I purchased and installed a 1500 lb winch this last winter mostly for using with the snowplow on my ATV. I have had ATV's for 11 yrs and never felt a winch was absolutley necessary. Having said that its is faster to push or pull with another machine than pay out your line. On rare occasion I have used a comealong because it was necessary although very slow.
So... I just went to a link that was posted on winches and read that it is suggested that you purchase a winch that is 1.5 X's stronger than your vehicles weight. That being said if a loaded wheeler is 900 lbs X 1.5 =1350 lbs of pull suggested. So a 1500 lb winch should be more than adequate. IF it isn't strong enough then you could use a snatch block and double the pulling strength. I keep hearing about 2500 lb winches on ATV's and I'm wondering if that is necessary, overkill or more is just better. What are some of your actual experiences and opinions?