Q9000 review: 1 year later
I LOVE it. Multiple LONG pulls, the control and connector are great (as well as the mud cover!). Low amperage draw motor means that the motor doesn't get hot. IMHO, a great winch for the money.
Mind you, I did most of Jeephammer's wiring upgrades. I use two Marine 820 cranking amp Dual Purpose batteries in parallel (with lend power for campsite or jumping), and I used 2/0 welding cable for ALL runs. I crimped, soldered, and sealed all connections with 2-stage shrink tubing, and I put a heavy duty marine battery switch (500 amp) to direct the power to the front, rear, or both. (I have a receiver-mount winch that can move to front or back). I also used 350 amp forklift quick disconnects.
Advantages to the Q9000 (or ANY Q-series winches): They have a warranty, their motors are intended for low amp draw, they have a solid-state, sealed contactor, and they are waterproofed. They were also designed by the Qtech team (I talked with a Qtech tech rep for about an hour on the phone), they have the design and parts availability on their website, and they WILL be in business in 5 years, so you can order any parts, if required.
It is a little longer than some of the winches out there, and location of the contactor is a bit exposed (when I put my tbi Buick 350 in the Commando, the contactor and controls will be moved under the hood). But nothing to gripe about.
You can find discounts for free shipping, and if you talk to them in person and can verify you are a vet, they *may* throw in another discount.
All in all, $299 is a great price for a winch, and if you spend the savings on proper connectors and some 2/0 welding cable and military grade battery connectors, you will not be disappointed.
I've used mine a BUNCH (mostly from trying spots that I had no business to with a Commando with a T-14 3 speed...)
That's the thing with a winch: you'll put yourself into situations you normally wouldn't go. Knowing how to winch, SAFELY, is time consuming, and unless you enjoy that kind of thing, (one winch per day trip is fun, but when you're winching out 3 or 4 times on a single trip, it gets old, FAST). Getting muddy boots also sucks when you're cleaning up...
Anyway, I'm more than pleased with the quality, power, and performance of my Q9000 (black). FWIW, I also upgraded to some quality synthetic line, so I ended up spending as much as a name-brand winch with cable... But I'm still tickled pink with the performance.