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12-Volt Electric Winch

07/28/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Hot Buys, Outdoor Living, Power Tools, MoHo/RV, Novel Uses

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12-Volt Electric Portable Winch
Item: 12-Volt Electric Winch
Item number: 39997
Retail price: $59.99
Frequent sale price: $49.99
Target price: $39.99 (with coupon)
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Rarely do we post an item which hasn't been thoroughly reviewed by us, but this winch is referenced in our commentary on The Poor Man's Toad and therefore we're relaying our initial impressions. We'll revise this "review" after we've fully evaluated the product.

This little gem mounts on your hitch ball and then winches up to 6000 lbs. from up to 30 feet away. There's probably a lot of uses for this type of portable winch (the only product on the market that we're aware of filling this niche), but one of the uses that really excites us is for lining up your toad to your motor home before hitting the road (see our description in The Poor Man's Toad). The winch should be capable of pulling most medium-sized vehicles and it's certainly adequate for our favorite toad, the Jeep Wrangler. It will also pull a maximum of 2,000 lbs. of dead weight, but in any case it's a slow go with a pulling speed of less than 2 ft. per minute.

Bottom line: Probably a great buy for a portable 12-volt electric winch, but we haven't yet completed our evaluation. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we don't get burned posting positive comments about this item before we've fully evaluated it.

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