Buying cheaper comes back to haunt me

Submitted: Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:23
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OK, So I saved $1000 or thereabouts by buying a BRAWN imported electric winch instead of a WARN.

The BRAWN has worked well for 3 years but developed a problem last year. It would slip out of gear when winching, and then freespool.

I have narrowed the problem down to the Clutch Handle assembly. It has a small protrudence which makes the Slinding Ring Gear do its job so that you lock or freespool the drum. But this protrudence is of inferior quality build and has broken off so as to make the Sliding Ring Gear operation not work properly.

Now!!!!!!...........BRAWN has gone out of business here in Oz. When I bought the winch a T-Max brochure was included so I thought,..... Well!!....Mebbe!!....... Rang the company whose details were on the brochure. They do not handle Tmax but Aunger in Brisbane does. They gave me the phone number and I then rang Aunger. A very helpful fella said he needed to see the offending part and so I emailed pics this arvo and hopefully will hear from him tomorrow. He said that the BRAWN was a copy off the T MAX/OX winches. Maybe, just maybe, a Clutch Handle may fit.

I wait with bated breath...........................lol

Cheers

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Reply By: acdc - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:27

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:27
Yeep there all the same! Brawn/TJM OX/T MAX
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:34

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:34
Hmmmm...The intersting thing is that the T-MAX brochure on the cover page shows a winch similar to my BRAWN ....BUT....in the winch parts list the exploded view of the winch parts look nothing like what the BRAWN has in it.

I will find out tomorrow no doubt....lol
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Reply By: aeiou - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:31

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 22:31
Ahh yes...

quite often the cheapest track leads to the more expensive road
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:15

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:15
actually Brawn were bought out after Colin closed the doors, and they were tryin to sell again..

Not sure how they went, but probably just changed names again.

Love my warn.. Wanna buy a 10,000lb warn?? :)~ I got one forsale.....
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:27

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:27
I swap you 5 x Nissan Alloys and the Coopers for the winch....:-)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:30

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:30
your a cruel man....
grand its yours ;) we can work out a payment system if ya keen ...
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:32

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:32
Hmmmm..tempting
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:39

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:39
ya know ya wanna.

fix the brawn, and then Ebay it... keep the Warn.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:44

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:44
Come to think of it...the 10K Warn is the worst of the brand. An 8.5K High Mount would be better. No????....lol

Nyah mate..I am financially challenged at the moment(lots of house repairs) and saving up for Tassie trip at end of year .

Might have to give it a miss.

Unless you wanna swap......LOL
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 00:27

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 00:27
8000 high mount not 8500 ;) and you need a different bar for high mount :(

tis there if ya want it....

I know about financiallly challenged...
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:17

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:17
Willem,

And if the Aunger guy comes back with the right part you can tell all the naysayers and mantra chanting doomsayers to bite their posteriors because you still saved a $1,000 and all is OK LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:21

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:21
Until he is 3 days from nowhere in the middle of somehere and he gets stuck, connects the winch and BANG! it breaks again lol
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:30

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:30
LOL you're hopeless Trekkie :)))) Always look on the bright side of life ......... it may never break again :))))

Now that you mention it, I've never noticed an all in brawl here re the relative merits of the different brands/types of winches (like we have for every other bloody subject known to Man). Are they a sacred cow or something ?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:31

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:31
Gramps

Hmmm yes...lol

I see you have removed yer name from the Gathering. No time on hands then?

Trekkie

Too true. Got meself out of the proverbial with a Tirfor a couple of weeks back after BRAWN let go. Maybe that would be the better option after all...lol

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:39

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:39
Willem,

Unfortunately time is a problem and we won't be able to attend the Gathering - bugger, bugger, bugger. I was definitely looking forward to meeting up with a lot of the EO crowd. Looks like that will have to wait a while longer.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:45

Monday, Feb 12, 2007 at 23:45
OK You are forgiven :-)

I know, some people have to work to survive...lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 11:57

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 11:57
Willem,

"Got meself out of the proverbial with a Tirfor a couple of weeks back after BRAWN let go. Maybe that would be the better option after all"

There you go, all problems fixed......

Use the Tirfor, money saved on fixing/replacing winch, interstate telephone calls etc would pay for someone else to fix the house and you could go to Tassie early.......lol

Anyway a young fella like you needs all the exercise he can get..LOL LOL

Cheers
Michael
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 14:41

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 14:41
Michael J

You're a cheeky old bloke, eh? Stop playing on EO and get back to work!!!!.....LOL

You are right about the exercise tho..................

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Rotord - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 08:57

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 08:57
Can you repair and improve the broken part by grinding off the stud , drill , insert the shaft of a high tensile bolt , weld , and grind to shape ?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 09:32

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 09:32
Hi Rotord

Yes, that is what I will have done if all else fails. The casting seems to be of mild steel and hollow at that. I have a number of acquaintances locally who could do the job.
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Reply By: srowlandson - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 09:15

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 09:15
its funny T-Max clain the brawn is a copy of their winch, they all buy them from the same cheap chinese company, so all the same.

Colin @ Brawn used to modify his, and add waterproofing etc.

email colin@brawn4x4.com.au

I am sure he is 'still around'

his site is up and running again with a mobile number on it...
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 09:35

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 09:35
Thanks. I will try Colin. I bought the winch off him originally.
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Follow Up By: Truckster. - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 15:01

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 15:01
Colin sold the brawn winch rights and business ages ago.
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Follow Up By: Truckster. - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 15:01

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 15:01
Brawn Winches
Ph: 03 51401355
info@brawnwinches.com.au
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 22:31

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007 at 22:31
Yep, I got in touch with Colin and he has some spares. Just waiting for a price.

Bloke from Aunger also came back to me and they too have what I want in stock.

Cheer
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