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Old 02-20-2006, 04:11 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 02-20-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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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.
Gotta love free winches!!!! For the price, you can't go wrong!

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Old 02-20-2006, 06:43 PM   #3
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Hell yeah David, That's a decent winch in it's own right. Then throw in the fact that it's free and it becomes a helluva winch.

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Old 02-20-2006, 08:43 PM   #5
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Pretty nice, thought it was a Milemarker at first. Can't beat the price. And thanks for the tidbit of information in regards to the quality of the various generations. From what I have heard most people are pretty happy with their HF winches, the biggest complaint seems to be line speed, but hey, if it gets you out of a jam who cares how fast it is right.

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Sweet. If your buddy has any others laying around, give me a shout.
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Well - got er all buttoned up Install was a piece of cake; remove tow hooks and sway bar bushing mount bolts, bolt on winch to plate, bolt plate to frame, reinstall tow hooks and sway bar mounting bolts, run the black to the frame (or straight to the battery if you haven't relocated it) and hook up the red.... all done




The roller fairlead was on backorder - due to be back in stock in april Oh well; this will at least get me going. Just got to go out and find a slight incline to prestretch and lubricate the cable on.

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