I just bought a Badland 5000lb ATV Winch (pdf manual) and I want to control it with some custom software. It will need force and speed control, though not extremely accurate.
I was thinking about hooking up an Arduino Duemilanove to a driver PCB (looking for this got me to Pololu) and using a Wheatstone bridge with a pulley and rotary encoder for feedback.
So my question is: what driver would you recommend? I want to get as much power as possible without paying more than ~$100. The source will be a 12V car battery and the winch manual says it draws up to 296A.
Any other suggestions are appreciated.