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post #1 of 11 Old 12-24-2009, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Warn vs. Superwinch

Ok. So, I'm new to the forum. Did some searching. Came up with that great article about winches in hell where warn and superwinch came out on top. With that said, I'm looking to buy a winch and hoping you guys can give me some input. I don't wheel a whole lot, but intend on doing more and want a reliable product. I've looked at these choices.

Superwinch EPi9.0S - $800
M8000- $540 + ~$230 synthetic rope= $770
Smittybilt XRC8 Comp w/ synthetic= $500

Like I said, I don't wheel a whole lot, minor work around my area that the winch would come in handy for, so pulling all day long isn't a necessity, but I do want it to work when I use it. Install, forget about it, it works when it needs to. With that said, which one of these choices would best suit my needs? I'm figuring in the synthetic rope now.

Would I be better off saving the money with the XRC8? Or go with the two (for lack of better term) "better" products from Warn or Superwinch? The Superwinch gives me a little more for pull for the same dollar roughly over the M8000 from Warn when the synthetic rope's included...with just steel cable, the superwinch gives more pull per $.

Hopefully someone with real-world observation of the durability of these products can chime in.

Wish the Winches in Hell article would've included the XRC8, but I suppose it was a test of the 9000-9500# products.

Hope you guys can help. This one should start up an inevitable pissing contest...Thanks.
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all i can say is ive had my m8000 for about 10 years now , been on 4 jeeps and its never not worked for me. just now im starting to have problems but i think its due to my 1/2 shot stock battery and poor connections on my extended solinoid lines.

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I have used the WARN but have never heard anything bad about Superwinch. WARN is WARN. Expensive but worth the money. Too be honest the XRC8 has been getting good reviews and I have one on order so we shall see.

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honestly ive seen/herd about 3 warns crapping out. ive never herd about a super winch crap out. idk if that cause more people have warns but probally. for the money i love the smittybuilt, and when i get a winch i will be looking at the the same options.

the reason i would go with the super over the warn is that u get a 1000 lbs more for just $100.

and i would compare these to the xrc 10 comp with synth for $600. not the xrc 8.

ive herd the xrc 10's are better built than the xrc 8. and i will probolly go with the xrc 10 just because u can ge a life time warrenty through 4wp and theres one like 20 min from my house.

im not sure of the warrenty on superwinch's.

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Dollar for dollar.... I think the Superwinch is the best value. Although either is probably a decent choice. Although.... I'd take a Warn 8270 over a Superwinch any day of the week.

I've been running an EPi9000 for about four or five years now. It's gotten a lot of use and abuse and lives in a marine environment. It runs as strong now as the day I bought it.

I have previously owned or extensively used Warn and Mile Marker (hydro). Both were very nice and reliable.
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Superwinch EPi9.0 here, ZERO problems in 2 years, pull at least once a month, upgraded to Viking synthetic line a year ago. Go for the Superwinch.
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Another happy Superwinch owner here.

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I have a Superwinch EPi9.0 that I replaced the stock wire rope with synthetic line and it has been great.

Sometimes Amazon seems to have the best price on the Superwinch. I checked today and it's listed as:

Superwinch 09034 EPi9.0 Series Master Winch

List Price: $998.79
Price: $499.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. Details
You Save: $499.79 (50%)

In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.

You can get a pretty nice synthetic line for $300.

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Warn winch is a great product. The price for similiar product makes it a deal breaker for me.
Superwinch EPi9.0 owner great winch. Lost mine in a bad wreck. When I buy another winch this is it!
I also bought mine from Amazon and got a great price shipped quick.

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Winner!!!!!!!! Only thing is it's heavy. Replace cable with synthetic later-good to go!!!!!

Any excuse to post this picture. My favorite ...looks 3D 80ft of rope pulled on this one.

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Warn - Made IN USA w/some of the parts sourced from "overseas"

Superwinch - this is what they emailed me.

The X9 part number 1901C & the S9000 part number 1917 are both
mfg. in Putnam, CT

The EP9.0 part number 09032 & the LP8500 part number 1585200 are mfg. in
China built to Superwinch specifications.

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They're all fine. The XRC8 is what I chose for a low-use highly reliable winch. I've used it several times and no issues.

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