Unlike the newer planetary gear driven winches this has spur gears. Its alot stronger assembly all around. I spoke to the guy when i picked it up, He's had it on 2 vehicles and was going to mount it on his 89 yota but blew a head gasket and needed money to fix the motor and sold the winch. Even if the solenoids are bad they don't cost that much. I could tell this guy (about50-55) was an honest guy and knew what he was doing. I checked it out and theres no electrical burn smell and no burn marks. The 8274 is used heavily in the enduro races and such in south america and in Europe with great results. All in all I'll be testing it tomorrow at lunch with some jumper cables to test it without a load. Just to make sure it is all good. Iv looked in the 3-400 price range and theres nothing new that can touch the quality and performance the 8274 will provide me with.
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