Anyone use Harbor Freight Winch? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Jeep Discussions > General Jeep Discussion

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 09-07-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
ArmyCop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 226
Anyone use Harbor Freight Winch?

Coupon Display

Just wondering if this is any good or crap?

__________________
"The Fear of The Lord is the beginning of Wisdom."
Lose this and you lose everything.
ArmyCop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
sim333's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: League City Tx
Posts: 392
Images: 9
I been thinking about it. You cant beat the price.

sim333 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 12:32 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
TX2dr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 146
Bump! I'm curious too! Hard not to wonder about that for the price!!!!
TX2dr is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 12:33 PM   #4
Official WF thread de-railer
 
Mr. Sinister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fair Hill, Maryland
Posts: 3,706
At $299, if it gets you out of a jam once, it was worth it. 12,000 pound winch for $300? I'd be willing to be a guinea pig on that one, so long as you're not hung up on Chinese made stuff......
__________________
SO MUCH EXCITE!
Mr. Sinister is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
Official WF thread de-railer
 
Mr. Sinister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fair Hill, Maryland
Posts: 3,706
__________________
SO MUCH EXCITE!
Mr. Sinister is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 01:55 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Mcgee149's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 20
Ur only goin to use it here and there should work fine
Mcgee149 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 03:59 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
SirGeorgeKillian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,282
Images: 2
I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. There are plenty of things that will work fin for you from Harbor Freight, but that shouldn't be one of them.
Here is a winch shoot out, the one from Harbor Freight didn't even work out of the box. Why put something that you are gonna depend on that you know will let you down? You can get a much better winch for not much more.

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine
SirGeorgeKillian is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
Rock-Rubber

WF Supporting Member
 
GoldenSahara00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SCPA
Posts: 16,625
Check out the engo on this site, its 289, better brand than HF for winches, was tested and proved, and has plenty of power for our jeeps.
__________________
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig.
Bolt-ons are boring
AMERICAN JEEPER
My Build - http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/pr...a00-74622.html
Rausch Creek Trip: 2014 Trip Coming Soon
GoldenSahara00 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 05:09 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
WatchThis!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Texas
Posts: 3,970
Images: 3
I dont know about winch but every thing that I seen come out of that place is cheap useless junk.
__________________
I'm here to participate. I didnt come all this way just to watch.

My jeep's thread http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/che...st-111461.html
WatchThis! is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 06:00 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
Arizona Desert Rat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 View Post
Check out the engo on this site, its 289, better brand than HF for winches, was tested and proved, and has plenty of power for our jeeps.
What is the engo, looked but not sure what Im looking for
Arizona Desert Rat is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
jeepers29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Georgetown, Texas
Posts: 2,755
I buy things once in a while from Harbor Freight, with the perception that it will work for the one time I am buying it for and that is it. I only buy tools that I will probably only use once, so a cheap a$$ chinese tool will do. I would not buy anything from them that I would be using on a regular basis. Look at the engo winch that Chris at Jeepaddons is offering as a vendor on this forum. IMO
jeepers29 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 06:25 PM   #12
MARGARET, 10-14-51\6-1-12

WF Supporting Member
 
GREEN-MACHINE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF MASSACHUSETTS
Posts: 10,249
read the test on winches here Engo Winch Sale - 9K Winch for only $289 with Free Shipping the harbor freight failed right out of the box,,, on a side note i bought the engo 12k winch,, works awesome i love it,,, on another note i have a HB 3 miles from the house,i checked out the HB winches,, look cheeply built jmo.
__________________

life is too short to be taken seriously all the time,,,, go buy a MR.potato head and have some fun.
GREEN-MACHINE is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 06:26 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
aelwero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fort Bliss TX
Posts: 1,669
Images: 1
been usin one for about a year. recovered other vehicles 7 or 8 times and recovered myself once. the clutch lever feels really mickey mouse, but it hasn't bound or failed yet. The control box is mounted under the hood by my fuse block, so I sorta cheated a little in the durability department (it's what usually fails, and it's much more protected from the elements than most). It's hidden inside the bumper, so it gets completely inundated in mud pretty often, and hasn't had any issues due to it, so it's holding up fairly well for being cheap... It won't pass any speed winching competitions, but it always gets the job done, and if you go by mr sinisters' get you out of a jam once criteria, it's more than paid it's way
__________________
'71 DJ-5 (that isn't a typo)
'10 JKU Sport RHD

RHD... it's a jeep thing
aelwero is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 08:09 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by GREEN-MACHINE View Post
read the test on winches here Engo Winch Sale - 9K Winch for only $289 with Free Shipping the harbor freight failed right out of the box,,, on a side note i bought the engo 12k winch,, works awesome i love it,,, on another note i have a HB 3 miles from the house,i checked out the HB winches,, look cheeply built jmo.


