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WTAggie 05-24-2010 06:31 PM

Good Winch
Smittybilt XRC-8 Winch

I have found this winch, it was advertised for 299.99 online and additional for shipping. Is this winch good or should i keep looking? Advice on a good winch under $500 would be appreciated.


TjTheo 05-24-2010 06:33 PM

I second that ^

cru9 05-24-2010 06:39 PM

Where did you see it for that price?

Cons_Table 05-24-2010 06:40 PM

I think that a majority of the people here will answer this question with the Warn m8000 winch as being the best bang for the buck. For just a little more than will have a quality which backed with an awesome warranty.

TjTheo 05-24-2010 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by cru9 (Post 633186)
Where did you see it for that price?

97281 - Smittybilt XRC-8 Winch - Quadratec

G54 05-24-2010 06:41 PM

Generally I think you will find that most people are not big fans of Smittybilt products. As far as winches go, again, generally most people would likely recommend Warn. You can get a Warn 8000 for under $600 - still quite a bit more than the SB. That being said, JP magazine did a cheap winch shootout a while back and the Smitty got pretty good reviews. Read here: Affordable Winch Buyers Guide - Smittybilt Tabor - Jp Magazine

I'm considering the same winch when the time comes.

WTAggie 05-24-2010 06:42 PM

that's the one i found on quadratec

birdhunter 05-24-2010 06:44 PM

How offen are you going to use it?
They are oK if you need it a few times a year or(just looks)
or on logging roads to pull trees or snow pulls
I think the warns are about 550 + but worth it
if you do rocks ,long pulls....

WTAggie 05-24-2010 06:47 PM

Im not going to be using it every weekend. When i go to my deer lease, coast (to pull people out), mudding, nothing way too serious.

Six Gun Matt 05-24-2010 07:40 PM

I like Jerry's synopsis on this exact same subject:

TDCoffee 05-25-2010 09:21 AM

I notice that you guys are all in favor of the 8000# models. Do you recommend the 10k for an unlimited, or will the 8k work just as well?

mrcarcrazy 05-25-2010 10:15 AM

90 Attachment(s)
at least double the weight of the vehicle.

8k will do it, but so will 10...and 10 won't work as hard to do the same job...

florida boy 05-25-2010 10:48 AM

go big it will get you home

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