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Master Lock 2953AT 12-Volt DC Portable Winch

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  • 12-volt portable winch with remote and hand crank
  • Attaches to ball mount or a flat surface with plate
  • Capacities: 2000-pound pulling, 5000-pound marine, 6,000-pound rolling
  • Includes power battery cables, remote, back-up hand crank and safety hook
  • Convenient built-in carrying handle; 1-year warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Master Lock
Item Weight 25.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 14 x 12 x 10 inches
Item model number 2953AT
Manufacturer Part Number 2953AT

Technical Specification

Additional Information

ASIN B000COTKDM
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 262 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,563 in Automotive (See top 100)
#10 in Industrial & Scientific > Material Handling Products > Pulling & Lifting > Winches
#10 in Automotive > Exterior Accessories > Towing Products & Winches > Winches
#374 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Garage & Shop
Shipping Weight 25.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available January 1, 2008

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No need to buy a winch for each vehicle or trailer, this portable DC-powered unit mounts to any hitch or flat surface to haul in that boat, vehicle, trailer, and more! The winch can be temporary or permanently mounted to either a ball-mount hitch or a flat surface. A parallel-shaft gear ensures efficient power for rolling wheeled trailers and vehicles up to 6,000 pounds, pulling things up to 5,000 pounds through water, or dragging items up to 2,000 pounds. The winch shuts down automatically if overloaded. And, a toggle remote control lets you control the action from a distance. The winch is equipped with a 20-foot cable that reaches easily from the front of any truck back to a standard trailer--a nice feature for towing the boat in snug up against the trailer. --Brian D. Olson

From the Manufacturer

No need to buy a winch for each vehicle or trailer, this portable DC-powered unit mounts to any hitch or flat surface to haul in that boat, vehicle, trailer, and more. The winch can be temporarily or permanently mounted to either a ball-mount hitch or a flat surface. A parallel-shaft gear ensures efficient power for rolling wheeled trailers and vehicles up to 6,000 pounds, pulling objects up to 5,000 pounds through water, or dragging items up to 2,000 pounds. The winch shuts down automatically if overloaded. A toggle remote control lets you control the action from a distance. The winch is equipped with a 20-foot cable that reaches easily from the front of any truck back to a standard trailer--a nice feature for towing the boat snug up against the trailer.


2953AT Portable Electric Winch
2953AT:  2,000 lbs., 12-volt DC Electric Winch
  »  Powerful rack and pinion gear design.
  »  Can be temporarly mounted to a ball mount, or attached to a flat surface.
  »  Battery cables, remote control, back–up hand crank, and hook with safety latch included.
  »  Convenient carrying handle built into winch housing.
  •  Cable Length: 30 ft. (29 ft. working length)
  •  Maximum Designed Stall Load: 2100 lbs./kg
  •  Current Draw: @ 150 lbs. Load: 4 to 6 amps; @ 2,000 lbs. Load: 20 amps
  •  Net Weight: 27 lbs.
  •  Line Speed: 6 ft./minute (with load)
  •  Power Supply: 12 Volts DC
  •  Overall Dimensions: 7.8" H x 9.6" W(D) x 9.9" L
Includes:
Mounting Plate
8-3/4" x 4-15/16" x 5/32"
20' Power Cable

Hand Crank

Remote Control:
Cable – 9'9"

Pull Strength Performance Rating
Cable Layer      Capacity lbs./kg
1.................................. 2000/907
2.................................. 1510/685
3.................................. 1210/549
4.................................. 1010/458
Duty Cycle
  »  Fully loaded @ 2000 lbs. @ 6 to 8 minutes of operation.
      Allow 5 minutes to cool before resuming use.
  »  Light loaded @ 150 lbs. @ 6 to 8 minutes of operation.
      Allow 1 minutes to cool before resuming use.
Capacity: 6000 lb. Rolling
                   5000 lb. Marine
                   2000 lb. Pulling
Max Boat Weight: 5000 lb.
Max Boat Size: 18 ft.


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Verified Purchase
Let's not get carried away. This is not a big winch like the ones you see fastened to the bumpers of monster 4-wheelers. It is much simpler than that. And for what it is designed to do it works very well. For infrequent light duty winching this is the perfect tool.

It has a built in handle for carrying, detachable power and control cords, and enough cable to get you within 25 feet or so of whatever you are winching. It has a 2000 lb rating, and will pull that much easily. Not quickly, but easily. It has a manual crank that can be attached to the shaft. It also has a very handy mounting plate designed to slip over the ball on a ball-hitch.

