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.
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.
2012 Sport Auto 3.73
ACE rock sliders
Eaton Tru-trac Front and rear
17 inch ATX Ledge wheels
Cheap is never a good thing when it comes to your Jeep
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.
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)
Warn Zeon. Best upgrade so far well suited for a JKUM
Moab with 33" Goodyear SAs, Warn Zeon. AEV bumpers, skid plate, suspension, tire carrier, hood, pintler wheels, water tanks, procal and mud flaps/cargo mat. Grill guard and KC Apollo Pro lights. Done for now.