The warn 3000 has a lifetime warranty, that does it for me.Somebody knows better than i do but i think the warn 3000 and higher are watertight. Other brands who knows... Water, mud inside a wich = problems. Warn may be expensive but when you are 50mi off road is saving a few bucks worth it?
Like they say: Go Warn, Go Prepared!
I've got a warn on my truck. It got rear-ended by a dumptruck with a full load plus a dump trailer with a full load. Still works! My bumper was hanging but the winch is fine![/b]
You bring up a very good point. Makes me wonder how long Venom and Gorilla have been making winches.GWH, the Waterproof 3.0 line of Warn winches hasn't been out all that long....year and a half at most. So I think to sat's point, once more get out there, you'll hear more of issues. However, I do think Warn makes a good quality product (they wouldn't be where they are if they didn't) and truthfully, I don't forsee many posts about any of their winches having issues aside from the "one off" issue that any mass produced product will have from time to time.
That said, I have a Warn in the rear of my ATV (came as the stock front winch) and a Gorilla 3k waterproof in the front. I'm likely going to sell my Warn and get a Gorilla and make a couple bucks doing it. [/b]