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Old September 7th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Anybody have any experiance with this winch. Its on sale now for 299.00. I know its overkillfor a YJ but I figure it should last longer if its not operating at its max all the time.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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Harbor Freight? Last longer? I don't have any personal experience but I tend to stay away from Harbor Freight for anything that HAS to work.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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I had one for years they are great for the money
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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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where do you see one for only 299?
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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:19 PM   #5
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I love mine, I've beaten the tar out of it and it's never given me a lick of trouble. Bought it back in about 2005, and use it regularly. A little on the slow side, but speed doesn't bother me. I've also been told that they are made by Mile Marker.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 06:26 AM   #6
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They are slow but I have not seen one fail. But they are slow. Excellent starter winch.

Did I mention they are slow?
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they are slow but i have not seen one fail. But they are slow. Excellent starter winch.

Did i mention they are slow?
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A freind runs the H F 9000# on his mud truck,Im amazed how hard it pulls.I've seen him drag that thing out of some huge holes.He buys the extended warrentee,and gets it replaced,right before the warrenty exspires,never had one fail yet.
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A freind runs the H F 9000# on his mud truck,Im amazed how hard it pulls.I've seen him drag that thing out of some huge holes.He buys the extended warrentee,and gets it replaced,right before the warrenty exspires,never had one fail yet.
Has it failed or is he just trading it in before the warranty expires? If so, what he is doing is wrong and immoral.
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I have the older one from HF works well as mentioned it is slow..
was thinking of picking one up for when the one I have fails.
for the $ and as often as I use it works well.
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Warn just came out with a line of winches to go against the Chinese imports. Maybe one of the local vendors will have a competitive price for them.
It looks like 8000# is $479 - $80 rebate = $400 for a WARN winch! Not to bad if you ask me.

http://www.warn.com/truck/winches/en..._winches.shtml

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Old September 8th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #12
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I have one on my bronco
hvent had to use it on me yet but I have used it on 3 other people in the last 2 weeks and worked great
slow but works good
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Has it failed or is he just trading it in before the warranty expires? If so, what he is doing is wrong and immoral.
Never failed,he just figured he beats the shit out of it,and might as well get a new one for free.
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just another thing to think about, but you can get the smitty built XRC8 for less than the price of the harbor freight winch. I paid $290 with a free winch cover on ebay from truckaddons. Its been great on my XJ, my buddy had had the XRC8 on his YJ for years now and its plenty strong enough, i have seen him winch directly to the right of his winch and pull the jeep up on its side when he fell thru the ice (the winch was also under water). Its a great winch for the price and at least then your buying brand name. You wont be let down by its pulling power, plenty enough power for a YJ
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I just picked up the 12000lb for $279. had a coupon. looks just like the milemarker.
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I just picked up the 12000lb for $279. had a coupon. looks just like the milemarker.
Where is it made?
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just another thing to think about, but you can get the smitty built XRC8 for less than the price of the harbor freight winch. I paid $290 with a free winch cover on ebay from truckaddons. Its been great on my XJ, my buddy had had the XRC8 on his YJ for years now and its plenty strong enough, i have seen him winch directly to the right of his winch and pull the jeep up on its side when he fell thru the ice (the winch was also under water). Its a great winch for the price and at least then your buying brand name. You wont be let down by its pulling power, plenty enough power for a YJ
It seems that the with shipping price makes it more than $300. More like $320 - $360 range.
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I got the coupon for it in the mail too. $299 for the 12k. Where did you get it down to the $279 price?

I had to be pulled out of a mud hole by a 8k one last year when my warn 8274 died (bad solenoids). It was slow but I made it out. If I had the extra money right now I would jump on the deal
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Old September 9th, 2011, 11:37 AM   #19
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I have the #8000 pound winch on my yj for about 3 yrs. now. Works great little slow but for the $ no complaints.
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I've had a few of their winches and never had a failure.

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