Quadrateck winches were not out at the time of that shoot out, But in saying that, I went with engo because of that article. As much as I would have loved to sink a grand into a warn, fact is I really do not need it that much, so for the money, it was well worth it to me.
I bought a cover for it. I have used it a couple of times, and it always works well with no issues.
Good luck with your decision.