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Badland winch; Opinions wanted


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Hi Everyone,


I am looking for opinions on a winch that is sold by Harbor Freight. The winch brand is a Badland and the capacity is 9000lb. The list price is $499.99, on sale for $299.99. I have two questions. Is the sale price a good price ? Second question is about quality. Good or bad quality ? I want to use the winch for loading a Smart car. Is there anything that I am missing ?


Thanks for any help,


2012 Volvo VNL 630 w/ I-Shift; D13 engine; " Veeger "
  Redwood, model 3401R ; 5th Wheel Trailer, " Dead Wood "
    2006 Smart Car " Killer Frog "


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There are videos on Youtube of the Harbor Freight winch. Not as good as a Warn but seem to be a very good value purchase. There is a couple of videos about trouble with the controller. I have a light-wieght (about 2000 lbs) version mounted on my car trailer and it was worked fine when I needed it. I use it on a 2,000+ lb Jeep.


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Lot of us have used the Smittybilt 8k with good results. Mine was $299 free shipping. 7 yrs and still kickin

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I use the 12K harbor freight unit w/ wireless. I pulled a 20' steel Sea Container out of the mud up onto a trailer with it, no problems. For our use would change the steel cable to synthetic winch line, which is what I did.

It may be a little overkill for my 500# bike, maybe that fits well on my class 8 with 2800# on the hitch and 30K# of unused bed capacity. 8-)


ps. Al: if you want to see mine, we are almost neighbors, also the ECR will soon come.

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I have three badland winches, 4000, 8000, 12,000. They are all good winches. the only thing i don't like is on the small one it is a wireless remote. It always works but there is a lag time between the time you push button and when it starts or stops. This happens in both directions.

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