriented to lift the blower. So I put it on a shelf for future use.
I originally wanted to mount it on the front of a tractor, like you would on an off road vehicle. It would then be in the way of blowers and blades, so that wouldn't work. Then today I got the idea of mounting it to the drawbar of my 214. I had to drill one 5/16" hole to run a bolt, but it fits nicely and I don't think it will interfere with tow behind attachments, except perhaps on a really sharp left hand turn.
Here is the winch bolted to the draw bar:
Here's what it looks like on the tractor:
I Since it is not a permanent installation (yet), I bought some wing nuts for the winch:
and the battery connections:
so that the remote power switch can be easily connected and disconnected. Here is the wiring running fore and aft from the switch. You can also see the cable in this picture:
Here's a picture of the switch. I would like to figure out a way to permanently afix the switch to the right fender of the 214 without too much damage. The switch has no brackets, tabs or holes for permanent mounting and drilling such would ruin it's waterproof properties. I'm not thrilled with the idea of drilling into my 214's fender either. How long do you think something like velcro would last?:
That's it. It works great. Tomorrow I'm going to use it to pull down the top of a tree that got hung up on a branch while falling, it's first real job. Then I might use it to pull the Toro 212-5 out of the woods and snow. More seat time!