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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

Got a coupon today from harbor freight. One of the items in there is for a 12000# badlands winch (item 68142) for $329.

Good deal, bad deal, what's the deal?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

cheap for 12k winch. cant get a warn m8000 for that price

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

I was looking at those too. but not sure of the quality either. It could be a really good deal, or a $329 boat anchor.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

Ive been reading up on these, of course everyone and their mother has an opinion. The brand whores swear by Superwinch, Smitty, Warn, Titan, whatever.

On this brand the duty cycle is like 5% ... so you can do the full 12,000 lb pull for about 5 minutes, then the winch needs to rest. They are not the fastest, and they surely dont have a fancy website website.. but they do their work.

Harbor Freight also offers an extended warranty on them, so you just walk in with your broke winch and walk out with a new one. Rumor has it if you buy an 8K winch & warranty, and you break it, come in if there isnt one in stock you get the larger version. Strictly rumor though.

Ive been shopping this:
www.amazon.com/Rugged-...941&sr=1-1

with a 3yr warranty.

and this:
www.metaltech4x4.com/p...e9000.aspx

right now on special pricing with a lifetime warranty.

buy a snatch block, and have all the pulling power you need. remember you should run a short winch cable because you only get the rated pull on single layer.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

I've run the crap out'ta many a Harbor Freight winch...they work fine.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

Homedad wrote:
I've run the crap out'ta many a Harbor Freight winch...they work fine.

Thats good enough for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

Homedad wrote:
I've run the crap out'ta many a Harbor Freight winch...they work fine.

I knew which side of this discussion you'd be on :=>
I'm waiting for Jim (blue10) to pipe up....


Will the 12k fit in my bumper?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

cali: the metaltech engo one looks similar (nearly exact) to the harbor freight...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

I don't trust Harbor Freight anymore. I had a couple items that I relied on; one was a flashlight; was about 30 miles off shore fishing and their POS equipment failed. I will not go there or buy anything anymore. You get what you pay for; that is the case most of the time.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

I aint saying shit. I told you monkeys 20 times that the HF Badlands winch is the Engo and that its a perfectly fine item. If you didnt bother to pay attention, then screw y'all.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

You have the 10k or 12k one?



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I aint saying shit. I told you monkeys 20 times that the HF Badlands winch is the Engo and that its a perfectly fine item. If you didnt bother to pay attention, then screw y'all.

I heard you just fine. It's just more fun finding it out on my own...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

conejo wrote:
You have the 10k or 12k one?



blue10 wrote:
I aint saying shit. I told you monkeys 20 times that the HF Badlands winch is the Engo and that its a perfectly fine item. If you didnt bother to pay attention, then screw y'all.

I heard you just fine. It's just more fun finding it out on my own...

But you didnt find out on your own. You asked a public forum to chime in and we read about how $2 flashlights dont float.

If you wanna find out on your own, you would drag your ass down to HF, drop the cash for the item and see what you get.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

FEEL THE LOVE...must have been a bad week

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

Conejo, was it coupon specific? Or how long is sale?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 12000# harbor freight winch Reply with quote

Hmmm....Wonder if that would fit in my ALL-Pro Bumper.

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