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  • harbor freight winches?

    has anybody used the winches that harbor freight has? there very cheep compared. im looking for a winch just to get me out of sticky situations. i knew a guy that had one, but he didnt use it much. any info out there?

  • #2
    No

    I wouldn't recommend them. Everything that I have gotten from there has broke the first time that I use it. A winch is something that, in my opinion, you don't want to skimp on. You won't use it a lot, but you want it to work when you need it. On my last outing I was stuck so bad that 2 jeeps couldn't move me. A local luckily wandered in on me and had a "Sam's Club" champion winch. They are not the best out there by far, but pulled me out when I needed it. They are a receiver mount and comes with a mounting kit and all. Here is a link to their website i believe that Cosco is about the same.

    http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...=5&item=363733

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    • #3
      http://forums.4wd.com/kyoung_4wdforu...+Frieght+Winch

      This is talked about alot on this thread check it out. Also Moabjeeper.com has a write up on it here http://www.moabjeeper.com/articles/g...?articleID=247 also some side by side comparisons here http://www.moabjeeper.com/articles/g...3&submit=Go%21.

      Hope this helps
      Last edited by boonda77; 03-13-2008, 11:48 AM.

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      • #4
        Yep I have one, it works, the clutch is screwed up right now...but i'm not real concerned about it, I'll fix it in a couple weeks......there's more in the threads boonda posted

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        • #5
          Here's another one

          http://forums.4wd.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31009
          Here's another thread, same thing

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          • #6
            Friend's dad almost died from HF jack stands, and that was after I said all I could trust them for was jack stands after 5 for 6 of my tools from them broke.

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            • #7
              id stay away from pretty much anything from there that will take any kind of abuse, you get what ya pay for, sh!t from there is cheap, thats because its made cheap, (and i do mean sh!t), for the hassle and expense you could have with a winch from there, i would spend another $200 bucks and you can get a nice mile marker or smittytbilt winch for around $400

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              • #8
                if your looking for a cheap, yet durable winch, go to sam's and get the champion winch. a friend had one on his duramax and it pulled out two full size toyotas, a ranger, and two other jeeps. it was a little slow but you really shouldn't be in a hurry anyway. and its under 400

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                • #9
                  Winches

                  The Mile Marker and the Harbor Freight are t he same winches. Do some research.

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                  • #10
                    if you get a champion winch tear it apart, and seal up the motor. I didnt. i was in the snow, snow melted on hot motor, got into hot motor, battery died. sat overnight, tried to start it in the morning, blew up the motor with the weight of the truck on the line.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by madmikey70 View Post
                      The Mile Marker and the Harbor Freight are t he same winches. Do some research.
                      The smittybuilt is essentially the same winch, too, but with an upgrade to the freewheel selector lever.

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