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02-24-2012 02:54 AM
alby13 watching this thread

good info, of course there will be more that fail out of the box but if it works a few times and saves you you can't go wrong.
02-24-2012 01:23 AM
gamaya3 You get what you pay for....sometimes the cheap ends up expensive cause the cheap product might not work like you wanted and you end up buying the well known brand
02-23-2012 08:58 AM
MelloJeep
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Originally Posted by JeepAddOns-Chris View Post
The google reviews are going to be based on the old winches pretty much. I see no reason to buy a winch with a 90 day warranty when you can get one with a lifetime warranty for close to same price or even cheaper. Without getting into a USA vs import debate... Engo, Smittybilt and other budget winches all come with a standard one year electrical/lifetime mechanical warranty (same as Warn). If you want longer than 90 days on a HF winch, you have to pay extra.

Say you want to chance it and not buy the extended warranty. Even if the newer HF winches are faster than the old ones, they still aren't as fast as Smitty, MileMarker, Engo, etc which are all in the $300 or less catagory.
check the link its the new style bad land winch not the old different wound one, im not looking to buy one at the moment but I am just asking if anyone has used one and has an opinion if you say china junk, dont watch tv unless its an antique zenith or its foreign junk. I am a union member and just asking if anyone has anopinion other than my usual america or bust one. is that so hard?
02-22-2012 08:36 AM
JeepAddOns-Chris The google reviews are going to be based on the old winches pretty much. I see no reason to buy a winch with a 90 day warranty when you can get one with a lifetime warranty for close to same price or even cheaper. Without getting into a USA vs import debate... Engo, Smittybilt and other budget winches all come with a standard one year electrical/lifetime mechanical warranty (same as Warn). If you want longer than 90 days on a HF winch, you have to pay extra.

Say you want to chance it and not buy the extended warranty. Even if the newer HF winches are faster than the old ones, they still aren't as fast as Smitty, MileMarker, Engo, etc which are all in the $300 or less catagory.
02-21-2012 02:09 PM
jeepjones Made In China....... get a Warn and be done with it. You get what you pay for.
02-21-2012 02:07 PM
MelloJeep i know people who had used the old versions of the winches but the new versions are completly different and the line speed is fast on the 12k model, i read a review from offroad mag that said it was competing with the big guys but priced at the bottom guys, i havent seen the 12k work yet but I havent seen anything negative from people using the new badland version. It is wound different then the old ones isnt noisy and has a great line speed. Just curious what the article proved if it never had a functioning unit, I google it and find many folks having theres for a while and loving them, does anyone here have any experience with the new versions? or is it all the old stuff? check this http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/1112...4&#ixzz1bFbjF8
02-20-2012 08:22 PM
yjJEEPyj I had a HF 8,000lbs winch on my wrangler that i Abused pretty good for about a year. Then the line snapped so I took it in and I had the 2 year warranty on and they had discontinued my 8,000LBS so they upgraded me to the 9,000 for free. So far it's been good.
02-19-2012 08:01 PM
ballistx
If you use it once doesn't work

The idea that it may be cheap but if it gets you out once it is worth it doesn't play out. The reason is, that for that to be the case, it left you stranded the 2nd time.

The first, and foremost, requirement for a winch is that it works every time!
02-18-2012 06:51 PM
Baby Huey
"Chi Com Freight " Winches

I have a friend in Iowa, he does farm equipment repair and has a big HD trailer. He mounted a "Chi-Com Freight" winch on it to help load tractors and other equipment. He says his works fine, no trouble so far and he's had it for a couple years.
I think it's a hit and miss thing. Sometimes ya buy a good one, sometimes ya don't. Test it good before you take it out and maybe have to depend your life on it..
Thats the problem these days...."The Price sure looked good so I bought one".

Try to support American business as much as possible, I know it's hard, I'm just sayin....Can't buy Jeep Parts if your out of work or the parts company closed it's doors..... JMO "BH"
02-18-2012 01:36 AM
Rugbyduck Oddly enough...my friend in his CJ5 usually is the one pulling me out with his Harbor Freight! I've joked I should probably stick my Powerplant on his rig!
02-18-2012 01:34 AM
Nubby55 I got the 12,000lbs , use it on the farm a good bit, it seems fine to me.
02-17-2012 09:39 PM
Iceman Sitting idle won't hurt it mind stayed on the box for 5 years or better lol. I can't complain a lick mine has tackled anything I've out in front of it and laughed. Never a moments trouble knock on wood.
02-17-2012 07:23 PM
dirt dawber I bought a 10,000 lb winch from harbor freight 2 years ago and its still in the box, been too lazy to mount it, hope it doesn't go bad just sitting idle.
02-17-2012 02:41 PM
beefmobile i have used one. I put one on my first wrangler (RIP). It was uncovered and stayed on the front of the jeep for a good 2 years. Rained on, got dunked under water and mud regularly, and used countless times.