Look cheeply??? The Badlands are identical to your Engo. I have the Badlands 9k winch it is absolutely identical to an Engo. Same motor, gearbox, frame, fairlead, and remote. I'm not at all saying one is better than the other. Engo, Mile Marker, Badlands etc. all come from the same factory overseas. Different prices reflect the different licensing rights of a brand name. KIA/Hyundai effect.

As for the Badlands not working out of the box... That doesn't mean every single one will be the same. Mine works just fine.
STUCK-N-MUCK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 08:58 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
Nottusyeroc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: wall
Posts: 327
Got a buddy who's got a 10,000 pound one and it works good all the time. his controller tho dose not always want to work.
Nottusyeroc is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 09:02 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Lawngnome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nowhere special in mid Michigan
Posts: 431
Images: 2
I would not waste money at harbor freight. You get what you pay for.
__________________
Dreaming of my next upgrade
Lawngnome is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-07-2011, 09:09 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
Nottusyeroc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: wall
Posts: 327
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lawngnome
I would not waste money at harbor freight. You get what you pay for.
I don't buy any thing that's a power tool from there personally but they do have a lifetime warranty on all hand tools. And most of them are pretty good. I have a store right around the corner from me so I can always go there and exchange stuff.
Nottusyeroc is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #18
Newb
 
MelloJeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: massachusetts
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by SirGeorgeKillian View Post
I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. There are plenty of things that will work fin for you from Harbor Freight, but that shouldn't be one of them.
Here is a winch shoot out, the one from Harbor Freight didn't even work out of the box. Why put something that you are gonna depend on that you know will let you down? You can get a much better winch for not much more.

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine
That doesnt prove anything the winch never functioned, any tests where they used it? People use these all the time with no issues and for 50 bucks you get a 2 year no questions asked return warranty for a new one. any tests where it runs anyone?
__________________
if it has or had wheels...i can drive it
MelloJeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 01:13 PM   #19
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
crafty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 1,670
Quadratec has a winch now. Electrical has a short warranty but the gears (alloy) and other guts have a lifetime warranty. Very descent price also.
__________________
Female rolling with the 93 YJ SOA Locked and Hard at Play
crafty is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 02:34 PM   #20
Supporting Vendor
 
JeepAddOns-Chris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 1,095
Quote:
Originally Posted by MelloJeep View Post
That doesnt prove anything the winch never functioned, any tests where they used it? People use these all the time with no issues and for 50 bucks you get a 2 year no questions asked return warranty for a new one. any tests where it runs anyone?
Or you can get a proven Engo winch for less than a HF one that comes standard with a lifetime warranty on the mechanical without having to pay an extra dime.

Yes, I've used a HF winch. It worked, but was the slowest thing I've witnessed in my life. And I assure you, the argument that "as long as it pulls you out, who cares" thing isn't always true. The slowness of it almost caused me to lose my Jeep in a really bad situation.
__________________
We are currently away from the forums and unavailable for quotes. Please contact our sales team at 800-388-8637.
JeepAddOns-Chris is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #21
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
denisbaldwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 3,298
One of my coworkers just returned one he bought. Shoddy craftsmanship, the selector on the winch itself isn't work, remote was sometimes unresponsive. He had it mounted less than a day before taking it back and getting a Warn M8000 in it's place.
__________________
Denis A. Baldwin
Clearwater, FL
1991 YJ 99 Vortec 5.7L, SM465, NP205, 14 Bolt Rear, Dana 60 Front, 5.13 Gears, Detroit Lockers, 395/85R20 46" Michelin XML tires on 20" XD Wheels, Cherokee Offset Springs (10" front to back stretch total), Bilstein 5150s, 1in. BL, custom cage, Warn M8000, Double D Dash/OHC, 4Low Front Stinger Bumper, DirtWorx Rear Bumper WTC, Tube Fenders, Comp Cut, 1 Ton HD Kingpin High Steering and PAID FOR.
denisbaldwin is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 02:41 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
beefmobile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 422
i have used one. I put one on my first wrangler (RIP). It was uncovered and stayed on the front of the jeep for a good 2 years. Rained on, got dunked under water and mud regularly, and used countless times.

