Can it be disassembled and cleaned/repaired easily? Knowing HF this is probably just just a basic clamshell designed injection mold with less than ideal gaskets. I’d want to break it down and reseal it properly before using
I'm not here to sling mud. I'm simply here to say that you can buy a ZEON 12-S all day at less than the price HF states. The price they list the ZEON 12-S at full MSRP, and we do not require retailers to sell at that price.
I got a "mailer" for this thing as well. While everything sounds nice on paper, to me the price point doesn't make sense; at 600, I would save a bit more and get a tried and tested winch. I was able to get out the door with the normal Badlands 12k for under 275, which for the time being, did make sense to me.
While HF is comparing their new which to Warn's Zeon series, it seems to me that it's most direct competitor is Warn's VR winches. The VR's can be had at the same price as the HF ($600) and are backed by a limited lifetime and 7 year electronics warranty. If we're comparing made in China vs made in China winches, Warn seems like the clear winner here unless I'm missing something.
I have one experience ordering a Badlands winch part. Called HF customer service with the part number from the exploded parts diagram in the back of the owners manual.
The part was cheap, and easily ordered.
The downside was that it took months to get to me. HF did not stock the part in the US and the rep told me it would be put in the next shipping container headed from China to the US.
When I was trying to find anyone who stocked the part I found a lot of retailers stocking Warn winch parts, but NONE stocking HF winch parts.
So I was actually impressed that I was able to get the part, and at a good price, directly from HF. The turn around time could be a real issue though if time to repair mattered at all.
I ordered one of these Badlands winches. I have not had too much time to mess with it, but upon inspecting it, it seems pretty stout. I am hoping to mount and test it this week. My rational was, on my last build, I had spent $1400 on a warn winch that I only used 1 time in 3.5 years and that was to recover someone else...… that was for my 100 series, this is for my 3x locked 80 that seems to be way more capable vehicle for wheeling. so hopefully this winch seems to be at least worth the $660 I paid for it.
Or to be realistic, hopefully I don't have any issues while I own this vehicle. I used to think every car I buy, I will keep a really long time....... but history shows, I cant hang on to a car longer than 3.5 years. .lol