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Unread 10-06-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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Warn M8000 discrepancies?

I'm about to buy a Warn M8000 and I've noticed there seem to be two different solenoid box appearances. On simply has a big red "W" on the box, the other has a much smaller Warn logo consisting of a small red "W" with the word "Warn" on the W and says M8000 below it.

What's the difference between these two? Is it the manufacture date, or something? If there are no technical differences between the two, then I prefer the one with the simple huge "W." Anyone have the one with the smaller-looking logo? I don't think I've actually seen one on a Jeep. Thanks.

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Unread 10-06-2011, 12:54 AM   #2
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At some point Warn changed the specs of the M8000 from using a solenoid to a contactor control as was already used on their higher end winches.
I'm not certain, but I believe the smaller W and M-8000 logo indicates the newer control box... it will also have the words "contactor control" on it. I was specifically looking for this when I bought my M8000.
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What are you calling a "contactor control"? Both my previous Warn HS-9500i and present <1 year old Warn 9.5xp use electromechanical solenoids.
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"Contactor control" is Warn's terminology. From my research the functional difference between a contactor and a solenoid actuated relay is subtle, somewhat like the distinction between a boat and a ship. The term contactor includes power devices with current capacities far beyond what would be termed a relay, so it may be partly marketing speak on Warn's part.

Warn's newer higher end winches are listed as having a contactor control vs. a solenoid. One of the differences between the entry-level VR8000 and the M8000 is the former still has a solenoid control.
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So you guys are saying the difference between the big red W and the little sticker-looking thingy is a high-quality solenoid vs a slightly re-designed high-quality solenoid? Because let's face it— as advanced as Warn is/was, I don't think their R&D labs have come up with a way to eliminate the need for solenoids in motors powered by electricity. That said, is there any appreciable functional difference between the two winches? Anyone from Warn should feel free to chime in here...
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Man, I think you will be fine with either one.
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Superwinch was a great company but now all but two of their winches are made in China. Only their S9000 and X9 are still made in the U.S. I'd buy their S9000 or X9 but I wouldn't buy any of their Chinese made winches.
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