While the Smittybilt may have come out on top in the way you saw fit to compare winches, not many long-term experienced winch users would do anything but laugh at any results that put a Smittybilt winch on top. Unless it's what is the cheapest to buy.Santa needs my list, so I've been kicking this around a bit (10k models.) If we take out the issue of failures (all winches will fail as can be attested to by the countless threads on this forum.) So then comes into play the efficiency followed by parts availability. Efficiency seems to favor the Gen2 X20:
Look how efficient the Smittybuilt is compared to the VR line as well as the Zeon models. The data suggests that the Gen2 X20 might not generate as much heat as the Warn models.
Here are the pull rates per wraps graph (labels are backwards on this one):
The Smittybuilt again comes out on top.
Do we really think Smittybuilt won't be around to supply winch parts in the future? If so, I could buy 3x Gen2 X20's for what a Zeon costs.