1. I have an HDX5106 with a 2550. I feel that this winch is
overloaded, in the same way that the guys with the "little" towers
feel their 1550s are overloaded. Is there something even bigger
than the 2550 I can convert to?
2. I realize these winches have an enviable track record, but
why should I want to fool with a winch having a "squeeler" brake
as opposed to a worm drive winch? Worm drive seems much more
logical to me. What I would really like to do is get worm drive
winch that is geared down another factor of 5 or 10 compared to
the 2550 and then use an electric drill on the shaft. I am
afraid if I applied an electric drill to the 2550 the brake would
overheat. It already gets extremely hot using the "armstrong"
method of propulsion. Not to mention the noise. When lowering
I have to take rest breaks ... for the winch to cool down.
Can I just put on hearing protectors and let it squeel away?
Do I stop cranking only if I see smoke?
Rick Karlquist N6RK
Dino Darling wrote:
> You'll be looking long and hard to find a better winch. I have used
> these winches on towers and in the traffic control industry (by the
> thousands) for over 20 years. A winch failure is not impossible, but
> it is usually due to poor maintenance in harsh environments.
> The engineers picked the 1550 for a reason. The 2550 has more
> capacity at a reduced (1/3) speed. BTW, how long did the 1550 last?
> If you are comfortable with picking a winch that may have not been
> used for your application, then that is your prerogative. I'd
> suggest going with the original 1550 and maybe upgrade to the 2550 if
> you don't mind spending the extra $$$. Also, there is a KX version
> of the 1550 which "offer plated gear covers for improved gear train
> protection, and a dual ratchet system for added load control security."
> Here is a post from 2003...
> Search for winches...
> Good luck!
> At 09:26 AM 3/17/2007, KT2Q wrote:
>> I was hoping the 2550 had a heavy duty mechanism compared to the
>> 1550. I guess I'll have to look elsewhere for a better winch.
> Dino - K6RIX
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