It's a 8000lb winch from harbor freight one of my buddies had laying around. It's a 2nd gen. unit - 1st gen having serious problems, and the 3rd gen being a lot lighter duty; this generation is the strongest of the 3.
At first glance you'll notice it resembles the MileMarker units almost identically - this is because MileMarker is actually contracted to build the Chicago Electric units. Same remote - similar solenoid box (I suspect the solenoids are likely to be something a bit cheaper than what milemarker uses), 120' of 3/8" steel aircraft cable, load holding brake, etc etc.
I've opened up the whole thing and taken it apart - it's well crafted, clean cut, beefy - and all parts are layed out identically to the milemarkers; the major big difference is the gearing layout and the motor. It's geared lower to compensate for the smaller motor (which supposedly is decent and should last a while - we shall see; if it does burn out I'm gonna try and throw in a milemarker motor as it should bolt right over) making it a little slower and making it have to work for longer cycles.
But all in all - for free; crap I'll take it
I've ordered a winch mounting plate and a roller fairlead - so it should be on hopefully within the week.