Dave's Jeep JT Gladiator: The 'Gator

Dave

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#82
Dave, if I was you I woud get a Mile Marker hydrauic winch for your new truck. It will never let you down like an electric winch.
Actually, no. When DoD (and I4WDTA) did winch testing to destruction, Mile Marker was not the winner.

It was Warn. Electric.

And for the record, I've personally never had a winch let me down. I've owned several Warns and Superwinches now and they've all worked every time I needed them.

I’ve never owned a Smittybilt or Harbor Freight winch so I can’t speak to their reliability.
 

Dave

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#85
Tow trucks use hydraulic winches for a reason.
Logging equipment uses hydraulic winches as well. That said, there are trade offs that many are not comfortable with. Number one is weight, number two is tying that winch in to your power steering pump and the inherent risk of complexity added there. It's all fun and games until you lose a hose and now you're back to armstrong steering, and no winch.

Glad you like yours, but I'll keep my electric winch ;)
 

Dean

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#88
I’ve never owned a Smittybilt or Harbor Freight winch so I can’t speak to their reliability.
Used to sell Smittybilt winches. Roughly a 40% defect rate. 0/10 wouldn't recommend even to my worse enemy. In contrast, the entire time I worked there never once had a Warn brought back. I've seen S/B winches not work and/or break right out of the box. Friends don't let friends buy chinesium.
 
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