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Old 02-11-2004, 06:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Chicago Electric (or Harbor Freight) 9K winch

I see that Harbor Freight has a 9K winch with roller fairlead for $499. The line speed sucks, but other than that, is it a good option for a low buck winch option?

Anybodies rig light up with one of these?
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i believe you could get the Magnum 9000 (made by warn) or a warm m8000 for the same price and free shipping from some places. If I remember correctly one of vendors in the vendor section carrys the magnum. I could be wrong though

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yeah i got a warn m8000 with a hawse fairlead, from 4wp's it's a really good deal, and well worth the extra 100 bucks over the 399 deals you can get on a ramsey rep8000.
oh i got the winch for 499 with free shipping
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Old 02-11-2004, 08:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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last I checked harbor freight had them for $299, plus $29 for the roller farilead.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40764
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Old 02-11-2004, 10:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You get what you pay for. The Chicago Electric/ HB are crap on a stick. Get a Warn.
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Old 02-11-2004, 11:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not bad for the $

I probably would not buy the 9000# Chicago (too much $) but I did buy the 8000# Chicago. I paid $279 (on sale) shipped. I was leary but was pleasantly surprised when I got it. If I used it more than a couple times a year I would probably not have bought it. Yes, it is slow and the control box is plastic.

That said, it is "good" for the money. Would buy again.
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Old 02-11-2004, 03:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There's always the MileMarker electrics too.. pretty cheap, kinda slow but mine has never left me stranded.
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Save your $$$ and buy the Warn 8274. I know it's expensive, but it'll be the last winch you ever buy.
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Old 02-11-2004, 04:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Unless you are looking to buy new look at ebay. I got a couple of used winches that way, and both were a great deal. Or look at your local offroad shops they sometime have used winches for cheap.
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go to yahoo and type in "warn winches" alot of stuff there and quite a few vendors who are selling the cheap
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I picked up a MM 9000 from a guy on ebay. Free shipping and it was still cheaper than anywhere else.
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There is a company called Raymart that makes their own winches. From what I understand the internal parts for Ramsey winches are produced by them. They started producing their own winches and they are about $380 I think.
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I got the HF 8000#, so far it has worked fine from testing,but no real world situations have arrived yet...so im still crosing my fingers. I got mine for $300
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Apparently they sometimes go on sale for $269.

http://www.jeepspeak.com/ce_winch.asp
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got my harbor freight 8000#(chicago electric) for $247 plus shipping, it works every time flawlesly (even though it is slower than slow) and i have used it a bit in real world use.
even draged a 1 ton dually crew cab ford sideways out of the mud
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Raymart winch

Here is a photo of the Raymart 10,000 lb. winch. The manufacturer claims they supply most of the parts to Ramsey and milemarker. In fact, the Milemarker winch looks almost identical from external features also. If anyone is interested, I can post their line speed and amp draw data. Pricing is fairly inexpensive compared to some of the private labled brands. The Raymart website mentions a goal of 5 million winch sales reached. Check out www.goldenwinch.com. I have an 8000 and a 10,000 still here to sell.
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Sorry for the thread resurrect, just had a couple questions about the Raymart winches (if anyone is running them). They appear to be series wound, which is better than (last time I checked) the MM's permanent magnet motor. I know the harbor freight winches use 'bushings' instead of bearing inside, does anyone know if the raymarts use bushings or bearings?
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I was looking over a Raymart 10,000# winch this past weekend at a tool outleet near Pigeion Forge TN............ the thing looked sweet!......... price on it was $399....if we would have had room for it in the trunk of the car I would have bought it then......trying to find some info about it now.........

and need to sell my warn bellvue too
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There's always the MileMarker electrics too.. pretty cheap, kinda slow but mine has never left me stranded.
What did you pay for it? And have you used it a lot?
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