6 Benefits of Hydraulic Winches over Electric Winches

When you’re in the market for a new winch, you may ask yourself: electric or hydraulic, which is best? If you’re factoring your decision solely on cost, then you’ll likely choose electric, as those are cheaper to buy. Even if you have hydraulics on your vehicle, it’s common to also have an electric winch just in case the hydraulics fail. But if you’re looking for the best, heavy duty, professional option for winches, you need not look any further than a hydraulic winch. They’re designed for professionals and built with a range from 8,000 lbs to 30,000 lbs line pull. Here are 6 benefits of choosing hydraulic winches over electric winches.


  1. Hydraulic winches have a great reputation for reliability and will make certain, demanding pull tasks seem like child play.
  2. Your car battery. Your car battery is designed to provide a lot of power in just a few seconds (like to crank an engine), or to provide a few amps over a longer period of time, while being charged by the alternator. But electric winches require high levels of power for a long period of time, thus working against the needs and design of your battery. Hydraulic winches, on the other hand, provide enormous levels of power for an indefinite period of time.
  3. There’s no reason to fear the hydraulic winch. They’re actually pretty simple systems, and the concept itself goes back many centuries. Hydraulics is a system that has been relied upon for hundreds and hundreds of years.
  4. Stop living in a disposable society. Electric winches require you to buy and replace new systems often. Or at the very least you’ll need to buy spare parts. But why not buy a hydraulic system, which is far more durable and long lasting.
  5. Easy switch. If you already have an electric winch, have no fear – switching to a hydraulic winch is not an issue. And when you make the switch, you’ll be replacing what is long considered the most unreliable accessory on a 4×4.
  6. Safety first! Let’s face it. We don’t always have the best concentration when operating a winch. If your winch doesn’t stop when you release the button, how can that be safe? Or, perhaps you’re constantly concerned about your winch overheating, or you don’t want to use your lights or wipers because you don’t want to kill your battery. These all affect how you can use the winch safely. You don’t have to worry about these issues with a hydraulic winch.

If you’re in the market for a new winch, or have an existing electric winch but want to know more about a hydraulic winch for your vehicle, we encourage you to contact Prolift Solutions, the leader in winches and other lifting solutions. Find them online at www.prolift.com.au.

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