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post #16 of 22 Old 05-17-2011, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by mhcurlee View Post
I saw a recent winch shoot-out and was very surprised to see the Harbor Freight winch end up to be one of three winches to make it to the end of the test (standing beside Warn and Superwinch).
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I'm going to be ordering mine!
I might need to visit Harbor Freight first!

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post #17 of 22 Old 05-17-2011, 09:24 PM
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I've had an M8000 up front for a few years now. Used it last weekend to pull a civic from some sand. Before that it probably hasn't been used in over a year. Sits up front in all weathers and driving conditions and is there working when occasionally needed. A real winch test is how it performs over time, which the Warn does well.

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post #18 of 22 Old 05-17-2011, 10:24 PM
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I've got the xrc8 and don't have any complaints with it. Buried my jeep up to the headlights with the winch under water and it still pulled me out.
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post #19 of 22 Old 05-17-2011, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by TJDaveC View Post
I've got the xrc8 and don't have any complaints with it. Buried my jeep up to the headlights with the winch under water and it still pulled me out.
I also loved that winch. For the money it was great. I have had two of them and they both worked great. Had the price of a Warn not come down a lot, I have no doubt I would buy another XRC8.

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post #20 of 22 Old 05-17-2011, 10:52 PM
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I know it's no Warn or Smittybuilt but this past Christmas I went to South Carolina and saw it on sale about $80 cheaper then the one in the link. I took a risk and bought it anyways 500 miles it set in the back seat not knowing if I would like it or not and I have to admit it truly surprised me, it's over kill for my jeep I know but one thing Ive learned from this forum is its better to have to much then not enough. My only complaint is it's kinda slow, but it proved it was well worth the money when I went to Black Mtn the first time lol. Sorry for the ramble.
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post #21 of 22 Old 05-18-2011, 06:04 AM
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In the latest shootout in Four Wheeler magazine, Warn failed the stall test (shredded the internals) just like many of the less expensive brands. Engo was one of two that actually endured the extreme torture test. I am thinking that Warn has changed production materials to meet the new lower price points. They certainly aren't going to lower their margins to help consumers....

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post #22 of 22 Old 05-18-2011, 03:09 PM
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The winch just arrived. Looks to be in one piece and it is not a boat anchor or a pile of rocks.
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