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Old 06-02-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Winches

What is the difference between all of the different winches, Warn Zeons pull the same weight as Barricade ones but cost twice as much. Can anyone tell me what makes different winches cost so much more/ less and which ones you have or recommend.

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The answer is twofold: slightly different specs and each maker's reputation.

Here's some good reading on the topic: Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine

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Old 06-02-2014, 02:46 PM   #3
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Winches are like parachutes. You hope you never have to use it. But the damned thing better work when you do. lol
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:26 PM   #4
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Really??
I mean besides time invested & pressure applied (ie-quality), what's the difference between diamonds & coal?
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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Hopefully the difference is quality and reliability, and warranty, if you buy one from China directly and it dies 6 months into you having it you may have to send it back to China to be repaired which will cost you more than it's worth. Go with one that has a good review and you'll be better off. It doesn't need to be a $1000.00 winch but spend a little extra for the peace of mind.
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Fit and finish is noticeable between manufacturers. Also, the pull speed and ability to perform while submerged and without overheating.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:42 AM   #7
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Just found this winch with a built in pressure washer, from what I've read it works great and I don't think I'll need to winch that often but cleaning mud is pretty regular. Opinions? Has anyone had it?

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Old 06-03-2014, 05:14 PM   #8
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Love the Zeon look and the Warn quality. About to pull the trigger on a 10 S. Even though I know they are ripping me off at that price. Crazy right?
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Old 06-03-2014, 05:29 PM   #9
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Love the Zeon look and the Warn quality. About to pull the trigger on a 10 S. Even though I know they are ripping me off at that price. Crazy right?
Please elaborate on this claim & explain precisely how "they" (Warn) are "ripping you off"??

An inquiring mind would like to know..
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The cost difference between wire and synthetic is not the $250 they bang you for. Oh well. I want it and will likely suck it up anyway. Probably going cable route and selling roller fairlead and cable on Ebay. I can source the synthetic and hawse fairlead for $200.
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:47 PM   #11
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I think Warn winches cost in the realm of diminishing returns, i.e., you don't get triple the winch at triple the price.
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I think Warn winches cost in the realm of diminishing returns, i.e., you don't get triple the winch at triple the price.
What you do get is reliability. I'm not saying the other winches won't last as long or be as efficient. What I am saying is that warn has built a reputation of offering some of the most reliable winches on the market.

I see a winch as an investment that should last me years. If I needed a winch for one trip than I would buy a harbour freight winch. However, I'm looking for a winch I can rely on for years to come. Warn has proven their reliability, while others not so much. Now its up to you to decide if Warns reliability calls for double and, sometimes even, triple the price of other manufacturers.
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What you do get is reliability. I'm not saying the other winches won't last as long or be as efficient. What I am saying is that warn has built a reputation of offering some of the most reliable winches on the market.
I agree and disagree, with today's technology and duplicates and counterfeits of everything someone or anyone can and has taken that Warn winch apart and duplicated it for a fraction of the price.

But also agree that companies like Warn have a reputation for a reason.

But now a days your mostly paying for a name when you buy anything.
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I just find it weird that Warn values their wire cable (direct replacement) for $147 and roller fairlead at $48. And the synthetic and hawse fairlead only have a cost difference of $50... Why are they charging $250 more.

Oh, that's right. Because they can. HAHA

Probably gonna get one anyway. Not the first or last Jeep part raping....

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