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Old 08-04-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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HF winch

Not the direction I would go, but I do know a number of people who have run Harbor Freight winches with success. If you're only going to use a winch once in a rare while, it might be a cheap alternative.

HF 12,000lb winch normally $499.99, on sale for $399.99, with a coupon $299.99 ... 010_c3214a

Not sure how long the sale price, and coupon price, are good for.


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Old 08-05-2014, 08:22 PM   #2
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Re: HF winch

Ran HF winches on two previous jeeps for years without fail. Admittedly light duty, only used a few times a year, but never left me hanging...

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Old 08-05-2014, 08:48 PM   #3
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Re: HF winch

Mine's worked a couple times with no issues so far..

Some day when I finish all the other projects one van I might upgrade.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:50 PM   #4
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Re: HF winch

Mine is also still going strong. As I think I've noted elsewhere here, go with better bolts and nuts for mounting. Mine snapped off well below normal torque values.

BTW, it seems to go on sale quite frequently at that price. Wish they'd start stocking synthetic line.
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