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Unread 06-13-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
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Warn Vs. Tabor Vs. SuperWinch

I am a winch noob and I had some questions.

I was wanting to know the difference (besides prices and name recognition) on these three winch companies. Tabor is made my Warn if I am correct and SuperWinch is very popular is Australia. I also know Warn has a good warrantee.

Thanks for the input. I would use this for normal winch activities and pulling cedar trees up and off my parents land.

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Unread 06-13-2006, 04:57 PM   #2
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The Tabor is made by Warn but doesn't have the full warranty a Warn has, it's like 1 year instead of limited lifetime. Superwinch has 2 manufacturing facilities, one in England and one in the US, but their EP winches are made in China. The EPs seem to be getting a pretty good reputation but there aren't as many out there so it's hard to compare to other winches. I have one and it's worked really well for me.

All their other winches are made either in the US or England and some of them are legendary outside the US, but in the US Warn is the most popular and probably has the best warranty of any winch. Everyone says Warns are "Made in the USA" but all the internals are made in third world countries. In reality, that's how all winches are made today so, to me, there isn't much difference.

There are cheap winches that cost $300 that have debatable reliability, then there is everything else. People say Warnsnever break, but how'd they get the reputation for having a good warranty if they never fail? I believe all the better winches have the same with reliability, the thing that stands out about Warns are the warranty, but you have to pay more for a Warn so ... ugh.. my head is spinning
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Unread 06-13-2006, 07:42 PM   #3
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So how do you like your SuperWinch? Have you had any problems with it? It works good for you? Any pics with it on your rig?
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Unread 06-13-2006, 09:15 PM   #4
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It's worked great for me. If I had known it was made in China I might have gotten something else, but I don't have any regrets, it's paid for itself many times over and I kinda like being the only person around that doesn't have a Warn. I might get one of the more expensive Superwinches if this one ever dies.

I have pics but something is wrong with imageshack right now so here's the only one that I know of that is hosted somewhere else. I'll post a couple more tomorrow.

This is the EPi 9.0, by the way

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I think it looks pretty sweet and original. If it works good than it does what it is supposed to do.

Thanks for the pic. . .
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Hi, New to the site and Jeeps.. always had a truck.now I got both . about 2 months ago I picked up a 2002 TJ with only 4600 miles on it.. I've been looking for a winch and have been set on getting a warn 9.5ti till someone recommended a Superwinch EPI 9.0.. Its $330 less then the warn, (Fried_Gold) I see you have one and are happy with it.. Anyone else useing one.. Just wondering on the quality and performance of it. I don't want to regret getting it just to save a buck.. Any feedback would be appriciated. thanks
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Unread 06-21-2006, 11:25 PM   #7
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I have the epi9.0 and am happy with it. I've only had to use it half a dozen times or so, but no problems and I have no worries about it in the future. I definately recommend it over the price of the warns.
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Exposed power cables last long???

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It's worked great for me. If I had known it was made in China I might have gotten something else, but I don't have any regrets, it's paid for itself many times over and I kinda like being the only person around that doesn't have a Warn. I might get one of the more expensive Superwinches if this one ever dies.

I have pics but something is wrong with imageshack right now so here's the only one that I know of that is hosted somewhere else. I'll post a couple more tomorrow.

This is the EPi 9.0, by the way

One external difference between Superwinch EPi9.0 and Warn 9.5ti is the exposed power cables (from integrated selenoid to motor). I've heard they need replacing after years of weather exposure. Is this a downside not to buy a EPi9.0?
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One external difference between Superwinch EPi9.0 and Warn 9.5ti is the exposed power cables (from integrated selenoid to motor). I've heard they need replacing after years of weather exposure. Is this a downside not to buy a EPi9.0?
I don't really see that happening. The connections are stainless, so nothing can really go wrong with them. The cables are about the same as battery cables (and they won't corrode like battery cables because the winch doesn't contain sulfuric acid like a battery does) so if something did happen, they'd be easy to replace.

The connections are covered with rubber boots and some of my boots did start cracking and falling apart after about a year, so I took them off and half-wrapped the connections with friction tape, but I did that mostly for looks.

With boots


With friction tape. I meant to look around for some more boots to cover them up completely but never got around to it. The connections have been exposed like that for a year or so and are still shiny and silver.


If you're trying to decide on a Warn 9.5ti or a Superwinch, I'd get the Warn. I couldn't be happier with my Superwinch, but Warn is probably the most reliable winch around and has the best warranty. So if you have $1000 for a Warn, by all means get it, but if you want a darn good winch for half the price I certainly recommend the Superwinch. If there were a problem with the cables (which I don't believe there to be), I would not let that be the deciding factor between Superwinch and Warn.
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