That sucker was LOUD and it was SLOW...but it worked every time that i needed it to. When i blew the motor on the jeep, that winch still worked
__________________


1990 YJ- 6" Lift, 35" Baja Claws, 4.56, Cam, etc
1993 Wrangler- Dead
2006 Mustang- Cammed, Slammed, And fully bolted

United States Marine Corps
beefmobile is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 07:23 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Andalusia, AL
Posts: 544
I bought a 10,000 lb winch from harbor freight 2 years ago and its still in the box, been too lazy to mount it, hope it doesn't go bad just sitting idle.
dirt dawber is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-17-2012, 09:39 PM   #24
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 788
Sitting idle won't hurt it mind stayed on the box for 5 years or better lol. I can't complain a lick mine has tackled anything I've out in front of it and laughed. Never a moments trouble knock on wood.
Iceman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2012, 01:34 AM   #25
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: north of St.Franisville La.
Posts: 2,043
Send a message via Yahoo to Nubby55
I got the 12,000lbs , use it on the farm a good bit, it seems fine to me.
Nubby55 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2012, 01:36 AM   #26
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Posts: 39
Oddly enough...my friend in his CJ5 usually is the one pulling me out with his Harbor Freight! I've joked I should probably stick my Powerplant on his rig!
Rugbyduck is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #27
Jeeper
 
Baby Huey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Western Washington County Oregon
Posts: 1,092
"Chi Com Freight " Winches

I have a friend in Iowa, he does farm equipment repair and has a big HD trailer. He mounted a "Chi-Com Freight" winch on it to help load tractors and other equipment. He says his works fine, no trouble so far and he's had it for a couple years.
I think it's a hit and miss thing. Sometimes ya buy a good one, sometimes ya don't. Test it good before you take it out and maybe have to depend your life on it..
Thats the problem these days...."The Price sure looked good so I bought one".

Try to support American business as much as possible, I know it's hard, I'm just sayin....Can't buy Jeep Parts if your out of work or the parts company closed it's doors..... JMO "BH"
Baby Huey is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-19-2012, 08:01 PM   #28
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 717
If you use it once doesn't work

The idea that it may be cheap but if it gets you out once it is worth it doesn't play out. The reason is, that for that to be the case, it left you stranded the 2nd time.

The first, and foremost, requirement for a winch is that it works every time!
ballistx is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #29
Jeeper
 
yjJEEPyj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Davenport Iowa
Posts: 1,022
I had a HF 8,000lbs winch on my wrangler that i Abused pretty good for about a year. Then the line snapped so I took it in and I had the 2 year warranty on and they had discontinued my 8,000LBS so they upgraded me to the 9,000 for free. So far it's been good.
__________________
Check out my build thread here!
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/94-yj-build-120345.html
yjJEEPyj is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-21-2012, 02:07 PM   #30
Newb
 
MelloJeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: massachusetts
Posts: 14
i know people who had used the old versions of the winches but the new versions are completly different and the line speed is fast on the 12k model, i read a review from offroad mag that said it was competing with the big guys but priced at the bottom guys, i havent seen the 12k work yet but I havent seen anything negative from people using the new badland version. It is wound different then the old ones isnt noisy and has a great line speed. Just curious what the article proved if it never had a functioning unit, I google it and find many folks having theres for a while and loving them, does anyone here have any experience with the new versions? or is it all the old stuff? check this http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/1112...4&#ixzz1bFbjF8

__________________
if it has or had wheels...i can drive it
MelloJeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rugged Ridge WINCH SALE 8500 & 10500 Cable and Synthetic with Warranty Baseline 4x4 Outfitters Vendor Spotlight! Great Deals for Members. 27 03-13-2013 09:22 PM
Ramsey Patriot 15,000 winch on my TJ ??? DEERE G General Jeep Discussion 9 01-17-2011 06:13 PM
TX: Summit Unlimited Front Bumper & Warn XD9000i Winch - Jeep TJ txoutdoorx4 Classifieds Archive 0 09-29-2010 11:03 AM
Which Winch ? nicolas-eric General Jeep Discussion 5 07-31-2010 08:43 PM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC