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Old January 22nd, 2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default harbor frieght winch.. good or not?

is anybdoy running a harbor frieght winch? i dont have the money to spend on a good one and i really want/need one. and i was wondering if its worth the money or just wait to get a real good one?
i think they offer a 5500 and an 8000 pound one.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 12:59 PM   #2
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I would try winchdepot.com for a Smittybuilt before I bought the HF one. I have the XRC8 and their customer service has been excellent!

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http://www.winchdepot.com/Winches-Wi..._pn=S%2fB97281

$269 with cover
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:01 PM   #3
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how long did it take to ship to your place?

look better than the HF one anyways. i'll deffinetly check that place out before i buy anything.

does yours work well? any problems?
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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is anybdoy running a harbor frieght winch? i dont have the money to spend on a good one and i really want/need one. and i was wondering if its worth the money or just wait to get a real good one?
i think they offer a 5500 and an 8000 pound one.
I bought the 8000lb one for my car trailer and it works just fine, with the 15% discount i paid around $300 for it.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:21 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure PCK_4xCustoms is running one on his rig
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:23 PM   #6
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I have one on my toyota, It works good just a little slow
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:43 PM   #7
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I had one on my old TJ it worked but reeeeaaaal slow, and get a cover for it in winter. Mine froze up while driving thru freezing rain on my way to the Sno-blind and I could not get it working the whole week-end.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 03:18 PM   #8
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I have a 10k on my TJ. I've used it a couple times on some decent pulls. It's slow, but that's only a problem when your reeling everything back in. I haven't had a problem with mine at all. I've talked to guys with smaller ones though and they've had some troubles with overheating. Mine doesn't really work hard so I haven't had that problem. I paid something like 360 for mine with HFs no questions asked 3 yr warranty. If I break a cable or anything, I get a new winch.

I'm happy so far.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 03:29 PM   #9
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I have a 10k on my TJ. I've used it a couple times on some decent pulls. It's slow, but that's only a problem when your reeling everything back in. I haven't had a problem with mine at all. I've talked to guys with smaller ones though and they've had some troubles with overheating. Mine doesn't really work hard so I haven't had that problem. I paid something like 360 for mine with HFs no questions asked 3 yr warranty. If I break a cable or anything, I get a new winch.

I'm happy so far.
x2 Ive got the 10k and ive done some hard sideways pulls with it through deep heavy snow. It is slower but it works damn well imo. Buddy had the 8000# one and used that thing for 3 years without a problem and he submerged that thing in mud more times than i can remember and pulled while under too.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 10:44 PM   #10
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I'd go the Smittybuilt. The Gen 2 has a series wound motor and is a rebadged t-max. The HF is still a permanent magnet motor IIRC and going to be just as slow.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 12:55 AM   #11
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i konw acouple people with them, and they work pretty well for the price. i was told they have the same internals as mile marker, but dont take my word for it
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 12:59 AM   #12
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always buy a warrenty
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 03:20 PM   #13
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When I bought mine I did quite a bit a research first. Google it and you'll find quite a few reviews. I never read anything bad really about the HFs winches except the speed. Yes, they are the same winch as the milemarker electrics.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 05:39 PM   #14
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Ran a HF10k in my heavy 67 scout, worked fine. Just like they say above, it's not speedy but it's been dependable.

My dad now uses this winch for his 5th wheel car hauler. Slow speed for great control. :P (scouts in rebuild stage so i won't need it for a long while.) :)
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pretty much what everybody else says, I have the 10k on my bronco i ve made a bunch of heavy pulls over almost 4 yrs now, and no problems, its just slow, they are on sale right now too 400, with roller fairlead and mounting plate, if the speed isnt a problem to you just get the warranty and no worries
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Old January 31st, 2009, 06:54 PM   #16
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wll what do you want when your winching?

a winch thats fast or slow?
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Old February 1st, 2009, 07:40 AM   #17
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I have bought 3 of the HF 8000 lb winches ,when they were 300.00 with mount plate included. I have sold all 3 to friends and they all still work well . Extremely slow but I could have bought 4 for the price of my Warn. If one fits your budget and personal needs its a good deal or you could carry a herd of turtles with you and harness them for faster pulling speed!
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JP did a winch test and the HF held up good there only complaint was it was slow.

If you go to there web site i bet you can look it up.....
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When I was looking for a winch I found a Harbor Freight (which is Chicago Electric) 8K one on eBay, pick up only, for $145 with the mounting plate. I've had it for 3 or 4 years. It has worked flawlessly. Saved my skin at least once. One time I had to pull to 4 different anchors to get up and over what I call talcum powder hill. It's slow...but steady. I made my own cover out of some naugehyde.
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wll what do you want when your winching?

a winch thats fast or slow?
Fast no load line speed, if you are in the type of situations where you are winching under power.
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