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Badlands 12,000-Pound Winch - The Best Deal In Winching

Badland Winch Overview
CC Rogers | Writer
Posted December 1, 2011

12,000 Pounds of Pulling Power for Less Than $400

Need a winch for your truck but don’t have $1,000-plus to spend on one? Well, Harbor Freight has got your back.

For less than you might spend on a single tire for your big ride, you could have yourself a Badlands winch. And, no this isn’t some special that’s only available for a week after you read this; that’s just Harbor Freight’s price on their new line of Badlands winches.

We’ve haven’t put too many pulls on ours yet, but we’ve definitely gotten it into action a few times, with positive results. The line speed isn’t slow, and the quality and appearance of the winch seems top notch. We’ve tried some “lesser expensive” winches before, and we can tell you firsthand that this winch is in a league of its own. It competes with the high-end winches in performance, and the economically-priced winches in cost.

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Badland Winch Specs

Model: Badlands 12,000-pound winch
Motor: 6hp series-wound motor (12VDC)
Duty cycle rating: 5 percent (45 sec @ max-rated load)
Geartrain/Ratio: Three-stage planetary/265:1
Brake: Auto load-holding 8.8 x 2.5-inch drum
Cable: 0.375-inch diameter, 100 feet
Cable nominal strength: 14,400 pounds
Dimensions: 20.9 x 6.4 x 8.3 in
Mounting Pattern: 10.0 x 4.5 in
Weight: 86.8 pounds (complete with steel cable)


Line Performance (First Layer of Cable)
Line Pull (lbs) Line Speed (fpm) Amp Draw
0 16.4 72
2,000 14 115
4,000 9.9 159
6,000 9.1 198
8,000 7.6 242
10,000 6.1 281
12,000 5.0 320

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