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Old 02-15-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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quadratec winch any good??

At $294 for a 9000 lb winch its pritty hard not to consider it.

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Our winch is pretty good

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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It's way to new to really say. You really have to wait a few months for people to start getting it and testing it in all types of conditions before someone can say how it stacks up. But I bet it is just as good as all the other winches in the same price range.
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To me, all the Chinese winches are basically the same and I wouldn't touch any of them. In my personal opinion, the Chinese aren't known for worrying about quality once the initial production runs have passed their American buyer's scrutiny.
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+1, from a noob perspective the prices are enticing--I have not used or been involved with any of them.
But--I fall back to my personal opinion and some basic hard earned lessons.
Rule #25 if you are going to use it more than 3 times don't buy the cheapest tool you can find.
That is supplemented by rule #30 If you have to depend on it to get you out and you are 600 miles from home and more than 5 miles off a main road--don't buy the cheapest tool you can find.
I may have to amend rule 30--I'm about to medicare and that may have to be2.5 miles
I went with Warn M8000 for $539 delivered.

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To me, all the Chinese winches are basically the same and I wouldn't touch any of them. In my personal opinion, the Chinese aren't known for worrying about quality once the initial production runs have passed their American buyer's scrutiny.
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To me, all the Chinese winches are basically the same and I wouldn't touch any of them. In my personal opinion, the Chinese aren't known for worrying about quality once the initial production runs have passed their American buyer's scrutiny.
I'm waiting for the quadratech guy to say "they're not made in China ! "

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I'm waiting for the quadratech guy to say "they're not made in China ! "

In a different thread, it was already stated they were.

While I am a Warn fan, any $300 winch that works (no matter where its made or who makes it) is better than pushing or walking.
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In a different thread, it was already stated they were.

While I am a Warn fan, any $300 winch that works (no matter where its made or who makes it) is better than pushing or walking.
Yea but I would rather push or walk because of no winch rather than doing the same because my winch doesn't work
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In my opinion.....unless a company goes out of there way to prove they are completely USA made, you can bet that in one way or another they are at least partially made/manufactured/assembled/sourced from somewhere outside the states.

Henry Repeating Arms comes to mind.........
Assembled in Brooklyn with walnut from Missouri and steel from PA and OH. They even machine there own bolts!!!!

I don't think too many companies can say that anymore.
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It's way to new to really say. You really have to wait a few months for people to start getting it and testing it in all types of conditions before someone can say how it stacks up. But I bet it is just as good as all the other winches in the same price range.
That was well put, thank you.

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Of course! But seriously, they are pretty good. We have been buying, testing, and modify winches for us to put our name on and sell for almost a year now.

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I'm waiting for the quadratech guy to say "they're not made in China ! "

They are made in China, there is no reason to hide or deny that. We spent the time and money to source the highest quality components we could for the winch. We spent the extra money to get stronger internals as well. And to top it off, we offer a warranty that is really only offered by one or two other companies. It's a 1 year electrical warranty teamed with a Limited Lifetime mechanical warranty.

It is not a competition winch, and we won't market it as that. It is for the weekend warrior which is the vast majority of the Jeep community. Some people will love it, other will not. Gotta take the good and the bad together!

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In my opinion.....unless a company goes out of there way to prove they are completely USA made, you can bet that in one way or another they are at least partially made/manufactured/assembled/sourced from somewhere outside the states.

Henry Repeating Arms comes to mind.........
Assembled in Brooklyn with walnut from Missouri and steel from PA and OH. They even machine there own bolts!!!!

I don't think too many companies can say that anymore.
Yeah, but then there "will be those" who will argue that even though those products are 100% US made, they are assembled and manfactured with foriegn made tools and machines.

Another spin on this...we are also very lucky that our Jeep sport/hobby has so many options and products to choose from. Seeing new products keeps things exciting for us, but it also helps keeps the market competitive. What I mean is....I am happy to not be paying $3000 for a winch because a single company has it patented and has market control.
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The real difference is the long run on any winch. Mine has never had a cover on it and goes through the Hell-like temperatures of Eastern NC during the summer then the freezing cold and snow in the Western NC mountains in the winter year after year. Mine is an older Warn very similar to the M8000 and it still works flawlessly any time I need it. Honestly it seems fairly impossible to destroy.

So I guess if anyone who gets the Chinese cheapies holler at us in 10 years and let us know how it's doing.
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Personally I agree with Jerry b 100% I run a warn and will only run a warn. My jeep has as Many made in USA parts on it as I can. They saying "you get what you pay for" is very valid and true. My warn was bolted on in 2002 when the jeep was brand new, three owners, and 80,000 miles later it still works like it's Brand new, only thing it did need recently was a new winch cable. That's all.
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I would say for the common weekend or every other weekend offroader yeah it should be an awesome winch! But as said above. To soon to say. Just like with everything, the first gen will always have a few issues.
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That was well put, thank you.



Of course! But seriously, they are pretty good. We have been buying, testing, and modify winches for us to put our name on and sell for almost a year now.



They are made in China, there is no reason to hide or deny that. We spent the time and money to source the highest quality components we could for the winch. We spent the extra money to get stronger internals as well. And to top it off, we offer a warranty that is really only offered by one or two other companies. It's a 1 year electrical warranty teamed with a Limited Lifetime mechanical warranty.

