Submitted: Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 19:02
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i have the choice of a tjm 9500 or ironman 12000,can anyone give me their opinion on which they would choose.
i have an 80 series and plan on fitting it to the t15 tjm bar
any input would be great.
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Reply By: kidsandall - Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 20:05

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 20:05
I guess it does depend on how often you will use it and under what conditions. Personally I'd go the 12'000 ironman. We had the repco winch on our 80 series when we did our trip and it never missed a beat. It had a tough life and some pretty heavy pulls including out of Gunshot. It only cost us $650. Most winches die not because they aren't good enough but because they aren't maintained. Ironman have a good name. just my thoughts.

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Follow Up By: shanegu6 - Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 20:47

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 20:47
I agree with Josh, I have a 12000lb Ironman, hasn't let me down. I had a 9500lm Warn and that thing let me down more than once.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 21:50

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 21:50
gooday Bigmaka : I'v got ironman winch works ok but its a bit cheap & nasty in the electric relay box ,some say to change relays to better ones !!!!
I think one of the big things is to look after it , dont over work it by getting it to hot & serves it regularly , its out front in the mud & water . good luck
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Reply By: hotfishez - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 08:09

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 08:09
The Ironman winches have out performed TJM in the winch comparo done by 4WD Action in the last year or two. I have the Ironman 12,000lb, had it for a few years now, pulled my 80 series with the 6.5 mtr boat and trailer hooked up bogged out of the water. I use the 9,500 or 12,000lb Ironman for trailer boat winches pending on the size boat for retrieve. Quick spray with batttery terminal protector internally and a water dispersant externally, silicon spray for example, not one has ever let me down.
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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 09:25

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 09:25
I'm a warn 12000lb owner myself & my son has an iron man on he's Navara, but which ever the brand, if they have the solenoid's switching get rid of it for a solidstate type as this is where most fail due to lack of use & corrosion on the contacts & paint liquid tape etc.. on all the electrical connection's. I don't believe my son will get several trucks out of he's winch like I have with the warn (now 20years old & only 2 rebuilds & has been abused & used) as he's gets awful hot quickly & have had to go back to wire rope due to the heat (bugged several mtrs of dyneema due the heat)
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Follow Up By: bigmaka - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 12:14

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 12:14
as far as the heating issuses is that long(over 30 sec) single line pulls or does it heat up fast in general?
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 13:49

Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 13:49
fast in general & HOT, if you can winch out in 30 seconds your not stuck that bad & look at your winch speeds & pull power per layer so if your stuck & loaded you will want to get as much cable out as possible so your winch is at its most powerful, you will want to be able to winch for a lot longer than 30 seconds as often when you stop it loads up with the suction etc... & any load is easier to move once you get it moving & keep it moving
talk to both company's as some model's only have the problem on the feed out, my old warn will heat on a power out as it fights the brake but not a real problem as most of the time its on free spoil for out. in my life I have only used a winch to lower me/vehicle down a section a few times
good luck as its hard to warrant the $ for some brands & A friend purchased one of the cheapest winches & it still works fine & it was purchased from aldi & it has probably been used more than most. he's a timber collector in tas

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Follow Up By: bigmaka - Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 20:30

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 20:30
thanks for the input
i'm buying the bar going to get the winch seperate and install it myself that way im not pigeon holed into a certain brand.
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Reply By: youngharry52 - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 11:18

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 11:18
Hi Maka,

Have you had a look at Tigerz 11. Got on on my 200 series. So far so good, though never really been used in anger.


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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 20:25

Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 20:25
The new generation Ironman seems like a good unit.
Its had a number of improvements over the first generation model.

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Reply By: bigmaka - Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 20:46

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 20:46
if i can get an avenger mako for a decent price,i might try that,got a good write up.
atleast now i will have the time to make a good choice.

thankyou for the info everyone,very helpful.
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