Imported Winches

Submitted: Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 08:17
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Folks,

I have a mate that works at a company that fits a lot of winches to a lot of company owned vehicles. He has offered to sell me either a 12000lb or a 9500lb winch, with mounting plate, cover, 2 shackles, snatch block, tree protector and a drag chain, all brand new.

My question is, what sort of money could I expect to pay for all of this? He wants around $1600 for the larger 12000lb setup, or $1450 for the smaller9500lb setup, but I am not sure.

The brand is DF Power Tools, and they look remarkably like the new X9.5 ARB winches. All the bits are rated over 6 tonnes, all instructions are in english, etc...

What are your thoughts?
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Reply By: chump_boy - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 11:23

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 11:23
I guess a lot of people are interested (judging by the number of views), but noone knows.

Someone must know if this is OK or not. It seems to be, judging by the ARB catalogue.

Chump
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Reply By: MattyM - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:12

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:12
chump boy,
I bought a Magnum 9k winch from Bayside 4x4 for $1080. Apparently they are built in the same factory as Warn. They use Warn solenoids & a Bosch motor so the electrics should be Ok. As far as the mechanicals go I havent had any problems.
I thought this was not a bad deal as the best ARB retail in Kilsyth would do was $1250.
They do tell you it is not a heavy duty winch, but ifyour only doing the odd recovery & use a snatch block it should last as long as a genuine Warn.

Cheers
Matty
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Follow Up By: chump_boy - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:15

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:15
These include all the bits and pieces as well - things like mounting plate, canvas cover, as well as the recovery equipment.

Sounds like the price would end up about the same with all that added in.
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Reply By: Moggs - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:26

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:26
It is a bit difficult to answer your query without some more info - who are DF Power Tools? - do they manufacture or rebadge? - What is the warranty? - availablity of parts? - service centres? etc. All of these would be taken into consuideration re: whether the price is good value.

FWIW, I have a 9k Magnum winch and couldn't be happier with it - $1,100 from ARB at Dandenong.
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Follow Up By: chump_boy - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:32

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:32
This is the info he gave me:

They are a manufacturer in China.

They are used pretty extensively by his company for track clearing, log moving, recovery, etc, and they haven't had any problems yet.

Manufacturers warranty is 3 years, but on a parts replacement basis.

Single Line Rated Pull @ 12000lb(5440kg)

Motor @ 5.5hp/4.0kw,Series Wound
Control @ Remote Switch, 12ft(3.7m) lead
Gear train @ 3 Stage Planetary
Gear reduction ratio @ 265:1
Braking Action @ Automatic In-The-Drum
Cable @ 94ft of 3/8h diameter (28m of 9.5mm diameter)
Fairlead @ 4-Way Roller Fairlead
Battery Leads @ 2 gauge, 72h(1.83m)
Overall dimensions @ (L~W~H)21.3h ~6.3h ~8.6h(562~160~218mm)
Mounting Bolt Pattern @ 10.00}0.015h ~4.50}0.010h(254~114.3mm)
Weight @ N.W. 88lbs(40kg) G.W. 95lbs(43kg)
MEAS @ 59~20~39.5cm(1PC)
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 16:48

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 16:48
Suunds like this one

You're not the one who sells/imports them by any chance are you?

R.
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Follow Up By: chump_boy - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 09:07

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 09:07
That looks like the one.

And I don't import them myself, no.

You don't know what they are worth do you? I have done a bit of a search, and they seem to only sell in large batches, but won't supply a price to just a person.

CHump
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 11:20

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 11:20
No. No idea what they would be worth nor the quality.

Appears to be a copy of the OX10,000lb ELECTRIC WINCH, but who know really.

R.

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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 17:03

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 17:03
Sounds reasonable. I paid $1200 for a 9500 Brawn a couple of years ago. It's a good winch.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:21

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 18:21
1200 bucks Willem, I'm looking for a good wench, she should last a few years, yeah? Brawn nor brain really important!!!! Michael
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