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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-22-2014 09:22 AM
lets get an update

All of you who purchased the HB winch, how is it holding up? pics and updates please. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
06-10-2013 02:23 PM
Originally Posted by Olsen185 View Post
Follow the link in post #17 of this thread
If you follow that link, as some extra advice... I used a winch plate for a TJ. You don't need to cut the winch plate that way, you just drill the frame to match. The TJ winch plate edges will fit between the frame upside down
06-10-2013 01:59 PM
Olsen185 Just picked up the wireless remote for the winch at harbor freight $27. Works great!!
06-10-2013 01:36 PM
jk'n So far so good with mine. A little rust on the gear shift handle, the chrome is peeling off of it. I plan on hitting it with some silver paint. Functionally, it still works.
06-08-2013 04:32 PM
Olsen185 1 year later and still no problems
06-08-2013 03:54 PM
bcj366 Bump... Any updates on how these hold up? Hf has them on sale for 299 again
12-21-2012 01:24 PM
D - Rings

Originally Posted by kmccon View Post
I had the same issue with the supplied D rings. I ended up with a set of black rings from Amazon-com. You are right, their D rings are not worth what you pay for them. That is too bad because the rest is well done.
I got some KILLER D rings for fairly cheap at the local Tractor Supply store. Probably find a store online. Long Live Harbor Freight! Got 2 solar panels mounted on my hard top that run a camp. $200 complete using an existing additional deep cycle battery. Love that Harbor freight
12-06-2012 01:30 PM
capnbill I am getting ready to purchase a Badlands 12000 lb winch and was looking for info on a hitch mount when I came across this post.

I realize that the winch and mount will come in around 125 lbs but with 2 Wranglers and 1 SuperDuty I can't afford 3 winches.

With that said I had settled on a Curt Mfg Universal Hitch Mount #31009 and called to confirm mounting dimensions and rating. Mounting dims are spot-on but the mount is rated for 9000 lb winch.

Looking at the line pull chart in the Badlands manual and extrapolating the data a lilttle, it appears that as long as I straight pull from approximately 50'-100' I should be at 9000 lbs or less.

Chart shows:
9550 lbs at 36'
8000 lbs at 61'

Question #1: Based on most of your experiences, are line pulls of 50'+ most common or less than 50' more the norm?

Question #2: Can anyone recommend a hitch mount rated for a 12000 lb winch?
09-06-2012 06:27 PM
Olsen185 Follow the link in post #17 of this thread
09-06-2012 07:28 AM
Creepin__Jeeper ^ info on this install please!
09-05-2012 06:51 PM
Olsen185 I also bought the 12,000lb winch for $299 last week. I used the HF universal winch plate and mounted the winch behind the bumper.

09-05-2012 02:29 PM
Originally Posted by wideopenDDS View Post
Just bought my HF 12,000 for $299, and got the badlands universal mount for $35. With the extended warranty, i can upgrade if a new model comes out in 3 years, and if it breaks, or even gets crushed in a wreck, i get a new one. Cant beat it.
How'd you get it for $299? Looking at getting one when I get home from Iraq next week. Also, did you use the universal mount for a stock bumper or an aftermarket one?

08-26-2012 08:16 PM
wideopenDDS Just bought my HF 12,000 for $299, and got the badlands universal mount for $35. With the extended warranty, i can upgrade if a new model comes out in 3 years, and if it breaks, or even gets crushed in a wreck, i get a new one. Cant beat it.
08-12-2012 09:23 PM
Arsonman Just purchased and installed mine today. It went in really well. Price was $399. They offered a two year warranty for 80 bucks. When I declined that the sales clerk discounted the price of the winch to 319 and sold me the two year warranty, so the price came out to 399. Just so everyone knows, on the 24th of August this winch will be 299. I may go back because of their 30 day policy, if the price goes down you get the sale price.

I put this into my ARB bumper and it fills the hole nicely.
03-20-2012 09:40 AM
Tumbleweed Bump...any updates???
09-16-2011 02:27 PM
tf4101 JK'N: Saw the Bertera plate holder. I am from Greenfield, now up in the Green mtn state. Still head down that way everyother weekend. Have to find some trails down there to test her out.
09-16-2011 02:15 PM
Originally Posted by tcass View Post
Arggg.....Bring on the Wenches .

Arrrrrrr......didn't catch that....

One wench for each side of me bumper Arrrrrrrh.
09-16-2011 02:13 PM
jk'n So far, very happy with mine. At that price, you have done well. I paid about 125.00 more for mine. Still not bad. I may have waited if I had known they regularly put them on sale. Good catch.
09-16-2011 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by ArmyCop View Post
Very good Harbor Freight wench information on this threat. I'm saving link to it. Thanks.
Arggg.....Bring on the Wenches .

