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I’m not sure I’d want to bet my ass on this — like hauling my Jeep up out of a ravine while I’m in it — but I can think of any number of projects that’d benefit from this tool.  And it’d beat the living hell out of a come-along for loading a car up a relatively shallow ramp.

Features include a 1.5 HP 12V motor, and remote control with a 9′ cord, and 50′ of 5/32″ aircraft cable.  But the best feature of all is the price: $49.99 at Harbor Freight right now.

2,000 Lb. Capacity Utility Winch [Harbor Freight]


4 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: A $50 2,000-Pound-Capacity Winch

  1. David says:

    This is a piece of garbage. The remote switch cannot handle the current and the contacts burn out after a few uses. I have one, unfortunately.

  2. wheels17 says:

    I had just the opposite experience. Every fall I have to pull an 8×12 swim float, steel docks, and 3 aluminum boatlifts out of the lake so they don’t get wrecked by the winter ice. It’s usually an all afternoon project with chains, ratchet hoists and prybars.

    I bought this winch and bolted it to a plate and brace assembly that allows be to drive a rod to lock it in place. Hooked the cable and had the float out in 10 minutes, each dock and lift about the same.

    Admittedly, I’m not using it near the 2000 lb capacity pull, but it worked great for me. I should have done this a long time ago.

  3. Mark Garrison says:

    Does this work w/ both AC and DC power? What wiring does it come with?

  4. doug says:

    If the basic winch is worth 50 bucks, does it matter if the control may be junk? 4 Ford starter relays can be used to build a better control. Use the supplied remote to control the relays. No, the relays aren’t continuous duty rated, but I used a similar set up daily for nearly ten years and never replace a relay.

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