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    Default Are hydraulic winches hard to come by?

    I have not seen many trucks at auction with winches. Are they hard to come by?

    Is it hard to source parts or add them to existing trucks?

    Is there an aftermarket PTO hydraulic power pack that is easier to get?

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    my opinion you know what it is like every one has one and mine is the only one that doesn't stink. the winches are out there on riggs being scrapped they seem to command a decent price and are marginal at best for that sized truck a 2 part block is a must. on a single line pull top layer it wont begin to move the truck to get max pull you will have to have it down to the last layer. I do like the idea of a front or rear pull on the same winch, I feel that a wider drum and less layers are a more usable configuration for recovery work. with skid plate modification there is lots of room behind the front bumper and some creativity could get one mounted in the rear also which would be better for self recovery.

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    It's a neat setup being able to winch front or back. Not that many trucks have the winch. Easiest way to get a complete winch setup is buy a winch truck and switch the stuff over to yours.

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    I'm not familiar with the FMTV PTO. Is that the same 6 bolt as the 939 series Allison PTO and is there room for a direct mount pump? I know the same PTO works on the M35A3 with Allison.

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    It's different. Electrically actuated. Pto port is on drivers side of trans. It's a tight fit.

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    Is there an aftermarket PTO that might work?

    I would prefer a different style winch anyway.


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    Don't know. I'm sure there are ptos that will bolt up. Just need to find a setup that fits. It's expensive stuff though, others have searched in the past. First gen trucks have manual throttle up and A1 trucks it's electronic.

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    Sounds like you would have to buy an A1 with a winch or the first gen may possibly be compatible with an aftermarket but no one knows yet.


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    Why not find the specs and see if the components are available to make it happen. I see the PTO is a bevel gear and much wider, so could transmit more PTO power than the 939 series spur gear. Allison tends to standardize, so it may be used on a lot of trucks, like refuse collector packers and the like.

    Will, do you know the pressure of the system (high 4-5k or agricultural 1200-1500# like 939 series)? How big is the winch motor?

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    the pto is the same on all 3000 series trucks I have seen some 2 wd trucks with the pto window on the passengers side most I have seen are on the drivers side of the transmission

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