Yeah I know that Bill is sposored by SW and has his own line of the Husky winch so not surprising they are having him test out their new line. Post up how you like the 9.5sr.I'm about to install it on my truck (9.5SR). My buddy Bill Burke was testing it at EJS but I haven't heard how it turned out. I do know it's fast ,pulls more than it's rated and works under water! SOLD in my book.
Don't want to get into the whole made in China = Crap debate just looking at the options out there and this is a new offering. I do want to run synthetic line which is why the SW with the synthetic Amsteel line already installed is appealing. I looked at the Smitty Built with synthetic line but from what I have read the synynthetic line they use is not up to par with the Amsteel.It looks like their other Chinese made winches, just sealed with a new gear box and brake in the gear box. If you are looking for a water proof Chinese winch, you might look at the Smittybilt X20 line for about 1/3 the price. Having the brake in outside of the drum is a bonus if you are running synthetic line.
The VR series is on my list of possibles. Looks like I can pick up the VR 10,000 for about $500 with the $80 rebate and then swap out the cable to synthetic.I'm not bagging on Chinese products, but if you want to compare features in water proof winches look at the new Warn VR line of winches. These are about half the price of the Talons.
So how is it the VR series are so inexpensive compared to other Warn models? It seems to me that they might be made overseas only because Warn does not indicate where the VR series are made. If they were USA made, then this would be advertised one would think.I'm not bagging on Chinese products, but if you want to compare features in water proof winches look at the new Warn VR line of winches. These are about half the price of the Talons.