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Unread 08-21-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Best winch for my money

I've been looking around for a good winch for my tj so I can get myself and others out of what could be some serious problems. So in your opinions, whats the best winch for the money and durability on the market?

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Unread 08-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #2
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Warn will likely be the overwhelming reco here, but "for the money" has different implications to me.

I understand the Engo tested VERY high, second only to the Warn, and for les than a third of the price. I would have gone that route, but got gifted a Smittybilt Xrc8, which 4WP blasts out at $250 on their big sales. $300 regular price, Engo can be had at even a better "regular price" deal at $289 shipped, right here on the site, if memory serves.

I've only had my Smitty for less than 1 year, but I've abused it pretty good, still pulls.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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Get the Harbor Freight winch. I ran it for many years and only broke it because my own stupidity. I let the cable get spooled to high in the center and snapped the cross bars. They replaced it free under warranty. Sold that one to a friend who used it for 5-6 years before it died

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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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Get the Harbor Freight winch. I ran it for many years and only broke it because my own stupidity. I let the cable get spooled to high in the center and snapped the cross bars. They replaced it free under warranty. Sold that one to a friend who used it for 5-6 years before it died.
no kidding? I heard they were crap
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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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no kidding? I heard they were crap
Even Peterson's 4wd rated them top 5 for the price IIRC. Guess everyone has different opinions.

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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #6
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Stick with warn and super winch. Warn is expensive no matter which one u buy. Super winch is comparable quality but has cheaper options. Take a look at the tigershark series from super winch. Only draw back is that it is not recommended to use synthetic line. Which can be a sell point or not for you. A well taken care of steel cable will last forever but a synthetic line is recomended for replacement every year or so. They will dry out over time. Invest in somwthing that will last you the life of your vehicle rather than buying something for 300 dollars now and have to replace it bc it didnt last. I paid around 500 for my tigershark 9.5 superwinch. A couple hundred more and youll have a cheaper investment

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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:34 PM   #7
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Warn and superwinch are in thier own class.....so top 5 in a cheaper class doesnt mean its quality

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Even Peterson's 4wd rated them top 5 for the price IIRC. Guess everyone has different opinions.
was unaware. I just heard word of mouth. But heard bad experiences with just about anything that runs off electricity from there.

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Buddy of mine runs a Superwinch and loves it. I love it too, as he's pulled me out way too many times see avatar
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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #10
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Stick with warn and super winch. Warn is expensive no matter which one u buy. Super winch is comparable quality but has cheaper options. Take a look at the tigershark series from super winch. Only draw back is that it is not recommended to use synthetic line. Which can be a sell point or not for you. A well taken care of steel cable will last forever but a synthetic line is recomended for replacement every year or so. They will dry out over time. Invest in somwthing that will last you the life of your vehicle rather than buying something for 300 dollars now and have to replace it bc it didnt last. I paid around 500 for my tigershark 9.5 superwinch. A couple hundred more and youll have a cheaper investment

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What kind of money are we talking about?
This is an excellent question. I'd argue a Gigglepin is good value for the money.
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. Only draw back is that it is not recommended to use synthetic line. Which can be a sell point or not for you. A well taken care of steel cable will last forever but a synthetic line is recomended for replacement every year or so. They will dry out over time.

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hated my superwinch X9

I was meh on my M8000. thought it was overpriced

I LOVED my 8274 with a 9000 lb motor

I didn't like my 8000 lb ramsey

I loved my warn 9.5Ti

I have an integrated warn 9.5 on my TJ now and it's ok. it's pretty hammered though.

I ran 2 XRC8's and an XRC9. had an issue with a winch hook up on one XRC8 and smittybuilt was great about it. and the comp line seemed decent on the other one I ran. they were fine for the $.

I blew apart my milemarker 8000...

I think that's all the winches I've run...
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hated my superwinch X9

I was meh on my M8000. thought it was overpriced

I LOVED my 8274 with a 9000 lb motor

I didn't like my 8000 lb ramsey

I loved my warn 9.5Ti

I have an integrated warn 9.5 on my TJ now and it's ok. it's pretty hammered though.

I ran 2 XRC8's and an XRC9. had an issue with a winch hook up on one XRC8 and smittybuilt was great about it. and the comp line seemed decent on the other one I ran. they were fine for the $.

I blew apart my milemarker 8000...

I think that's all the winches I've run...
Holy smokes, that's a lot of winches!
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