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Old 01-23-2017, 01:40 PM
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Default Smittybilt winches any good?

The price difference is obviously eye-catching. I would probably use this thing once or twice a year.
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I have heard nothing but good reviews for SB winches. Lifetime mechanical and 5 year electric warranties. The X2o are waterproof. I´m getting one (x2o 10,000 w syn rope) next month

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I have a xrc 10k with rope. Works great
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First yes on the rope for any winch and Smittybilt is a good quality winch but Warn would be my first choice.
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I have only heard positive things. Often times the problem is not the winch but finding a good anchor point.

A lot depends on your use. If you are an offroader, consider a high lift jack. They have a wide variety of uses and can even be used as a crude winch.
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SB is a good unit. what i do with all my winches, is excersize them regularly. stretch it out in the yard and winch it back and forth a couple times every 3-4 months
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Originally Posted by gnel View Post
I have heard nothing but good reviews for SB winches. Lifetime mechanical and 5 year electric warranties. The X2o are waterproof. I´m getting one (x2o 10,000 w syn rope) next month
So, any update?
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Originally Posted by camnbo View Post
So, any update?
No update=no winch yet. A new house and remodel got in the way.
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ditto Warn then SmittyBilt but definitely a synthetic line on whatever winch you choose. A winch will get you out of way more places than 4WD ever will.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
ditto Warn then SmittyBilt but definitely a synthetic line on whatever winch you choose. A winch will get you out of way more places than 4WD ever will.
hopefully my 4 wheel drive will do its job so i dont have to get out in the nasty mud and hook up the winch to get out. if it comes to that, then i will be ready.
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I think they are the same as the harbor freight winches.

I have had an old 8500 lb smitty winch that has lasted 7 years but is a pain to use. Really hard to freespool. It lives in a cradle and I put front receivers on my vehicles so I can move it around. I want to mount it on my jeep and get a better one for the cradle for my truck.

Why is the synthetic line preferred?
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Originally Posted by Wood boat builder View Post
I think they are the same as the harbor freight winches.

I have had an old 8500 lb smitty winch that has lasted 7 years but is a pain to use. Really hard to freespool. It lives in a cradle and I put front receivers on my vehicles so I can move it around. I want to mount it on my jeep and get a better one for the cradle for my truck.

Why is the synthetic line preferred?
It's stronger, it doesn't develop burrs which can cut through your glove and it doesn't store as much energy which is important if your cable/rope breaks.
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Originally Posted by Wood boat builder View Post
I think they are the same as the harbor freight winches.

I have had an old 8500 lb smitty winch that has lasted 7 years but is a pain to use. Really hard to freespool. It lives in a cradle and I put front receivers on my vehicles so I can move it around. I want to mount it on my jeep and get a better one for the cradle for my truck.

Why is the synthetic line preferred?
SB is definitely not the same as the harbor freight winches! the free spooling issue may be a lack of use and lubrication on the spool.

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