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Does any one use or carry a come a long or hand winch?
I had some extra synthetic winch line. So I bought a 2 ton come a long and took off the wire rope and put on the synthetic rope.
I will keep it in the cargo box and hope I never need to use it.
 

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should work fine in a pinch. definitely easier than using a hi lift jack as a winch (had the unfortunate experience of having to do that). just remember that you need something to attach it to, so if you are stuck in an area without winch points, or are by yourself, a winch of any kind wont do alot of good. there are things like the pull pal you could also carry
 

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These are pretty cool. 3/4-ton Unlimited-length Rope Puller, Come Alongs - GEMPLER'S

You can use a very long rope. Sometimes you just need a little pull to get you out and saves weight and money on your RZR.

The problem is most people don't understand that their electric winch rating say 4000# is only good for around #1000 or less when you have all the cable still on the spool. Think of it like a gear the larger the drum the higher the gear so until you get to the last wrap and the spool diameter is smaller you won't get your rated pull. The rope come along is the same at any length but the longer the rope the more stretch you will get.

We did a test once at work with a 10000# rated winch and it pulled around 2500 # with all the cable on the drum but when we pulled the cable all off down to the last wrap we got the 10000# rating. This surprised us that it was that drastic. Remember this if your winch bogs and does not pull you out try pulling more line out or add a block or 2 and create a block and a half or 2 block to increase your rated pull and to get more cable off the drum.

I am not saying a rope come along is better than a winch but in some cases it maybe.

Mike
 

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i carry one when nobody else is riding with me that could pull me out from behind if i needed it.
 

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I carry a strap type hand winch, but have never actually used it to get un stuck. When I've been stuck, we've either picked up the machine (Harder to do than you would think because there isn't anything solid to grab), or someone else ran a winch line to me to pull me back.
 

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I have carried a 2 ton Come-A-Long on the back tray of my RZR from day 1. Most times you just need a nudge to get back on the trail, and often times you need to pull backwards to get out of a jamb. You can also use it to pull trees off of the trail, and also use it as a tow line to help the Rhino guys get back to camp.:rofl3:
 

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Planning on getting one of these rope pullers. Tipped over recently when alone and had to pull in favors. Could have easily put it back on its wheels with one of these.

Only question; how long of rope should I get? 50' or 100' ?
I would put about 25' to 50' on the come along and then carry another 50' to 75'
 

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I bring one of my HD ratchet tie down straps with me, and put it in the winch bag for light duty problems, etc... Its the one with 2" wide web. Can use for tree strap or even ratchet recovery or just use the web strap as a recovery strap. pretty inexpensive too. $14 at the Depot, its a Keeper. 10,000# strap 3,000# pull

They are allot beefier then those cheap crap ratchets.

PS: It comes with 27' long strap
 

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I bring one of my HD ratchet tie down straps with me, and put it in the winch bag for light duty problems, etc... Its the one with 2" wide web. Can use for tree strap or even ratchet recovery or just use the web strap as a recovery strap. pretty inexpensive too. $14 at the Depot, its a Keeper. 10,000# strap 3,000# pull

They are allot beefier then those cheap crap ratchets.

PS: It comes with 27' long strap
That HD ratchet strap is a good idea.

I was on a solo atv camping trip and tip my Sportsman 800.
I ended up useing the ratchet straps holding down my camp gear to up right the atv.
 

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I've used those come a longs many times. I've bent the handles on them too and they are of little use to me. By the time U spend the $ on a GOOD come a long (the one shown isn't), U might better install a winch. A winch is a bit more expensive than a good come a long and really not a lot heavier either.
 

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I only paid $89 for my 3000# Superwinch and have used it several times.
I would buy a winch before the come a long.

Doug
 

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Just an additional tool to a winch, which you should have as well.. of course you use the right tool for the job... A winch alone wont get you out of all problems, nor do you need to fire it up for small issues or if winch fails nice to have something.. Use what u got to get out of what your in.
 

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I've never used an electic winch for off-roading, but I don't know how having a winch on the front end could help me get back upright. I know about blocks and straps, but if I had a come-a-long, I could have just pulled it up from the right side from a mesquite tree off in the short distance.

 

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I've never used an electic winch for off-roading, but I don't know how having a winch on the front end could help me get back upright. I know about blocks and straps, but if I had a come-a-long, I could have just pulled it up from the right side from a mesquite tree off in the short distance.

As mentioned above use the right tool for the job... Not saying a winch is idea for this situation... But you could wrap that winch around a tree (or better if you had a block) then hook it back to the driver side rear of the rzr and it would pull it right up... I've had to use my winch in my work truck that way... The back end slid off the road and I wrapped the winch around a tree then back to the hitch... It's tricky but it works.. Now my work gives us smaller winches and installed Reece hitches in the front... So we can move them from front to back.. We just carry the winch in the truck now...
 
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