The clutch is manual, and drag is set by means of a threaded knob on the shaft. It is very simple to use. Simply connect the power and control cables, loosen the clutch, pull the cable to whatever you need to pull and hook it up. Then tighten the clutch and press the button on the control handle and start winching. Be patient. There is only one speed and it is slow. But it works.

I have tested the winch by hanging it from a beam and picking up the front of a truck with no problem. Then we really put it to the test by using it to pull our garden tractor out of the mud. It was a long pull so we needed to add a tug strap but it was easy enough to hook up. The pull was painless. The winch is slow because it gets it's power through gearing. It is quite a drain on a car battery, so it helps to leave your engine running while you pull.

Not something you would want to use every day but very handy to have around. For my money this is a 5-star tool. Great for the boat owner or for use around the farm.
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First and foremost, let's be honest: this thing costs $60-something (April 2012). This thing has pulled up 3500 lbs up 30 degrees, so it's plenty powerful, that's for sure. The removable feature is great and it's light enough where you can put it on and off as you please. Simple to use, so good marks there.

There are a couple of bad features, however.

1. Short battery cables - I don't know what vehicle they're comparing the length to, but most pickup type trucks or full sized trucks would not reach with these cables. I had to add an extra 6 or 7 feet to reach the engine bay. Not a problem for those using battery booster type devices and running it closer to the winch, but an annoying problem for everyone else.

2. Short controller cables - Again, it would be great to be able to walk all the way to the back of a trailer, for example, and use the winch at the same time, but not so. Either you have to leave the controller in the front, go to the back, then return to operate it again, or you need someone else to help you. Not a big deal for smaller trailers, annoying on anything over 14 feet.

3. Difficult-to-insert connectors - It's very difficult to put in the rubberized connectors for power and controller. They are marked with a rib to make it idiot proof which is nice, but the rubber - obviously in place to make it waterproof - makes it a bit of a chore to put it in and out. On a winch designed to be removable, this is silly.

4. No back up (power out) control - This is the big one for me. I should have probably been careful and read and re-read the description, but this feature is oh so important and not having it makes using it a drag, so much so that I now have to buy a second winch and dispose of this one (at least for main duties).
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I am giving this 5 stars. If you compared it against most mounted winches, it would get a 4 star because of capacity. If you could rate other mounted winches on portability against this one, they would only receive 4 stars. Because of it's portability, the 2000 pound capacity is extremely high for something so compact and light. You have to hand tighten the knob on the side to ensure the clutch is all the way engaged to achieve the full load. You can achieve double the load by running a snatch block like the Champion one here Champion Power Equipment C18003 Winch Snatch Block. I also bought a two pack of 3/4 D-rings Rugged Ridge 11235.04 3/4" Black D-Shackles - Pair, an over axle strap Keeper (04228) 36" x 2" Premium Axle Strap with D-Ring, and a Keeper (02612) 6' x 2" Lift Sling Keeper (02612) 6' x 2" Lift Sling. Total expense WITH this winch was $120 Prime not including the 30 foot strap I already owned. It is just like this one for $18 which Grip 30 ft x 4 in Heavy Duty Tow Strap would bring you up to $138 Prime total. I used this to recover a Subaru Outback already which was way off the road. I had to use the snatch block until I realized that the car was both in gear (manual) with the e-brake set! Once they were released I was able to pull it without the snatch block. I was impressed that I was even able to pull it with the car in gear and e-brake set at all.
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the most frustrating thing is the speed; it is ultra slow, ULTRA...it also kept coming off of it's mounting bracket as there is a lot of wiggle room when placed over the mounting studs...it would seem you really need to make further arrangements in bolting this to it's mounting plate, a lunch pin for example.

i mounted it on the tractor and went to haul up some logs. the cable run is about 30feet; sounds like a lot until getting down in a ravine and seeing just how short that is...i attached an added chain, but still there was only a 30foot run at a time before having to go back down and make new attachments.

i do belive the pulling data is very accurate, i tried to pull my 2500 pound tractor on a 5% grade. it did it BUT i could have retired in the process...ULTRA slow.

there may be times when very slow is good as in tightening fence lines, pulling in a boat....but most of what i do around the farm speed is more important to me...if i were to guess i would say it winches in at about 6inches a minute. they say not to run the motor more than 8-12 minutes...so, gee that figures out to be a whopping 6feet in 12 minutes....

the setup seems solid except the plastic housing which if rather flimsy, as evidenced when it fell off the mounting plate...maybe a fall of 1 1/2 foot...the housing got big deep scrathes and seperated at the seam. they mention it is not waterproof, well you can surely believe that.

i will keep it as for the price it will have some uses, like fence pulling, lifting the motorcycle from a rafter/pulley to change tires etc...but for log pulling, moving something up to the flatbed well there are faster ways.
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