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Winch-Gage of Power Cable??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by IDGMC, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. IDGMC

    IDGMC 1/2 ton status

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    So what is the min. gauge that I should run to my winch? I've got an old set of jumper cables around would they be a good candidate for power wires?
     
  2. 1977k5

    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    Probably not unless they are really good jumper cables (and then why cut them up?). I know my 8274 draws 450 amps at full load so I wouldn't mess with small wiring.
     
  3. IDGMC

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    i've heard of using welding leads? I'm have a hard time finding anything heavy enough....where should I look for them?
     
  4. dontoe

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    Any welding supply has the cable. I bought 1 gauge at our two NAPA stores. I wouldn't use less than 1 gauge.........:wink1:
    You can get a $20.00 crimping tool at NAPA as well, make them last and work better that way! Ask for heat shrink for 1 gauge as well to seal them from moisture/corrosion!
     
  5. IDGMC

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    Do you remember what you paid per foot?
     
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    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Sorry, but no.........
     
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    If you've got a marine hardware store local they're a good palce to look as well. If you know exactly what you want can try westmarine.com
     
  8. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yup, I much prefer tinned marine cable to welding cable, way more durable...

    Bigger is better... :D
     
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    What do you mean by "tinned marine cable" ?
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Tinned copper cable... Far superior corrosion and electrolysis resistence compared to welding cable...
     

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