I've used my HiLift countless times... wouldn't go offroad without it. I've also used my winch countless times. Without the proper training both are deadly and best not used. Take an extraction course, learn how to use them properly and safely and they'll be your best friend.
HiLift has been great to pull up fence posts, winch down lodged branches, etc. It's a great powerful tool when used properly. But like any tool, if not used in it's proper intended manner it can be very dangerous.
Always maintain it too... don't let it sit out in the weather year after year without cleaning and lubrication. I also carry a full set of spare parts for it.
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 SRW 4x4 Crew Cab Full Size Bed
Bak Ind. Tonneau Cover | Lim Slip R. Diff | TracRac Ladder Rack (soon to be modified to a load/gear rack)
Use: Camping, Hunting, Hauling MX Bikes, Light Offroading, General Hauling Duty, Daily Driver