Bob - yea it wasn't intended as a slap by any means lol - just stating some points is all. And thanks for the nice comment
I stripped the stickers off of it, I can't take a company called "Tuff Stuff" seriously - why did I purchase it?
1. very similiar in specs to a warn
2. 6.65hp serial wound motor - one of the strongest I found
3. the load at different cable lengths was inline with my expectations
4. 90' of cable and EVERYTHING included including winch cover
Now your right - I would have loved a WARN even if I never used it - I like quality stuff, but frankly, considering I would rarely use it, I went for a less expensive winch that I felt was up to the task.
I read about it quite a bit before the purchase. They claim to be an Australian Company but really, I'm betting it's Chinese. I asked about a dozen people who bought one over a year ago on eBay their thoughts and all seemed pleased. These were owners, not sellers.
The thing arrived as promised, is solid, has a smooth clutch, and just looks and feels like a quality unit. I played out the cable to lightly lubricate it, and reeling it back onto the drum, it pulled fast and hard. My friend has had one for a while now, and it's worked out well for him.
The ONLY thing I'm not keen on is the fact the control box does not look waterproof - some silicone and "fire and ice" solved that issue - if it ever was one. It is vented on the underside.
For the record - if your winch holes are accurate, installation is a snap - took me a half hour
1. install fairlead and feed cable/hook through it
2. drop the motor/transmission/drum assembly into the winch mount
3. secure to winch mount with 4 bolts
4. attach control box to cable drum bracket (snaps in)
5. run black cable to negative post on battery
6. run red cable to positive post on battery
So don't sweat it