It is not a competition winch, and we won't market it as that. It is for the weekend warrior which is the vast majority of the Jeep community. Some people will love it, other will not. Gotta take the good and the bad together!

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Answer me this, if you can. If I were to buy one and paint it black, would that void the warranty?
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If it's the best product for the price, i don't care where it's made as long as it is of good quality. I've owned Ford, chevy, Nissan, Buick etc. and now Jeep but Made in the USA doesn't mean better product. I'm looking at that same winch to order as soon as i decide which soft top to buy so i can order both together. PS Quadratec, can you offer advice over a frameless or framed soft top. Right now I have a hard top. What else do i need to purchase to put a soft top on?
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If it's the best product for the price, i don't care where it's made as long as it is of good quality. I've owned Ford, chevy, Nissan, Buick etc. and now Jeep but Made in the USA doesn't mean better product. I'm looking at that same winch to order as soon as i decide which soft top to buy so i can order both together. PS Quadratec, can you offer advice over a frameless or framed soft top. Right now I have a hard top. What else do i need to purchase to put a soft top on?
The preference would really be the choice of the owner since you'll be the one putting it up and down. Either type would not disappoint you, but the frameless top will take a little longer to go up for the first months until it gets fully settled in. The framed top its going to be a simple task going up or down. It'll probably take you longer to remove the windows than it will moving the top itself. The Bestop Trektop's are extremely popular, and the new NX design eliminated a lot of the problems the first units had.

Overall, my personal recommendation would be the Supertop NX. For the general ease and fitment quality.

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Answer me this, if you can. If I were to buy one and paint it black, would that void the warranty?
As long as you don't open the case up and tinker with the gears, you can paint it pink if you wanted.

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[B] you can paint it pink if you wanted. [B]

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but don't.
But it would be a pretty pink winch!!!!
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But it would be a pretty pink winch!!!!
Can I put a Hello Kitty sticker on it too?
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Hey Quardatec i bet you get could get another $100.00 for it if they were made
in the USA !!! and MORE people would buy them
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Hey Quardatec i bet you get could get another $100.00 for it if they were made
in the USA !!! and MORE people would buy them

Yeah but for it to be US made at $399 what would it have to be made out of to turn a profit?

It's funny how fast these threads turn into a chorus of people chanting USA!

But unfortunatley to buy American, you have to get paid like an American. Quick reality check- most of us don't.

Any time someone posts about a lower cost anything, the second post is usually "save your money, it's no good if it's not expensive"

Okay so I'm exagerating a bit, but if everyone listened to that then how many people would not get to enjoy the hobby if they thought that the products that were in their reach were no good?

That's a lot like saying "Don't bother to learn playing the guitar until you save up your money to buy US made Gibson" Any musicians in the crowd will agree that is a rediculous statement.

Here's another quick thought; if you are on the trail and you need your winch and it doesn't work, well you can't really blame any country of manufacture for not making sure your stuff works before you take it off the highway.

To keep this topical- I think you should buy it. Unless you're going to use it every day to hang your clothes on or build your family a shelter to survive the winter in or fashion a device to trap wild game to feed said family, in that case- save your money. Ha ha.
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Hey Quardatec i bet you get could get another $100.00 for it if they were made
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Sadly , it does not work like that
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If you're going to spend $300 for a winch made in China, wouldn't it make more sense to spend $500 and get an American Made, proven, reliable, supported and well established winch like the Warn M8000?

Not saying a $300 winch is necessarily awful or a Chinese winch is necessarily awful.. just saying that I look at a winch like I look at a gun. It only serves one real purpose. It has the potential to save your life (or at least your beloved Jeep). Why skimp on something like that? If you're going to need a winch at all, trust that the winch you have will work.. period. Why find out that the winch you have isn't going to work the way you want it to when you're buried in a way that you can't be extracted otherwise?
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Yeah but for it to be US made at $399 what would it have to be made out of to turn a profit?

It's funny how fast these threads turn into a chorus of people chanting USA!

But unfortunatley to buy American, you have to get paid like an American. Quick reality check- most of us don't.

Any time someone posts about a lower cost anything, the second post is usually "save your money, it's no good if it's not.
I agree with you . If it was made in America it would have to be made out if plastic or wood for that price hahah.

But I think your wrong about the
Lower cost thing. Usually with automobile accessories you do get what you pay for. And paying more usually results in a better product. Especially with winches Ehemm..... WARN.

That being said I will probably try it. When my friends 250 got stuck , they wanted 350 to get him out of the hole he buried him self in . So if it works once. It's paid itself off.
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Anyone else cringe every time they see a winch thread these days?
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Tough call.I think Id rather get the Warn.But I must say Ive had great luck with quadratec's customer service & believe they would back there product 100%.
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Answer me this to all those who shout "Made in America". Now I'm very patriotic. I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps and love my country. But I want you to take apart the Jeep and tell me how many of those parts are "made" in the U.S.A? I bet at least 20% of the parts come from over seas.. Also Jeep isnt even American Owned anymore, its own by Fiat. So this American Made stuff isnt what it use to be. Yes, it was put together here in the U.S. But its "Made" in the U.S.

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