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Geekbsd
01-06-2014, 12:46 AM
When I first got my Jeep I started reading about winches, no not wenches.
I learned the follow:

Heat is an issue and can harm synthic line.
Spooling out line can take time depending on type.
Heat can come the winch break (and other).
Worm gear +low heat +"built-in" break -SLOW.
Planetary +"fast" -move moving parts -hotter than worm.

Most Warn (10,000 lbs) winches are cheaper than the ONE electric worm drive winch I have found.

I don't plan to crawl up rocks or cliffs, but I will likely need to rely the winch should I get stuck. I don't want to buy a winch that I need to modify or alter to get a highly dependable winch. Are the costs worth a worm drive winch? Are the problems of a planetary drive (heat, breaking) seldom or real? Is a worm drive better than a planetary? Do I buy a cheaper Warn winch (http://www.quadratec.com/products/92136_0101_07.htm) or the pricey SuperWinch (http://www.superwinch.com/c/off-road_husky-series-worm-drive).

TrailBear
01-06-2014, 01:05 AM
Buy a higher end warn and your done.

dahreno
01-06-2014, 04:00 AM
Have you found that Superwinch is more expensive then Warn ? I can't believe that . I'm sure some will disagree with me but most of the time I have found that people usually just need a little tug, not a big long pull that will create so much heat that things begin to fray and melt.

Army_Vet
01-06-2014, 10:18 AM
Check out the midwest JKX vids and you will see Mel from ORE do a long pull through deep heavy mud. Its impressive what that warn winch was able to do. So far in all the vids this is the longest pull I have seen.

Geekbsd
01-06-2014, 05:59 PM
Have you found that Superwinch is more expensive then Warn ? I can't believe that . I'm sure some will disagree with me but most of the time I have found that people usually just need a little tug, not a big long pull that will create so much heat that things begin to fray and melt.

dahreno the Superwinch are cheaper when comparing planetary vs planetary. As far as I know, Warn does not make a worm gear winch. When comparing Superwinch's worm-gear winch to most of Warn's planetary winches, Superwinch is more expensive.

Indefatigable
01-07-2014, 01:28 AM
Have you considered the spur gear Warn M8274. Fast, strong, no drum heat issue. Gears are in oil not grease.

Geekbsd
01-07-2014, 08:40 PM
Have you considered the spur gear Warn M8274. Fast, strong, no drum heat issue. Gears are in oil not grease.

That Looks like it is an $1,800.00 dollar winch, and for that price I would get a worm drive.

Indefatigable
01-07-2014, 09:18 PM
That Looks like it is an $1,800.00 dollar winch, and for that price I would get a worm drive.

They really have not changed much since 1974. Mine was made late 70s that I have had for a decade.

Used they can be had for a few hundred and usually a nice used one is 500. Craigslist can be your friend.

I am a believer in this winch. In my opinion, nothing really comes close. The newer -50 series motor can retrofit onto the older ones easy bolt in application. I have run both the older and newer style motor.

We 8274 types are "different". Just like the winch!

But if you are just looking for a lay down style for a JK. I would go with one of Warn's HS9500, 9.5 or whatever they are going by these days. Lots of flavours available in that winch edition - just pick the options that work for you. It is faster than most. (no load line speed really really matters- loaded line speed not so much)