What do you all think? Which is a better buy? Both are 299.99 + shipping. The superwinch is rated at 8500lbs and the Smittybilt is 8000 but that's not enough to sway my decision. I'm a weekend warrior on the trails and want the piece of mind of being able to winch out when alone. Warn is too expensive so let's stick to these two for now.
I got the Smitty because it was in-stock at 4WP and I could go pick it up immediately before the wife changed her mind about me spending $700 on the Jeep (for receiver, winch cradle, winch, and wiring).
The XRC8 has a great reputation as a good, reliable budget winch. Superwinch has a great reputation too.
Let's compare amp draw, pulling power, and line speed. Some winches fall off quickly in power with added wraps. Bear with me I don't know what the results will be here.
My conclusion here is that the LP8500 draws a lot less current with the 4.5hp motor than the Smittybilt's 5.5hp motor. The SB has a lower gear reduction 172.8:1 instead of 235:1 and as a result, pulls a LOT faster than the Superwinch. By the time the Superwinch hits 4500 lbs it is lower than the slowest speed of the Smitty.
Both have the same length and grade of cable. I think the Smittybilt wins this comparo, at least on paper.
I ordered the Smitty. Now, what should I do about power? Dual battery? Single dry cell battery? It will be the only aftermarket toy that needs additional power for now although adding some power to the back for an air compressor, camping fridge etc wouldn't be a bad idea.
A single good battery will do you fine. I've heard too many reports of Optima's decline in quality of late, I think Sears has the best battery on the market in their Die Hard Platinum line.
I too would buy the synthetic line separately. Smittybilt had an issue about a year ago where they were shipping their XRC8 comps with hooks only rated at 3000lbs. They replaced all the hooks, but I'd go with a name-brand synthetic line with a rated hook/safety thimble over what comes in the box with the XRC8 Comp.
I would love to have synth on my XRC8 though, that winch + cradle is heavvvvy.
Depends. A lot of "expedition rigs" have a dual-batt setup. But things like the ARB fridge is only like .75A to run. Me? I have a cooler and a bag of ice. Look at "reserve capacity" ratings. I spent about a hundred bucks on a battery to get 1000CA and 150 minute reserve capacity. That's the ability to run 150 minutes with a draw of 20 amps and still be able to start the engine. It's going to take a lot of camping accessories to drain that.