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Old 12-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Best of the low cost winches

Looking for a low cost winch to ask the wife for as a christmas gift. Been looking at Smitty, Rugged Ridge, MileMarker, Rough Country. Anyone know who makes RC? Looking for 8000 to 9500 range. I expect it will get light use. What should I look for as far as HP vs gear ratio? Any thoughts ( besides buy a Warn) ?

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Old 12-08-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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Engo. Nothing else need be said. Look up the reviews and winch comparison one of the magazines did. 400 for 9000 with synthetic line. But I am sure the warn boys will be along shortly.

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Old 12-08-2013, 04:03 PM   #4
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I left the Quadratec catalog opened to the winch page on the coffee table with the Quadratec 9000 circled. When I got home today the book was gone.....Hmmmm
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I left the Quadratec catalog opened to the winch page on the coffee table with the Quadratec 9000 circled. When I got home today the book was gone.....Hmmmm
Ya, your wife used it to start the wood stove!!!!!
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Looking for a low cost winch to ask the wife for as a christmas gift. Been looking at Smitty, Rugged Ridge, MileMarker, Rough Country. Anyone know who makes RC?
I'll bet all those, and many others, are all exactly same stuff....made in china components with a different sticker on it. go with a harbor freight with a 20% coupon when it's on sale, or whoever has the cheapest option shipped to your door. just hope you don't have to depend on it one day....
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Ya, your wife used it to start the wood stove!!!!!
Its 94 degrees here. But, I haven't looked in the trash yet, or the out house.....lol. Probably nailed to the wall out there as we haven't received the new Sears catalog yet.
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I'll bet all those, and many others, are all exactly same stuff....made in china components with a different sticker on it. go with a harbor freight with a 20% coupon when it's on sale, or whoever has the cheapest option shipped to your door. just hope you don't have to depend on it one day....
You're probably right, just don't want to invest alot in something I don't figure to use very often. More of a want than a need. Anyone thats used any of these, feel free to chime in. If its crap, tell me its crap. Thats why I posted!
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If it's a gift - why go cheap? Lay down a guilt trip and get what you really want ( a Warn).
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:57 PM   #10
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I used to think my "Shittybilt" XR8 will do just fine until it quit this morning trying to winch out a Tacoma stuck in ice. Ended up still pulling the truck out with the "$300 tow strap"..grrrrr...
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Look at the Warn VR series. Normally $480 for their 8000 pound version but there's an $80 rebate through the end of the year and free shipping at quadratec.
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Engo. Nothing else need be said. Look up the reviews and winch comparison one of the magazines did. 400 for 9000 with synthetic line. But I am sure the warn boys will be along shortly.
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I would do some googling and look at the comparison between Engo Winches and others. The Engo is great winch that is compared to Warn in the tests and it will save you a few dollars.

I love Warn just as much as the next guy and I don't think anyone can say they make a bad product. But if Engo is as good as all the reviews and stories say they are, I think Warn is going to have some competition on its hands.

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Been looking at Smitty, Rugged Ridge, MileMarker, Rough Country. I expect it will get light use. Any thoughts ( besides buy a Warn) ?
I'll just say you get what you pay for when it comes to winches. I've already been through a couple cheap imported winch failures.
My intentions were the same as yours, light use. So, WTH, go cheap. I did not save any money in the long run, I wasted it.

Seems like most the failures and complaints are quality control issues during the manufacturing process.

If I were to buy another low cost winch that contained imported parts, I would at least go with one that was assembled here in the USA under higher standards.
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You're probably right, just don't want to invest alot in something I don't figure to use very often. More of a want than a need. Anyone thats used any of these, feel free to chime in. If its crap, tell me its crap. Thats why I posted!
I said the samething. I'll hardly have to use it. If you ride with a group you will use it almost every trip. I purchased the engo 10000 and love it. I couldn't afford the synthetic at the time and thought I wouldn't need it. I was wrong there also. Just ordered 85 foot of it. If I could go back I'd get the es10000s with synthetic line and be done.
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Engo. Nothing else need be said. Look up the reviews and winch comparison one of the magazines did. 400 for 9000 with synthetic line. But I am sure the warn boys will be along shortly.
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Only winch I would consider above it is Warn
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Here is what I would recommend. I have one, rarely use it, but feel confident it will work when I do. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Warn M8000 Premium Winch Series New | eBay

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