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Unread 01-08-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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harbor freight winch

For all those interested I got a flier while at harbor freight that said Jan 14-17 they're having a blowout sale and their 8,000 lb winch on sale for $249.99. Reg price 359.99. From the pic it come with fair lead, cable, and clevis hook. Maybe not the best or most reliable winch on the market, but you cant beat the price. Just throwing it out there for everyone.

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Unread 01-08-2011, 10:33 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, your signature accurately describes the HF winch.
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Unread 01-08-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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I laughed when I read this:

http://www.moabjeeper.com/articles/g...?articleID=353

I think you have to really understand what you want from a winch before you make a decision on what to buy. A lot of people have done a lot of offroading without owning a winch, and many of the classic old products were unreliable dogs compared to a cheap modern winch...but a modern winch that can reel in at 47fpm and look pretty doing it? May very well be worth an extra $800.
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I have been seriously looking at the HF winches for quite some time now and that moabjeeper story cinches the deal for me. I maybe get wheeling 4 times a year, and out of those I might use a winch once in every 6. So for an 18 month use cycle, you cannot beat a HF winch. Granted, it may not pull as fast as a Superwinch or a Warn. But it gets the job done.

And since the one and only time I've ever owned anything with a winch on it was a PTO, I honestly wouldn't know if I was losing out on anything by using a HF...
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Unread 01-08-2011, 11:47 PM   #5
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I laughed when I read this:

http://www.moabjeeper.com/articles/g...?articleID=353

I think you have to really understand what you want from a winch before you make a decision on what to buy. A lot of people have done a lot of offroading without owning a winch, and many of the classic old products were unreliable dogs compared to a cheap modern winch...but a modern winch that can reel in at 47fpm and look pretty doing it? May very well be worth an extra $800.
Great read.. thanks for posting
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Unread 01-08-2011, 11:49 PM   #6
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warn M8000 for $499 FTW.
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Unread 01-08-2011, 11:53 PM   #7
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yes, yes you can beat the HF winch

a year after I bought it with minimal use, motor springs turned to dust and I had to replace those before the magnets did this:
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Ouch, maybe I'll just go with the hydraulic option I was originally looking at...
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Unread 01-09-2011, 12:24 AM   #9
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FWIW I purchased my HF8k winch back in spring 06 and it is still going strong whenever I have needed it. (Which is not a lot compared to people who off road consistently)
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I do agree that having a HF winch is better than nothing. I have a POS Mile Marker winch that came with the jeep when I bought it. The winch will not be used much, but is there just in case. Bottom line is you get what you can afford and heck with the rest.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 01:30 AM   #11
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I'm not such a fan of HF for constant use tools or toys. I wouldn't buy a kitchen knife or air compressor from them. For "enabler tools" ... stuff you need to finish this job, right now, but may not use again for years? HF is a good resource. For some tools (e.g. wrenches to have as raw material for when you need to grind/cut/weld up a special wrench) they are great. The problem is when you buy the wrong tool for your needs and then blame the tool.

If you want a winch to make life a little easier occasionally, with no plans to base your route choice on the idea that you can winch yourself up cliffs or something, I don't see anything wrong with looking at cheap stuff. Honestly, I think buying a $1500 winch when your needs are met by a $300 model makes you a poser. OTOH buying a $300 winch when when you really are going to be using it hard, every week, for years on end makes you a f...we'll go with optimist.

It's too easy to get hung up on underdogs sometimes. Hard not to have that affect you one way or the other.

Anyway... I was reluctant to mention this until I had powered it up, and I don't know if this is a North Texas thing or of more general interest, but...

Going through my local Sam's Club last week they had Champion 10k winches marked down to $229. These are the classic dog slow low (3.6) HP series wound motor winches, 85' of steel cable and a part number (11005) that doesn't show up on the champion web page, but the price is right. I don't know if those are anywhere else, and obviously it may not be marked down everywhere, but it's worth a look.

The $229 got me the winch/cable, a snatch block, clevis hook, mount channel, fairlead, remote, and power cables. I picked up a cheapie winch bumper and came out well under $600 all up. I still have my other recovery gear but I kinda expect that this thing will be easier and quicker. As quick as the EPi9.0S I was trying to talk myself into? No, but I installed everything yesterday and gave myself a little test pull... much easier than using the hi-lift.
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I am on my second HF winch. First one went 4 years of constant exposure to the elements. I pulled down trees, and countless jeeps on trails, and cars out of ditches during the Chicago winters. It finally had the magnets crumble out on our last jeep outing at the end of the trip. Out on the trail that day I noticed it was slowing down and speeding up and smelled funny. I just took a 20% off coupon and bought another one. At around $200, and lasting 4 years, Ill take it.
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Who really cares what it looks like when your stuck?? Like in the article, if it don't work when you need it, really does'nt matter whos name is on it
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Unread 01-09-2011, 06:14 PM   #14
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Unread 01-09-2011, 07:52 PM   #15
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save your money.
Isn't that why people buy these winches?
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