Originally Posted by yooperjeeper88
How well is the winch bilt? Been considering one since it came out. Heard a lot of mixed reviews on smittybilt though. And yes I know its made in China.
I'm no winch expert as this is my first one. I used it for the first time yesterday, once for self recovery out of about three feet of slush snow, once to move a tree off the trail which was maybe 1,000 lbs and a couple of times to pull a buddies TJ out of the previously mentioned snow when the tow straps weren't long enough to reach and once out of a muddy ditch. The first few pulls I used the wireless remote option available on my X20 but when seated in the drivers seat it failed to pull consistently like the winch was losing the signal from the remote now and then. On the mud pull I wired the remote and it worked fine so maybe the wireless feature is just crap or is a line of sight type remote. Also a few times I had a tough time switching the clutch lever from engaged to free spool and vice versa. By turning the drum a little while engaged or pulling a little line in free spool mode i was then able to turn the lever.
As far as how well is the winch built I guess I would say it seems stout. When winching my buddy out of the mud I had my brakes applied and the winch was pulling me across a dirt road towards him and didn't bog at all but I would think a 10k winch should.