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Old 11-14-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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I am looking for opinions and experience with the badlands 9000lb winch. i am curious who its made by and if it is reliable and worth 279 dollars from harbor freight with a 2 year warranty
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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4wheeler or Petersen's did a winch comparison this summer. The Badlands winch didn't even work out of the box. Dunno who makes it, don't thnk it is a rebadged mile marker or anything like that.
I am a cheap guy but I would not trust this thing and I buy a lot of junk at HF..

Edit: you got me curious so came thru:
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4wheeler article:
http://www.fourwheeler.com/techartic...out/index.html
http://www.fourwheeler.com/techartic...peed_test.html
Seems like harborfreight needs to research these things called gaskets
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Crap whats a good 8000lb winch for around 250 dollars
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:54 PM   #4
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I know of a few guys who have used the whinches from Harbor Freight and loved them or hated them. There biggest flaw use to be the grade of bolts. The ones who loved them swapped in better bolts and have used them alot. Im looking at them too. There biggest problem when tested was being submerged also. Not alot of spots here in Colorado to fully submerge a rig except if you get stupid. Mostly rocks and mountain roads here
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So if I could get one for like 200 would it be worth it
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Heres 2 different write ups from the major mags. I will get one eventually when I get my rig back on the road.

http://www.fourwheeler.com/techartic...out/index.html

http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/departm...ors/index.html
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Plus I cant justify spending $1200 on a warn to my wife. I like sleeping indoors
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^^ LMFAO ya i had a m8000 i picked up for 25 dollars 2 years ago and sold for 400 a year ago not knowing i would have my Yota so soon I kick my self in the ass every day >:X
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I think i will pick up a badlands if it works once that works for me its comparable to warns 8000lb winch then it should be good and it has a 2 year warranty.
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I had an old Chicago Electric winch from Harbor Freight of the 10K pound variety and it worked great for me. used it for two years and sold it for what I had in it.... I just bought a Badlands 12K Winch a few months ago and I am pretty confident with it, even though I haven't had a chance yet to even pull it outta the box. You can't beat the price, plus from the research I've done, they have better internals than the old Chicago Electric Winches had. I just bought a Badlands 3K winch for my trailer, so I guess I'll have to put them both to the test once I get them wired up and goin.

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Well definetley keep me posted
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Will do, I'm finishing up gettin my Runner back on the road, then after that I will be wiring up my one ton for the 12K winch and the trailer for the 3K winch before snow hits this winter (so I can make some money!!) But I'll def. let ya know.

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I got an 8000 from H.F a few years ago and am very happy with the performance and the price!
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Chicago Electric® and ROAD SHOCK® winches from Harbor Freight = YES

BADLAND WINCHES™ from Harbor Freight = NO

Check the quote below from another thread on Harbor Freight winches.
http://www.yotatech.com/f31/harbor-f...winches-51126/

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FYI the badland winches suck atleast the 12k one first one the line snapped and almost hit me. I was winching my 4runner up a wet grass hill should have been easy for it. so I took that one back in exchange for a new one the first one was only a day old. Next day used the new one to try to winch out a newer f150 2wd stock motor blew out on me. So now I'm going to take this one back and buy a name brand winch. Just thought I'd share this info.
Any questions?

Side-note: It's odd that the BADLAND WINCHES™ look like Mile Marker clones too. The newer style Mile Marker Tough Series winches are nearly identical in appearance. So either they are Mile Marker clones/rebranded too, and Mile Marker sucks now. Or it's just a coincidence that somebody bought 2 in a row that failed prematurely.

But until we know more on that...I ain't buyin' one!
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