How Much Winch Do You Need?
Ever pull with a Pierce winch before? Pierce Arrow has been around in Henrietta, Texas, since 1976, so when we got an email from them about its new 15,000- and 20,000-pound recovery winches, we about fell out of our chairs. How could we have not known about such a heavy-winch available for a 4x4? Though Pierce Arrow has been in business for over three decades, its main concentration for a number of years was industrial and professional lines meant for customers like oil rig builders and tow truck operators. Pierce's specialties include worm gear winches that are run off either PTO (power take-off), hydraulic fluid, or are electrically driven. But Pierce has stepped up its recovery winch line for off-road vehicles that need some serious winching power. It saw a need in the industry for the giant winches some of us require for the really big trucks with the really big tires. We were eager to try one out. And of course, it had to be the monster of its line-the 20,000-pounder.
If you've got some really giant tire and truck issues, then you know only too well that if you can't recover yourself, no one else is going to be getting you, either. After using three winches to get our fullsize Cherokee, Matilda, out of a not-so-steep canyon, we realized how sorely we needed a big-boy winch.
|WINCH:||Pierce Arrow 20,000-pound recoverywinch|
|MOTOR:||6.5 hp / 4.8 Kw series-wound|
|GEAR REDUCTION RATIO:||420:1|
|BRAKING:||Automatic load-holding brake|
|DRUM SIZE:||3.5 x 8.7 inches|
|CABLE:||1/2-inch x 72 feet|
|REMOTE CONTROL SWITCH:||Included|
|RECOMMENDED BATTERY:||650 CCA|
|OVERALL DIMENSIONS:||21.9 x 7.7 x 9.8 inches|
|MOUNTING BOLT PATTERN:||10 x 4.5 inches|