Repco Winches

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 19:53
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Hi all,

Can anyone advise if they have and used quite extensively 1 of the repco 9500lb winches. Would like to know if they will last the distance. I would not use it all that much probally twice a year when going on solo trips. Seam very cheap compared to a Warn. The Repco is $799 and comes with a three year warranty.

Thanks in advance for any feed back.

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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:13

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:13
Unfortunately not using it very frequently is not a mitigating factor.

If during that time of non-use, the rust has crept in, or something has vibrated loose or ...

Winches need frequent use and maintenance.

There is a thread 30298 recently where some comparisons were being planned.

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Andrew who is installing a chinese winch from ebay as of now.
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Reply By: Goona - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:25

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:25
Thanks Vivid.

One other thing how easy is it to nstall into a standard steel Nissan GU bar?

Thanks Goona
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Reply By: geordie4x4 - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:25

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:25
I just recently heard a disturbing verbal report about a repco winch being installed.

When the installer had to rotate the motor to fit it in the correct position, they found a the spacing washer or shim made out of a fanta can cut into a circle.
I am not absolutely sure of how reliable this story is so do not take this as a damming report on the quality of the winch.

Apparently a photo of this has been posted somewhere, So iff any else has more verifiable evidence please post where the source can be viewed.

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Follow Up By: geordie4x4 - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:32

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 23:32
I have now seen the photo evidence of the Fanta can spacer on the Repco winch shaft. It was a rectangular strip (approx 45 by 15 mm) of flat aluminum can (complete with Chinese writing). This was wrapped around the shaft presuamably to fix a discreppancy in spacing between the shaft and bushing.
I assume that this was a factory workers innovative sollution and seriously doubt that this is standard feature for all Repco winches. However it does raise the quality controll issue for not only this brand but many cheaply made winches.
Ya get what you pay for (If your lucky).
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Reply By: Haza - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:53

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 20:53
If you can wait till they have done there review.

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Reply By: Redeye - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 21:02

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 21:02
Hi Goona,

They fit well into a standard GU steel bar (ARB). I put it in by myself. Used a jack to put it in place and just screwed the bolts in.

Wiring was easy. I have a technical background so have hidden the control box and provided a switch on the dash. Very convenient.

One small problem though. Mine died on Fraser after two months of use (twice). It is at REPCO for warranty currently. Three weeks tomorrow. Am getting a little frustrated as am going to Landcrusier this weekend without it. But then a Nissan doesn't really need one LOL.....

The people at REPCO tell me mine is the first return thay have had.

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Reply By: J.T. - Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 23:53

Thursday, Feb 02, 2006 at 23:53
Goona,Just read a bit about tibor winches.Apparently they,re made buy warn and cost $1100.Only $300 more but perhaps a better option.(just a suggestion).Having said that I bought a second hand ramsey and stripped,lubed and rebuilt and cost about $300.Still going strong.
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Reply By: chump_boy - Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 08:35

Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 08:35

Let me say up front I sell these winches.

I have a few on ebay at the moment (as do a few other people). For less than $770 you should be able to pick up a 12,000lb unit. They are essentially the same as what Repco sell, they are just branded, and come with some extra accessories.

Warranty is only 12 months though, so you need to weigh up what the extra 2 years is worth to you.


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Follow Up By: Goona - Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 08:57

Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 08:57

Thanks for that. I have had a look on ebay as suggested. Is thias the one that requires a Melbourne pick up only?

Is there any way postage to QLD Brisbane metro area can be arranged?

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Follow Up By: chump_boy - Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 09:01

Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 09:01

Thats the competition!

You can email me at, and I'll give you the details.

I think shipping to Brisbane metro is around $40 - $45, but I would have to double check.


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Reply By: Member - Fred L (NSW) - Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 15:11

Friday, Feb 03, 2006 at 15:11
G'day Goona,
I installed a Repco 9500 on a GU with the standard alloy bar about 4 months ago. The winch is mounted on the chassis. Had to turn the clutch 90deg which was no drams. The innards looked good to me. Have used it a couple of times with no drama at all. Cost me $699 then so you might be able to bargain a bit. I have dunked it yet so I I am not sure how it will go after a good watering!
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:01

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:01
Went to repco today and had alook at their winches. They are the identical unit to the 1200 lb unit I purchased on ebayin November for $446 (even got the same stckers). with freight landed in canberra for under $500 and on the truck within a week.
I'm prepared to forgo the 3 year warranty against the extra 110%cost.
thats without taking into account the net cost after unloading a 6000lb ramsay $300 and gaining double the capacity.
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:35

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:35
Good luck with your winch!!
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