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Old 03-25-2010, 06:16 PM
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Winch question???

Provided the buyer of my RH bumper comes through, I will be buying a winch for my truck. Looking at the new Smittybuilt 10,000lb. I know it isn't the greatest winch on earth but for the use it will be getting it wil be fine. What's y'alls experience with this winch?
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:31 PM
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Why be cheap on a GREAT TRUCK....

Warn, Warn and Warn winches rule... I have been to Texas, looks a lot like the Outback of Queensland. Only my custom right hand drive 2009 F-450 King Ranch cost me more like $150,000 by the time all costs of shipping, taxes and conversion were done... Air Brakes over, Air suspension over, and the rest....

That much truck, that much Outback, I have a WARN.....

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Texas is tough, off in the mud caught in the rain overnight is tough,
I have winched with a warn, so hot a 5 gal jerry can with a siphon hose a small valve dribbling water on the motor, and kept on winching and resetting and winched through a bog for about 45 minutes... Kept the motor cool and kept resetting it, and I doubt any other winch would have survived that. I spent $131 to have the Dealer at ARB tear it down and reassemble it later to send it back with a "all OK' checkout.

Why be cheap..... On something that could save your bacon winching you out rattlesnake bit on the arm in time to get to help....
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:14 PM
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I bought a Mile Marker 12k winch about 2 years ago and it has served me well. I have always had Warn, but I decided to try out Mile Marker (a lot of rock crawlers use it) because I could get it for $650. It's made by Warn. It has been great.
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if you go with a cheaper winch make sure to take the steps to make make it as weather tight as you can. use some electric grease in the winch control hole and keep the solenoids clean.

IMO you cant beat a hydraulic mile marker. i have a 10.5k on my jeep and it has come through when electrics have failed
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:05 AM
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This will be a tool for doing work around the lease, private prop and the rare occasion I get the beast stuck. I'm not going to be making multiple full line pulls through a muddy bog in this truck, the jeep or quad yeah maybe, but it's more of a tool for the truck.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:40 AM
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if thats all your going to be using it for. just about anything will work for you. stay with the around the 10k mark and find a good deal
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:52 PM
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Naaaaaagh,
Buy the Warn. Put the cheapie on when you go to sell the truck and KEEP the warn...

I had one that was used around a wrecking yard to pull apart cars and it kept on going after I bought it for a song... Buy the best and keep it. Then you KNOW it is not going to let you down. And the Warn 12k, 15k, and new 16.5 ti are all magic. On different trucks in our fleet I have had them all, used them all, and they NEVER let me down....

If you are going to skimp on the Warn, heck put on recaps too...

Cheers from Australia, where we really work the gear.!!!

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Don't let Obama pacify you into submission, nueter you into the nether,
Socialize you into National Bankrupcy....
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