There's going to be a lot of people with different opinions about winches.
Here's my experience with the xrc8.
The three times I actually used it, it worked fine. Had good line speed, etc.
The powder coating flaked off and the roller fairlead rusted out in the 1 1/2 years it was on the front of my Jeep. Smitty sent me some pieces to replace the bad powdercoated pcs, but didn't include the pressed in bearings. So now it's apart and useless. Instead if spending another 300 on another one, I just ordered a Recon 10.5 with synthetic line. We'll see how this one holds up