I have always run Warn winches but I am sure others produce quality winches. I always buy one size larger than they say you need. I ask waht I need and order the next size up never heard of anyone complaining thier winch was too strong. lol
Winch horror tale. Winter quadding trip on a woodland bison hunt in Yukon. Temps between -10 and -20 Celsius. Was running low willow flats that had lower grassy/sedge meadows and some flooded areas where sign showed the bison had been feeding during these late winter conditions. The remaining snow was patchy and averaged 6 inches.
I was running the grassy meadows while I scouted and covered new ground. Rounding a blind corner I suddenly found myself on brittle ice, about 2" thick, but the water under the ice had dried up. The front of the quad broke thru and dropped so far that my front racks were level with the ice. The winch was buried and unaccessable. The back wheels luckily were still up on the surface of the ice. I was in a mess I could not get out of!
I always carry an action-packer box on my front racks. Due to the remoteness of this trip I had included a come-along hand winch. Using about 50 feet of rope and the come-along I was able to reach a strong enough clump of willows that eventually I got the quad pulled backwards out of the hole. Wasn't easy, and took over an hour, but if it weren't for the extra gear I'd have had to walk out.
Man you are roughing it out there! I guess it could actually be life threatening getting stuck out there! It was 80 degrees yesterday when I was stuck makes it a lot easier to tolerate. lol
I got all 4 wheels off the ground on a pick up truck rut zero traction
I guess you must be prepared where you ride or your in deep sh-t
That dam quad is a beast but trucks went thru and left huge ruts all 4 tires were just free spinning. I could have used 30" tires at that point lol
I do use my Factory Warn winch alot (heard they are not as good as buying direct from Warn not sure there is any truth to that.)
Mine has never let me down yet and I use it every trip. I push until I get stuck no matter what lol. if not me then someone following me needs a pull. probably 40 or 50 winch jobs done on factory winch so far so good