Re: Winch Installation
I totally agree with Paul regarding winch capacity, and considerations for its use. Also remember that the whole system is no stronger than the weakest portion of that system. In my little arrangement for my 748 I showed above, the weakest link on mine would be either the pin that holds the receiver in place, or the bolts that hold the winch to the mount. Both, however, are rated for much more than the winch is capable of, even if I use a double line pull, which would give me 4000 pounds of pull, theoretically.
I only intend to use my winch for dragging logs, or getting myself up a slope with a load I couldn't otherwise pull due to traction issues, or other minor things. If I'm dumb enough to get my little tractor in a mudhole deep enough to sink her, I'll hire a tow truck to get it out. You're absolutely right about suction. I once did this with a Toyota Land Cruiser. It took two other vehicles with winches, plus three of us knee-deep in mud with shovels, to get it out of the bog.