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ATV Winch - Glad to have it

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Do most of you guys w/ATV's have Winches for them? Do you use them a lot?

I got one of those ebay 'Gorilla winches' last year, for mine. Ive used it a few times for pulling an occasional pallet of logs or my original reason for getting it, was to use it for pulling smaller cut trees. It was a good concept, but IMO it was way too slow, its much easier to hook a chain and pull it out than to use the winch. I dont ride my ATV out on open trails, just use it around the yard.

Yesterday i was out in the swamp (back yard) and got totally stuck in mud, it was up to the foot rests, all 4 tires totally buried in mud. I could not get that sucka out of the mud rut -which was well over a foot deep. After about 20 minutes of moving back and forth ~=10 feet, i broke down and used the winch. The nearest tree was about 40' away.
On a side note, it was a good lesson in safety boots. I always wear my boots when working out in the yard, last night, on a whim i decided to go for a quick ride after dinner, so i just went out with the shoes i was wearing - sorta flip flops.

It was fun walking the 40 feet though the mud/muck in flip flops :fing20::fing20: i was about ankle/shin high in mud :duh::ROF

Anyway, got the winch hooked at about 5' height on the nearest tree and it pulled me and the ATV out of the muck like a champ

It was the first time ive ever 'NEEDED' that winch and i was very happy to have had it.

Do you guys have winches? how often do you 'Need' them?
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I have a 2500# warn, but the gorilla are good from what I hear. I replaced my cable with a synthetic winch rope, because we use them a lot out riding. We are going through stuff that is not in a normal ride around the yard or in the field. The rope is nice because you don't have to worry about the cable getting a hold of you when it comes apart a bit. I have pulled out a bunch of nice bikes that were built to be unstoppable, they were nice but everything can get stuck where we go.
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