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simadownow6988 12-05-2012 03:38 PM

Quadratec Winch Problem (2nd One)
 
I bought a Quadratec winch for my Jeep a few months ago. It was one of their 9500# versions. After installation, I noticed that it wouldnt wind up without making a loud squeeling noise. I thought that maybe it was because it was new. A few weeks ago, I tried to use it and it acted like it was locked up. I had to wind it back up by rotating the drum with my hand in freespool.

After calling QT, they replaced my winch with another. Install again was a pain in the ass, but I finally got it. This winch only works sparaticly. I used it to put tension on a wire fence, and while pulling the fence line tight, it was cutting on and off (like 3 second bursts). The problem happened on and off all day. I checked the remote plug and it seems like its tight and making connection.

Before I call QT and ask for a replacement AGAIN, has anyone else had any problems with their QT winch? I dont want another if this keeps happening. Im tired of installing and removing winches.

LMT Rubi 12-05-2012 03:49 PM

I personally would not go for a third replacement. Get your money back and order a different winch.

kik 12-05-2012 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LMT Rubi (Post 3070666)
I personally would not go for a third replacement. Get your money back and order a different winch.

X2. No problem with my Warn.

SilverSport 12-05-2012 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by LMT Rubi (Post 3070666)
I personally would not go for a third replacement. Get your money back and order a different winch.

X2. The Chinese have not mastered the art of building good winches.

Gladi8r 12-05-2012 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3070771)
X2. The Chinese have not mastered the art of building good winches.

Hey! My wife is Chinese & she's a master wench...Just kiddin'...She's All American...

SilverSport 12-05-2012 04:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Gladi8r (Post 3070783)
Hey! My wife is Chinese & she's a master wench...Just kiddin'...She's All American...

LOL Seriously though, the Chinese supposedly invented paper, yet you ever notice the flimisiness of their cardboard compared to ours?

tlminh 12-05-2012 04:25 PM

I'm Vietnamese and my wife's Chinese, I blame her for all the inferior products in USA.

I say go with a different winch company. I had 3 Iphones before I switched to a different phone and I'm glad i did

mcgee10 12-05-2012 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by simadownow6988 (Post 3070628)
I bought a Quadratec winch for my Jeep a few months ago. It was one of their 9500# versions. After installation, I noticed that it wouldnt wind up without making a loud squeeling noise. I thought that maybe it was because it was new. A few weeks ago, I tried to use it and it acted like it was locked up. I had to wind it back up by rotating the drum with my hand in freespool.

After calling QT, they replaced my winch with another. Install again was a pain in the ass, but I finally got it. This winch only works sparaticly. I used it to put tension on a wire fence, and while pulling the fence line tight, it was cutting on and off (like 3 second bursts). The problem happened on and off all day. I checked the remote plug and it seems like its tight and making connection.

Before I call QT and ask for a replacement AGAIN, has anyone else had any problems with their QT winch? I dont want another if this keeps happening. Im tired of installing and removing winches.

Be dam happy you found this out now and not when your wheeling somewhere alone and get stuck only to find out your cheap Chinese winch won't work or get you out. Old adage you get what you pay for.
Are you going to have them send you another one maybe 1 out of 3 work for awhile. My m8000 on my pickup is 10 years old and it's been used hundreds of times it's like the energizer bunny just keeps going and going that why I bought another m8000 for my jeep. Good luck with that winch I think you'll need luck.:popcorn:

jadmt 12-05-2012 05:31 PM

I stated looking at winches and could not believe how cheap some of the 8000-9500 lbs were including quadratec guess I know why...they don't work full time lol.
I think when I get a winch it will be a Warn.

joe buell 12-05-2012 06:00 PM

I know I have a smittybilt it has been through the ringer and keeps ticking just the other day I pulled a dodge out that was so stuck I had to have 2 other jeeps hooked to me at the same time to get him out and the xrc8 did what it was made to do Im as happy as I can be with this winch would buy another if this one dies good luck Joe.

3JKs1H1 12-05-2012 07:53 PM

At least it's not a few years down the road, consider yourself fortunate in that regard. Ask for a refund or credit and put it towards a ... (you knoW)

Plasticpirogue 12-05-2012 08:22 PM

Don't forget that the "competitively priced" Warns are also manufactured in Asia; just stating fact...not trying to bust anyone's chops.

jadmt 12-05-2012 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Plasticpirogue (Post 3071706)
Don't forget that the "competitively priced" Warns are also manufactured in Asia; just stating fact...not trying to bust anyone's chops.

I agree I'm looking at the made in usa ones more money but don't hear complaints about them.

wassup8687 12-05-2012 09:01 PM

I have a Quadratec Q9500i and I've had no issues with it. I pulled out some trees this past weekend and it worked like a charm.

