Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Southern Illinois
XRC8 winch answers I got from Smittybilt
I noticed that some of the XRC8 product descriptions list it as having a 4.1 hp motor, some even say permanent magnet while Smittybilt and some others say it is the 5.5 hp series wound. I called Smittybilt and they verified that their current model XRC8s are the 5.5 hp series wound. Further they said that the winch is identical to the XRC10 with exception to the gearing. I explained that some dealers list this as the 4.1, they said to verify that the model number is 97281, it is definitely the series wound motor.
I then called Winchdepot who list the conflicting description. Their salesman verified what Smittybilt stated. Despite their description, the XRC8 they have been selling is the 5.5 hp series wound and was an excellent buy for the price.
In my research I seen several questions concerning this, just thought I would pass the word.
By the way, today I ordered the XRC8 from winchdepot for $269 with a free winch cover and free shipping. Wichdepot offered a lifetime warranty for $30.
They have the XRC10 for $359.99. For my application I will only use this a couple times a year tops and it would be trail riding not rock crawling. I don't need the extra grunt to lift me up the side of a cliff or out of a deep mud bog, maybe just some help out of a little mud hole, off a log or out of a snowy ditch. I wanted a little faster line speed as oppose to needing extra power. I guess if I needed one that had the extra power I would have went with a brand that had a more established reputation.