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Old 08-05-2011, 11:15 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Some people may not be able to afford an expensive winch, so I would rather see them have a winch made by a 12 year old Chinese kid than no winch (if those are really the options). I personally have only used Warn and Ramsey without a failure (and yes, I know they fail too sometimes)...but nothing seems to clog the trail more than the guy with no winch at all with his buddies trying to manuver and strap and winch him out.

So bottom line...buy the best you can afford (I feel like all the Chinese ones are probably similar, but have no testing to back that up)...just have one.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:30 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Just a heads up in the latest issue of Petersen's 4wheel there is a harbor freight coupon for the 9000 lb badland winch for $249.99

coupon code: 20861456
The coupon appears to work online as well.
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i had a warn x9000di for a few years and lately have been running a 8000lb harbor freight one off my car trailer on my s10 with 33s. so far i dont notice not one difference. except the harbor freight one is way slower. for a third of the price really isnt that bad of a winch
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I've been strongly considering snatching up a small badland winch for a front suck down winch on the TJ. What could go wrong...



Eh... for the price I figure it would at least be a cheap way to suck down the front end for as long as it lasted.

My dad has one of the cheapo HF camo winches in his shop all ripped apart and he informed me of the quality of the bearing and gears in said winch. I don't know if the camo one was a badland winch, but that particular winch didn't sound like it would last through a whole lot of abuse.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:19 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:45 PM   #56 (permalink)
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i recently bought a viper 9500 (motoalliance.com) i got it for 340.00 i think? with a winch cover, snatch block, remote control, a pair of leather gloves and a storage bag. I had a viper on my side by side so I figured I would give it a shot.
I put it on a HARD HARD pull saturday with the cable spooled all the way out and the front bumper on the truck pushing heavy thick mud (so thick you could walk on it)
The only problem I have with it is that it is hesitates in reversing when you have a heavy load on it.
Again as mentioned above, It LOOKS identical to many of the other ones out there.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:47 PM   #57 (permalink)
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I built the winch and tested it by hooking it up to my tj battery and it worked great, so I built a mount for it for my trailer and I can also install it on the tow hitch of my truck if needed. I now just have to wire it up so I juat bought a couple of 30 foot rolls of black and red 4 ot wire from pep boys for $30.00 a roll and also ordred a connector that is waterproof and has a cap online for $30.00.
Looks great on there.

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i got one for 249.99 in the new 4wheeler mag,
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I think it was petersons mag that did a comparison between 8 winches and the one from summit and the one from harbor frieght failed to work out of the box
Warn placed first of course but they were comparing a pricy $1400 warn against those cheapo winches which doesnt make sense to me

If i were to go with a cheap winch id probably go with the smittybuilt as the lowest i'd go. know a couple people with them that havnt had issues

I'm in the process of getting a m8000 right now for the runner
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I just bought the 2000 lb badlands winch from hf and mounted it in the rear for a suck down winch. Seems to work ok. Time will tell. For only $50 bucks how can ya go wrong?!
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I think it was petersons mag that did a comparison between 8 winches and the one from summit and the one from harbor frieght failed to work out of the box
Warn placed first of course but they were comparing a pricy $1400 warn against those cheapo winches which doesnt make sense to me
the super winch and t-maxx where both $1000. warn wasn't the only pricy one they tested. but with the HF going for 50% off of their listed price it's way less than the others. and with the warranty available they could have gotten a working one. same with the summit one that caught fire. lol.

what i don't get is how the warn pulled the shortest distance, blew it's self up, and was the most expensive by 40% and still won.
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Doesn't hurt that you can get a 2 year free replacement (no questions asked) warranty for $49.99.
Not to mention for the warranty, you just call them up, tell them whats wrong, and they ship you another in a few days. You dont have to take your current one back to the store for exchange.
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I'm not too quick to beleive much that's posted in petersens. Ya, i have a subscription... But it seems like the whole mag is advertising for this or that. The seem to outline and emphasize company's... Don't get me wrong, i love the magazine, but it just seems a little convenient that two of the cheaper winches didn't work...

and, if it wasn't petersens that did that comparison, then i'm sorry for the rant ha ha...But the same holds true for most of the 4x4 mags.
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We have had the Harbor Freight Bad Lands 5k ATV Winch on our Samurai Buggy for awhile now. It has worked great. We really need to get some Winch Line for it though as the steel cable is getting nice and mashed.
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i have had my hf for 5 years with not one issue but it's not fast at all.
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New 6000 lb HF winch, First run video i took..

