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Planetary or Worm Gear Winch?


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Planetary = fast line speed, worm = slow line speed but fabled stronger than planetary. Ive had both & now all my hydraulic trucks are planetary. I cant say that I have ever had to leave anything behind with a planetary, Ive had to use snatch blocks now & then but I prefer planetary, nothing like waiting on a slooooow worm gear winch to wind in 100' of wire rope working on a busy roadway.

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Hello from sunny (when its not raining) Orcas Island

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Worm all the way.  Worm are much easier to maintain and much easier to repair if needed. I prefer the slow steady pull of a worm winch vs planetary.  

We have both, as it is harder to spec worm winches nowadays.   I prefer to use my Garwood, Braden, and Tulsa, if I get to choose.  They sound cooler when operating......


Nick Schade

Tony's Wrecker Service

Louisville, KY

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