That sucker was LOUD and it was SLOW...but it worked every time that i needed it to. When i blew the motor on the jeep, that winch still worked
02-17-2012 02:37 PM
denisbaldwin One of my coworkers just returned one he bought. Shoddy craftsmanship, the selector on the winch itself isn't work, remote was sometimes unresponsive. He had it mounted less than a day before taking it back and getting a Warn M8000 in it's place.
02-17-2012 02:34 PM
JeepAddOns-Chris
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Originally Posted by MelloJeep View Post
That doesnt prove anything the winch never functioned, any tests where they used it? People use these all the time with no issues and for 50 bucks you get a 2 year no questions asked return warranty for a new one. any tests where it runs anyone?
Or you can get a proven Engo winch for less than a HF one that comes standard with a lifetime warranty on the mechanical without having to pay an extra dime.

Yes, I've used a HF winch. It worked, but was the slowest thing I've witnessed in my life. And I assure you, the argument that "as long as it pulls you out, who cares" thing isn't always true. The slowness of it almost caused me to lose my Jeep in a really bad situation.
02-17-2012 01:13 PM
crafty Quadratec has a winch now. Electrical has a short warranty but the gears (alloy) and other guts have a lifetime warranty. Very descent price also.
02-17-2012 12:14 PM
MelloJeep
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Originally Posted by SirGeorgeKillian View Post
I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. There are plenty of things that will work fin for you from Harbor Freight, but that shouldn't be one of them.
Here is a winch shoot out, the one from Harbor Freight didn't even work out of the box. Why put something that you are gonna depend on that you know will let you down? You can get a much better winch for not much more.

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine
That doesnt prove anything the winch never functioned, any tests where they used it? People use these all the time with no issues and for 50 bucks you get a 2 year no questions asked return warranty for a new one. any tests where it runs anyone?
09-07-2011 09:09 PM
Nottusyeroc
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Originally Posted by Lawngnome
I would not waste money at harbor freight. You get what you pay for.
I don't buy any thing that's a power tool from there personally but they do have a lifetime warranty on all hand tools. And most of them are pretty good. I have a store right around the corner from me so I can always go there and exchange stuff.
09-07-2011 09:02 PM
Lawngnome I would not waste money at harbor freight. You get what you pay for.
09-07-2011 08:58 PM
Nottusyeroc Got a buddy who's got a 10,000 pound one and it works good all the time. his controller tho dose not always want to work.
09-07-2011 08:09 PM
STUCK-N-MUCK
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Originally Posted by GREEN-MACHINE View Post
read the test on winches here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f123/en...-102100-7.html the harbor freight failed right out of the box,,, on a side note i bought the engo 12k winch,, works awesome i love it,,, on another note i have a HB 3 miles from the house,i checked out the HB winches,, look cheeply built jmo.


Look cheeply??? The Badlands are identical to your Engo. I have the Badlands 9k winch it is absolutely identical to an Engo. Same motor, gearbox, frame, fairlead, and remote. I'm not at all saying one is better than the other. Engo, Mile Marker, Badlands etc. all come from the same factory overseas. Different prices reflect the different licensing rights of a brand name. KIA/Hyundai effect.

As for the Badlands not working out of the box... That doesn't mean every single one will be the same. Mine works just fine.
09-07-2011 06:26 PM
aelwero been usin one for about a year. recovered other vehicles 7 or 8 times and recovered myself once. the clutch lever feels really mickey mouse, but it hasn't bound or failed yet. The control box is mounted under the hood by my fuse block, so I sorta cheated a little in the durability department (it's what usually fails, and it's much more protected from the elements than most). It's hidden inside the bumper, so it gets completely inundated in mud pretty often, and hasn't had any issues due to it, so it's holding up fairly well for being cheap... It won't pass any speed winching competitions, but it always gets the job done, and if you go by mr sinisters' get you out of a jam once criteria, it's more than paid it's way
09-07-2011 06:25 PM
GREEN-MACHINE read the test on winches here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f123/en...-102100-7.html the harbor freight failed right out of the box,,, on a side note i bought the engo 12k winch,, works awesome i love it,,, on another note i have a HB 3 miles from the house,i checked out the HB winches,, look cheeply built jmo.
09-07-2011 06:06 PM
jeepers29 I buy things once in a while from Harbor Freight, with the perception that it will work for the one time I am buying it for and that is it. I only buy tools that I will probably only use once, so a cheap a$$ chinese tool will do. I would not buy anything from them that I would be using on a regular basis. Look at the engo winch that Chris at Jeepaddons is offering as a vendor on this forum. IMO
09-07-2011 06:00 PM
Arizona Desert Rat
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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 View Post
Check out the engo on this site, its 289, better brand than HF for winches, was tested and proved, and has plenty of power for our jeeps.
What is the engo, looked but not sure what Im looking for
09-07-2011 05:09 PM
WatchThis! I dont know about winch but every thing that I seen come out of that place is cheap useless junk.
09-07-2011 04:07 PM
GoldenSahara00 Check out the engo on this site, its 289, better brand than HF for winches, was tested and proved, and has plenty of power for our jeeps.
09-07-2011 03:59 PM
SirGeorgeKillian I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. There are plenty of things that will work fin for you from Harbor Freight, but that shouldn't be one of them.
Here is a winch shoot out, the one from Harbor Freight didn't even work out of the box. Why put something that you are gonna depend on that you know will let you down? You can get a much better winch for not much more.

Massive Multi-Winch Shootout - Four Wheeler Magazine
09-07-2011 01:55 PM
Mcgee149 Ur only goin to use it here and there should work fine
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