Straight out of the box. 3 hours later it yanked my Jetta TDI up no sweat, barely off the 5th spool so it seems to have plenty of energy. My Jetta is listed at 4034lbs curb weight (which seems heavy for that car, but it is a diesel).
Paid $250 for the winch at Harbor Frieght, another $90 for a 700CCA battery, and $12 for a battery box. For what I have and what it does, it's a helluva bargain.

Only problem I had was VW puts their tow hook under the side vent, so the cable retracted on one side and bunched up. I was able to back it out, then respool by hand no problemo.

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last week I got the Badlands 5k for a suck down on my comp rig. It came with the exact same controllers, wiring, and relays as my warn 3500 did. It worked perfect all day at the first comp. Its a little bigger than a normal atv winch, and much smaller than a short drum 9k winch. IMO its the perfect suck down winch. $200 with a 2 year no questions asked warranty. So far it has out lasted my warn 3500 in the same application. Time will tell.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:26 PM   #68 (permalink)
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if I may... I bought my HF/Badlands 12,000# winch about a month ago...






from when I was mocking up and testing the winch on my car trailer.







using it to upright an 8 year old flowering plum tree that got knocked over by the recent hurricane passage.





using the wife's car to respool the line afterwards.




how it's mounted to the jeep when I use it (need to get a different hitch though... receiver tube is just too far recessed for my liking now. or I need to get a different winch plate.)

So far it's worked fine on everything I've asked of it.
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I ran an old Chico electric 8000lb jobber for a couple years. I traded a set of bald 31s and rims for it. When The solenoids started getting flaky, I picked up a used m8000.

I made a bunch of long hard pulls on that old thing, and it served me very well. But I am happier with the warn, as I progress to running harder trails and needing it a little more often...
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The Badlands 12k is on sale this month with a coupon for $299.
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Just to set a few things straight:

We no longer have the production plant in Mexico; we stopped using it about a year and a half ago. We need to update that.

As far as the Polaris thing, Polaris has its own line of winches that are made in China. These are not WARN winches. We do, however, supply WARN winches to Polaris as an accessory, but they'll have a WARN logo on them, and will have our red hook strap. The Polaris winches will usually come with an orange strap.

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So which of your winches are made in the USA? Or which are not?
Just picked up a new VR8k winch ysterday.... This is right on the box.... and it also says "country of origin- USA" on another label. Seems like a real SOLID winch for the price, time will tell.....
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For the Warn? 399~ + tax.

For US made and a good warranty, I am content with that.

I almost opted for the smittyblt 8k with synthetic, but after seeing some pictures of corroded solenoids in new out of the box units I really question the QC on them.
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For the Warn? 399~ + tax.

For US made and a good warranty, I am content with that.

I almost opted for the smittyblt 8k with synthetic, but after seeing some pictures of corroded solenoids in new out of the box units I really question the QC on them.
Where does it actually say it was "Manufactured" in the USA? Lots of things are designed engineered, and assembled in the US with foreign parts....
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Where does it actually say it was "Manufactured" in the USA? Lots of things are designed engineered, and assembled in the US with foreign parts....


Yeah.... so??? Even ithe Jeep I am putting it on has MANY parts not made here. Guess what? I have an 89 4runner that wasn't made here too, does that make it faulty?

Point is that the quality control is far better.

By the way, what do you drive? Where was it assembled?
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