Sadly BOTH of the winch test articles mentioned here are poor
I remember the OJ article well as I felt it let down the standard of the mag. Nice pictures though
Mags tend to fail on this subject - I should know, I've written or been involved in 6 'what's the best winch' tests. They are best avoided and the matter dealt with individually with no comparisons, even when the professionals are involved
It's a hugely emotive subject as well; like Jeep V's Land Rover or BFG versus Cooper; so whatever you say will be denied, questioned and generally disbelieved.
I actually know who makes the best recreational winch (it's hydraulic) and I know who makes the most reliable electric recreational winch (it's Chinese). I also know who makes the best synthetic rope... I found out through many years of testing** the whole market not just a selection, in many climates, in many countries on many vehicles. I'm not going to give names mind! 2 reasons; a). someone who thinks better will argue* and b). some new product will have come out last week that may shed a different light on the whole damn thing.
* usually because he/she has a different winch/rope to the correct answer and it's always worked well and never let them down
** sponsored by various very big companies with lots of money and power
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