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Best Winch for the $$

Discussion in 'Recovery & Gear' started by DexterL, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Oct 22, 2019 at 6:42 PM
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    DexterL

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    Installing a C4 hybrid front bumper on my truck end of Nov/ early Dec and want to toss a winch on the front. Use will be very minimal- I seem to get stuck 1-2 times a year and usually end up pulling people out of boat ramps and ditches (especially during winter). Thinking a 10k would be more than sufficient with a synthetic line to keep the weight down. I know warn is king... but I dont feel like dropping $1,500-2,000 for something that will rarely be used. Looks like a relocatable control box is ideal for this bumper.. let me know what to get!
     
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  2. Oct 22, 2019 at 6:50 PM
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    I had a smittybilt xrc10 winch with a synthetic line on my old Fj and loved it. It worked for me one time when it was like 5 degrees out and never left me stranded. I'd take a look at that one for a great price point.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2019 at 7:07 PM
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    Zero One Actual

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    I’m in the same boat. I’m looking and researching winches and can’t justify the price of the winch per use.
     
  4. Oct 22, 2019 at 7:09 PM
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    Black Wolf

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  5. Oct 22, 2019 at 9:05 PM
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    Best for the money? Can't go wrong with the warn m8000.
     
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  6. Oct 22, 2019 at 9:10 PM
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    I ran a smittybilt on my fj and used it a total of 6 times, it worked every time but the clutch was a little finicky. In my experience the winch paid for itself after 1 use, the other times it was just nice to have.

    If I had to do it over again, and I’m sure I will here soon, I’m not sure I’d do the smittybilt again. Like I said it worked every time, it just wasn’t the most confidence inspiring.
     
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  7. Oct 22, 2019 at 9:39 PM
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    Right? Good overall winch. Snatch block and you have really good winch setup.
     
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  8. Oct 22, 2019 at 9:41 PM
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    I paid less than $800 for mine and it came with the synthetic rope. Brand new
     
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  9. Oct 23, 2019 at 7:52 AM
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    Kerch71

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    Warn or Smittybilt.
     
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  10. Nov 14, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    The harbor freight winches have great reviews. I have a Bandlands 12k winch on my car trailer and its been used countless times, left in the weather and still works as the day I bought it.
     
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  11. Nov 15, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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    Smittybilt is good. The one on my Tacoma currently is the second one. I spooled in the 1st one too much and it broke itself. :rofl:

    I did this line with my Tacoma right after this pic and my winch kept me upright. (you can see the winch line spooled out)

    I didn't use my winch to get up this one.. but it is a cool picture from the same trip..
     
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  12. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:02 PM
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    Engo 12k...$300
     
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  13. Feb 16, 2020 at 6:06 AM
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    Bandlands 12k...not sure about the new one tho. The old one was awesome for me. Used it on my FJ for several years. When I sold the truck I gave the winch to another FJ buddy and he is using it today.
     

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