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My winch that died was not an Engo. It was the brand new 5hp series wound winch from a company with a name that starts with an "S", and ends with a "T". You can fill in the rest.
Who knows, you may have great luck with your winch, and I hope you do.
Oops, never mind.
They have not been out long enough to have any real world, long term reliability data. The specs seem very close to my previous winch though.
Originally Posted by Ross View Post
First of the Breed
03 Khaki Rubi
JF short arm champ
The real hero of the test IMO, was the T-Max. It was rated for the same load, and stalled at the same 8 tons, but worked totally fine afterward. It was a bit slower, a bit noisier, was probably packaged by a 9 yr old, and as a newer brand, doesn't have the track record behind it that Warn does, but based soley on performance, I'd call it the winner. We don't really know if it was a fluke, or that is an accurate representation of T-Max standards, or what sort of circus might come after a breakdown. Overall though, not having owned either brand, and based only on the data in the test, I'd pick the T-Max. Only time would tell if it was a better choice though.
Originally Posted by MayRoll View Post
The longest pull I did was a couple hours. We used two jeeps and each had a winch so there were breaks. My buddy had a s Smitybilt so my breaks were very l o n g as I waited on him. Neither one of us turned off our jeeps. Towards the end we stopped using the Smitybilt because I could move, winch and reset faster than he could just winch.
01 TJ, 34 Super Swaper 34x10.5 bias, Winch, locked, belly up, some armor, 4.0, 5spd
Originally Posted by Ross View Post
On some of the arguments above from those who claim they want their winch to be able to be pull more than their winch is rated for, be aware that the typical 5/16" wire rope only has a 9.8K minimum breaking strength and it can and will break at loads under 10K lbs. Milemarker's old Milemarker vs. Warn video showed that quite well. Even 3/8" wire rope can and does break at loads under 15K lbs, it's minimum breaking strength is only 14.4K lbs.
Cool video on that at
Rope specs at http://www.masterpull.com/cpage.cfm?cpid=197
The below pic is cool in that a friend was photographing my TJ after a climb up Sledgehammer when the steering box blew its seal, you can see it puking its power steering fluid. Which is why I couldn't start the Jeep for the winching episode, that would have forced the PS pump to run dry.
Originally Posted by ClimbStuff View Post
Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
"On some of the silly arguments above from those who claim they want their 9-10k winch to be able to pull 12,000 lbs. without breaking should be aware..."
Why did you edit this?
I am aware of all the safety issues that go along with winching, and I would never overload my winch. Rather my argument was that if my winch should be overloaded I would like that it worked afterwards.
Sayonara, go practice your spin techniques with someone else.
I just take things for what I read. I just hate people who think that they are superior because they have more money and can buy an over priced winch. These type of people will never give credit where it is due because if you don't have the "best" then you aren't worth talking too. I started this thread to give honest feedback about a product that I purchased. Yes it may not be the brand that you recommend because it doesn't have a name. I am trying to give it a name. So why do you have to come in and tell me that what I bought is inferior? In my opinion, if you aren't here to ask questions about the product, or share your experiences with this product, then you shouldn't even be posting here.
It is people like you that make this forum obnoxious to even post in. Yes you are full of very useful knowledge, and this is a place to share that knowledge. Yes you think yours is best, but do you have experience with an Engo? Not many people do, and I am trying to alleviate some of the false beliefs that a Warn is your only option if you want a good winch. There are people like me that can't afford $1200 for a winch but still enjoy wheeling. These people need a good reliable winch just as well as you do. They would like info on this product, not someone saying it sucks because it isn't a Warn. So on that note why don't you go post somewhere else where your knowledge and input is actually needed.
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