Posted by: Mark Polk | 2013

71 Power Wagon PTO Winch or Electric Winch?

Braden MU2 Winch on Power Wagon

Braden MU2 Winch on Power Wagon

When I bought the Power Wagon it had a Braden MU2 PTO winch set-up in working condition. The previous owner told me the winch was completely rebuilt. These Braden MU2 winches came on old Power Wagons in the 50s. I tested the Braden winch when I sold an 80s model Trans Am and needed a way to load it on the trailer. The winch worked great but the welding and modifications made to install the winch on the truck had a lot to be desired. And because of the size of the winch it looked a bit odd on a smaller W100. It extends 18 inches out past the front of the truck. Now when I was in the military we used PTO winches all the time and you can’t beat them for durability and functionality.  As a young soldier I was a vehicle recovery specialist and drove and operated a 5 ton wrecker. So from a users viewpoint I really like the idea of a PTO winch, but from an aesthetics viewpoint I like the idea of a 12-volt electric winch.

Braden MU2 Winch Removed

Braden MU2 Winch Removed

So the dilema is do I stick with the big ugly Braden PTO winch or do I sell it and use the money for a brand new electric winch? The Braden winch is complete along with drive shaft assemblies. I have seen pricing for these winches all over the place, but I really think a complete set-up is easily worth over $1,000. I still have time to make a decision, but if somebody is interested in buying the Braden MU2 winch it would help make the decision easier.

winch bumper paintedUPDATE: I decided to go with an electric winch so I fabricated a front bumper and installed a 9500 pound 12-volt electric winch. I am glad I went with this winch because it turned out looking good. I still have the Braden winch if anybody is interested.

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