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strange question - DC winch on AC power?


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07-21-07, 09:19 PM   #1  
strange question - DC winch on AC power?

Hello all,

I'm working on a quirky project for my house, and had the idea of using a small, electric winch to help out. The winch would be outdoors, so it needs to be weatherproof...i was thinking a truck or atv winch would be perfect.

the only problem (so far) is that I can figure out how to get the winch to work on house (115v AC) power...all the DC->AC converters I've found are item specific, so they don't have leads to tie into, plus they don't look to supply nearly enough amperage (85A for the WARN 1700 they had at lowes).

I'm hoping someone here might be able to point me in the right direction.

thanx in advance,
dennis

 
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07-22-07, 12:52 AM   #2  
They do make 110 volt winches. If you must use DC, I suggest using a battery, and just put a small battery tender on it to keep it fully charged all the time.


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07-22-07, 07:45 AM   #3  
You *might* could get away with using one of the starting chargers that can put out 200 amps for starting. Duty cycle however would be very short.

Either a deep cycle battery with a standard charger, or an A/C power winch would be better.

Harbor Freight has a 1200 lb (double line) winch for about $100 and is a/c powered. I have one mounted to the overhead in my shop. I've lifted the front (engine end) of a mid size car with it. And it lifts my 700 lb riding mower for blade changes with no sweat.

 
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07-22-07, 11:44 AM   #4  
I've looked at a few AC powered winches, but the ones I found all started at $300+

The one at Harbor Freight sounds promising, but I didn't see anything like that on their website...can you give me any more info (link, manufacturer, model #, etc.)

thanx guys!
-dennis

 
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07-22-07, 01:46 PM   #5  
Go to their website and do a search for 'electric hoist'.

I got 4 returns, ranging from 440 lbs @ $110 to 1300 lbs @ $130 (the one I have)

 
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