I used it again today to pull out my daughter who was stuck in mud and it worked like a charm.

I'd say you just got a bad winch. The good thing about the Quadratec winches is that they have a lifetime mechanical warranty so it'll be covered for life.

NFRs2000NYC 12-05-2012 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by jadmt (Post 3071747)
I agree I'm looking at the made in usa ones more money but don't hear complaints about them.

Made in the USA ones still use chinese parts, maybe even the motors. That said, I have a zeon 10s on the way.

Vette man 12-05-2012 10:09 PM

Cut your losses, try another brand. Maybe USA made would work better. Old saying you get what you pay for.

SilverSport 12-05-2012 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by wassup8687 (Post 3071892)
I have a Quadratec Q9500i and I've had no issues with it. I pulled out some trees this past weekend and it worked like a charm.

I used it again today to pull out my daughter who was stuck in mud and it worked like a charm.

I'd say you just got a bad winch. The good thing about the Quadratec winches is that they have a lifetime mechanical warranty so it'll be covered for life.

Key word here is "mechanical". Does the warranty cover electrical like the winch motor?

wassup8687 12-05-2012 11:07 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3072222)
Key word here is "mechanical". Does the warranty cover electrical like the winch motor?

Electrical is one year which is industry standard. Most othet companies are 2 years mechanical not lifetime so they really stand behind their product.

Mine is only about a month old so I'll have to see how it holds up.

Jerry Bransford 12-06-2012 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Plasticpirogue (Post 3071706)
Don't forget that the "competitively priced" Warns are also manufactured in Asia; just stating fact.

Absolutely not true, none of Warn's Jeep size (6K lb. capacity and larger) winches are manufactured in Asia. Not their previous Tabor series, and not their current VR series either. Their small ATV size winches are made in China but the 6K lb. and larger winches we use on our Jeeps are all manufacturered in Oregon. They do have a small percentage of imported parts but the majority of the 6K lb. and larger winches are manufactured, not just simply assembled, in Oregon.

Proxy404 12-06-2012 10:10 AM

I have a Q9000 on my Sahara and haven't had a problem with it. Pulled a +20 ft tree out of the road after Sandy, pulled myself and another guy out of some pits on a few occasions without a problem. Sorry to hear about the bad luck :/

wheels082 12-06-2012 10:56 AM

If people cared about where things were made before they bought them, they would not have these problems. Buy stuff made in USA! There is no guarantee, but you typically get what you pay for.

County98 12-06-2012 11:49 AM

I'm all for "buy in the USA", I'm retired military. But honestly you might be the only one so far I've read about having problems with the Q-tec winches. Seem a good value to me. I'm not sure I want to drop upwards of $1000 on a winch...

derf 12-06-2012 12:41 PM

I've had a Warn 9000 pound winch for over 10 years. It's been exposed to the elements most of that time. It went for a couple of years without being used at all. I swapped it over onto my new JK and it still works flawlessly. I haven't had to do a single thing to it.

Investing good money in a good winch will pay off in the long run.

simadownow6988 12-06-2012 12:44 PM

I called QT today and talked to Dave. He was very cool and helpful.
He told me that the problem could be in the remote. I have a buddy that has a winch like mine (that works fine) that will let me borrow his remote to see if that helps. Ill keep you guys informed.

onetraveller 12-06-2012 12:54 PM

Received my Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500 the other day. Still waiting on the Smittybilt 2804 mounting plate.

I'll do an install review once I get it all hooked up.

Mike

Daniel_M 12-06-2012 01:51 PM

I wouldnt want a 3rd Q tec winch either. Get a resonably priced Recon or Engo.

-Dan

Jerry Bransford 12-06-2012 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by County98 (Post 3073900)
I'm all for "buy in the USA", I'm retired military. But honestly you might be the only one so far I've read about having problems with the Q-tec winches. Seem a good value to me. I'm not sure I want to drop upwards of $1000 on a winch...

I dunno why some people persist in thinking all of Warn's winches are in the $1000 or higher neighborhood. Warn's M8000 is regularly under $600 and their new VR series start at under $500.

Jag 12-07-2012 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 3074958)
I dunno why some people persist in thinking all of Warn's winches are in the $1000 or higher neighborhood. Warn's M8000 is regularly under $600 and their new VR series start at under $500.

Under $600 for an M8000 would be great, where have you seen that? I've been looking for one for a little while and I'm only seeing $640+

Am I missing a rebate somewhere?

Jerry Bransford 12-07-2012 01:37 PM

They go on sale for that on a fairly regular basis. Go to Google, then go to Google's shopping section, then do a search for the Warn M8000 & do a sort based on pricing.

reade 12-07-2012 03:14 PM

Jerry, thanks for the heads up. I'll be watching for one of those myself.


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