I'm looking to get a winch on my 97 4.0L 6cyl. What is the best winch out there for the best price. I'm really not wanting to spend over $450. So whats the best winch for around that price range. Also what makes one winch better then the other? Thanks
Because Warn is the best...they have great build quality and if that's not enough, a great warranty as well. And their entry level winches are affordable and still reliable. Their winches are tried and true...even their entry level winches will run for 10+ years without any major issues. Try THAT with a cheap Chinese made hunk of junk...
Increase your budget to $539...then go to www.winchdepot.com and buy the Warn M8000. It also includes free shipping.
Edit: Looks like Warn has a $25 rebate out on that one as well.
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I know that warn and ramsey have a good history and a good reputation, but for those that wont be using it alot then sometimes you can get away with using a cheaply made one, but don't expect it last or expect it to be used alot in a single use without over heating and burning up...
I've had great luck with my T-Max 9000. I got it at a huge discount and have pulled more than a few Suburbans out of ditches. Came with a wireless controller for about $400, but that was half the normal price. You can't go wrong with Warn, but you'll pay for it.
I wouldn't use a winch that came from China if they paid me to.
Here are a few that are made in China... Smittybilt, T-Max, all but two Superwinch models (S9000 and X9 being the two exceptions), Harbor Freight, all of Milemarker's electric winch line, Chicago, Bulldog, Gorilla, and Rugged Ridge. Regardless of some magazine's test on any of them, I wouldn't put any of those on my Jeep.
American-manufactured winches I would trust include Warn, Tabor (yes, they are made in Oregon), Ramsey, and the Superwinch X9 or S9000.
A Chinese tool that fails in your garage is one thing... I have a few that I use there because if one fails, it's no big thing because I have a lot of tools and I have local tool stores I can drive to if something breaks.
Being seriously stuck on the trail or you require a winch to make it up an obstacle where you actually NEED a winch to make it out of there is quite another. I want the most reliable winch I can buy. I don't want to be thinking "I hope this thing works". I'm not talking using it as a toy where you are a few miles at most from help, I am often out in the desert 50 miles from nowhere and I'm not about to trust my ass to a cheap Chinese winch with some cool American name decal on the top of it. And I don't really care if your Chinese winch seems to work fine. Personally, a Chinese-built winch is not for me.
My own personal choice is Warn. I had one on my TJ for about ten years and it worked great up until the day my Jeep was stolen. What brand of winch did I go for several months ago for my replacement Jeep? Warn.
__________________ When you have a choice, buy American.
I was in the same boat about not wanting to spend so much on a winch. But every time I went out on trail runs probably 95% of the the winchs were Warn. Everyone I talked to said warn and you want your winch to work when you need it. I went with the M8000 which you usually can find for around 550 and know I don't worry or find out if the cheaper ones worth the money. I know everyone says you get what you pay for but there is a reason. Learn from the ones that have been there and done that.