09-16-2011 01:51 PM
I recently purchased a 2007 Wrangler Unlimited. First Jeep and have wanted one for a while. Anyways, I have been looking for a winch and have read the threads for the HF winch. Not bad for the price, my buddy says that they are made from Warn. Not sure if I believe that, didn’t really discuss it further. But anyways I was emailed a coupon for the HF 12000 winch for 299. The coupon says in store only, But I put the following coupon code in 72259331 and it worked online. I still had to cover the $13 dollars for shipping, but I easily save on gas and tax. I just placed the order and so far so good, no emails from customer service about shipping this and how its supposed to be in store only. Also there was no prompt for the extended warranty, I will contact customer service to see if I can add the warranty.
09-13-2011 01:49 AM
Originally Posted by BruceUSA View Post
Harbor Freight sent out a coupon today, September 12, via email for their 12,000lb Badland winch (Item 28142). Price with coupon $299 IN STORE ONLY. Limit 4. Valid through 9/30/11

I don't own one . . . but I was looking for a review and saw your discussion. Thought you might like to know.


I kind of wish I could have waited and pounced like you did to get that price. I'm just now beginning to understand how Harbor Freight works. They are truly an impulse buying place.

Regarding my winch, I am happy with it so far. Could I have gotten a Warn? Yah, but at what price? I think when I looked, it was almost double what I paid for the Badlands for the same pull limit. I've done one rescue with it so far and was happy with the results. She pulled 15,000 lbs of fork truck out of a hole that the fork truck had bottomed out in. I used a snatch block and the fork truck moved right off of the spot where is was stuck. My neighbor was impressed with the rescue. He didn't think that my jeep would budge his fork truck.

How will it fare over time? Well, to protect my investment, I'm thinking of putting a cover on it. Even if I don't I'm sure it will be a long time before it has problems due to corrosion. I'm told the Warn stands up to weather better. By the time weather does this one in, perhaps I'll have enough for a Warn? Right now, I'll keep using mine at a price that, for me, was affordable.
09-12-2011 11:09 PM
aelwero had really good results with mine so far, but I put the winch inside my stock bumper, and I dismantled the control box and swapped the cables, the long cables to the winch and the short cables to the battery (why don't they come that way to begin with???), and mounted the control box under the hood right in front o my battery. I have to open the hood to plug in the remote, but it hasn't been an issue, and if it ever does, I can always rig up a wireless remote for it. I've heard a lot of bad things about HF winches, but after somewhere around 10 recoveries, I think a little common sense probably reduces a lot of the issues people have with em.
09-12-2011 10:33 PM
BruceUSA I think this will link to the coupon:

Coupon Display
09-12-2011 10:16 PM
Coupon for winch at $299

Harbor Freight sent out a coupon today, September 12, via email for their 12,000lb Badland winch (Item 28142). Price with coupon $299 IN STORE ONLY. Limit 4. Valid through 9/30/11

I don't own one . . . but I was looking for a review and saw your discussion. Thought you might like to know.

09-08-2011 10:53 PM
3JKs1H1 "the cheapest guy spends the most". - That was me.

I bought two MileMarker 12,000 rated electric winches. Front and back.
Both lasted a year before they started to corrode and the internals either broke, or just quick working. I boxed them up, mailed them to the Milemarker CEO in Florida, and told him his company produced a crappy product.

I installed a Warn 9.5xp on the front and a massive Warn 16,000 on the rear with systhethic lines, never had a problem since - work every time, don't smoke or corrode. 4 years and some salty roads later, they look like new.

That is the route I will go with on my next vehicle, probably my current rubicon.
09-08-2011 10:50 PM
Duffyc04 Great post and thanks for the pics jk'n!
09-08-2011 10:45 PM
wolf1956 I have been looking at that 12000lb winch at Harbor Freight for awhile now. Just haven't seen many reviews on it. However after reading about it in this thread, I think I will be making a trip to Harbor Freight soon.
09-07-2011 02:50 PM
ArmyCop Very good Harbor Freight wench information on this threat. I'm saving link to it. Thanks.
08-02-2011 04:32 PM
pking911 can you get more pics of the front of the jeep with the winch and stock bumper?

08-02-2011 12:44 PM
First recovery....forktruck offroading got stuck

Next door neighbor got a new fork truck and it was a lot bigger than he expected. Won't fit in the garage or under his deck like his previous ones. So, he decided to store it out in the back yard. Needless to say, it got stuck in the soft stuff. He was going to wait until his buddy got there with a truck to pull him out until I reminded him about my winch. He looked at the winch and said 1200 lbs huh? That won't get me out. I said....nooo...that says 12000 lbs! So, he said, lets give it a go. Below is a picture of the stuck fork truck in the dark and as it sits today after rescue.

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The fork truck can lift 8,000 lbs and weighs in just above 12,000 lbs. As you can see the cable was anchored to a tree, then threaded through a snatch block anchored to the fork truck, and then to the winch. The front of the jeep lowered a bit during the pull but the fork truck was easily pulled out of the hole that it had made for itself in the soft stuff. Not bad for its first recovery.....but not what I had expected to recover on its first time out of the box.
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