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Old 08-26-2013, 03:29 PM
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Dependable Winch for Emergency?

Hello All,

After reading all of the posts regarding winches, my head is spinning, and I'm no closer to making a decision.

Here's my situation. I have a 2014 Jeep JK manual transmission. I'm not an avid 4 wheeler, but I do find myself in the great outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, etc. For what it's worth, I pull a fishing boat (2,500 lbs) frequently.

I would like to get a winch on my Jeep that is dependable. I won't be using it a lot, but when I do, I want to be happy to have it, i.e., it works!

I've read a lot about Harbor Freight (Chicago Tool), but I think I'd like to stay away from their products.

Also, I think I'd like to go with the synthetic line.

As far as cost goes - I simply want the best made tool for the lowest price....not too much to ask...right?

So....for the fun of it, can I have some quick input on a winch for emergencies?

By the way, this will be my 5th Jeep, but my first winch.

Sorry if this is a tired conversation. I'm hoping that my "emergency" use, and not everyday demand makes it somewhat specific.

Thanks.

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Warn M8000 synthetic. Buy once and be done with it!

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Can't go wrong with warn they've been around forever and have a great reputation. I have one and its saved me and my buddies many times
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I have a Warn M8k on the front of mine. But I have this is a recovery bag. And it gets used as much as the winch. This one can be stored in a bag in the back with a strap and shackle or two.

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I'm in the same boat as you. Not a hard-core wheeler, but avid outdoorsman, with a noticable lack of a money tree in the back yard. After reading this:

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

I'm going with Engo.
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Warn M8000 synthetic. Buy once and be done with it!
X2 some of the other work well until you submerge them and after that many of them don't ever work again. My M-8000 had been submerged more times than I can count and I always know it going to work.
If you wheel alone your winch can save you a 20 mile walk or worse.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:46 PM   #8
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This looks a lot like the Engo, even the wireless remote is the same.
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we have the engo never any problems out of it but its only 9 months old
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I have the Engo E9000. I've had it now for just under 2 years and have had no issues with it at all, mostly used to pull brush and stumps. I purchased it based on the Four Wheeler magazine's article, "Massive Multi-Winch Shootout. Thoroughly happy with it.
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I have the warn m-8000 I love it. No issues yet but I have only used it twic for vehicle recovery. I found one brand new online for $470. Can't really beat that. I bought a harbor freight, and returned it the next day for a warn (didn't even open the HF)
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Warn the only way to go. When you need a winch, it's always an emergency.
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I'm thinking I would be good with the M8 and wire. Just wondering what the major advantages would be with synthetic.
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Don't mess around with something that is going to save your butt! Buy a Warn!
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Warn M8000 synthetic. Buy once and be done with it!
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I'm thinking I would be good with the M8 and wire. Just wondering what the major advantages would be with synthetic.
Safety and weight.
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Thanks everyone.

Although the Engo comments are pretty compelling, I think the confidence behind the Warn users wins the day. Ill be shopping for a M8000.

Thanks for the quality input.

Cheers.

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You would be surprised how heavy the steel cable is, plus the synthetic line wont bind, and will float!
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Warn Zeon. Best upgrade so far well suited for a JKUM
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