What's the craziest thing you've used your winch for?

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I've had a winch on my jeep for quite awhile and haven't needed it. Kinda disappointing until a recent trail ride. When we reached the end the path out was blocked by some bozo who'd parked his truck dead-center in front of the gate. I suppose he was surprised when he returned to find his truck wasn't where he left it So what's your best winch story?





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I had a big tree branch in n the front yard that needed to be trimmed. Over the driveway and partially above the garage. I tied it off and used the winch to pull it away from the house so that it fell away from the house rather than on it as I cut it off with the chain saw.

Never used the winch to get unstuck for myself or anyone else yet.
 

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I have spent quite a bit of time in hunting clubs, I was usually the only guy with a winch and we used it to put hunting houses up, feeders up, trees off of trails and tractors and ATVs out of muddy fields along with yanking an occasional truck out of the muck. Have also hoisted more than a few deer up to be dressed. Still carry shovel and axe to help with the fun stuff.
 

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I used it to pick the front of my Jeep up. It was stuck in a huge rut that I was trying to cross. Could not just winch forward as the bumper was up against hard soil with no give. The tree saver was placed high in a tree and I winched the front of the Jeep up and out of the rut. The rut swollowed up my 37 in tires.
 

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I used it to pick the front of my Jeep up. It was stuck in a huge rut that I was trying to cross. Could not just winch forward as the bumper was up against hard soil with no give. The tree saver was placed high in a tree and I winched the front of the Jeep up and out of the rut. The rut swollowed up my 37 in tires.
Great thing about having a winch, you can get inventive. Gives many options those without don't have
 

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I used it to pick the front of my Jeep up. It was stuck in a huge rut that I was trying to cross. Could not just winch forward as the bumper was up against hard soil with no give. The tree saver was placed high in a tree and I winched the front of the Jeep up and out of the rut. The rut swollowed up my 37 in tires.
Then what? How did you drive forward or backward with a taut winch cable hanging from the tree suspending your front end in the air?
 

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Probably not an unheard of story, but this past weekend, I was wheeling with a really awesome chopped FJ trail rig. He was playing on top of some boulders really close to a cliff edge, about 4 feet. Long story...well longer he high centered his rear and tried dragging it over causing the whole rear to lift about 4 1/2 feet and was close to rolling, I pulled the Jeep up as close as I could, winched his back end down and slowly released it as he pulled out(so to speak:giggle:). I've had the winch for 2 years and this was the first time I had to use it. I know there's back and forth about what to have for recovery gear but after this I believe a winch is a necessity, we would have had to daisy chain tow straps without it. There were 2 other Jeeps in our group and the FJ and I where the only ones with recovery gear.
 

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