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Recommended Winch for Old Trailer Winch Replacement

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I have a hand winch on a home made car hauler that is geared like the first gear on a 21 speed bicycle. Meaning with a lot of cranking it will very slowly reel in a ton of weight. I would very much like to know what kind it is and if parts are available for it, if its worth fixing or if its just a hunk of junk. As you can see in one of the images, its missing the carrier bearing. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Thanks for the photo. The Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch - TUFFPLATE Finish - 2 Speed - Direct Drive - 2,500 lbs # DL14825 you asked the question from is set-up much differently. The style of winch you have is more like a worm gear winch # DL11001.

The older mechanical trailer winches like you have unfortunately do not have replacement parts readily available, I can't determine the winch you have pictured.

My recommendation is to move to the more modern electric trailer winches like the Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 4,400 lbs # BDW15019. I've attached a couple videos to assist.

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