View Full Version : Engo winch...

01-31-2012, 08:57 PM
Found this on the local CL:

Does anyone have first hand experience with these winches!? Looks like a good solid 12K lb piece of equipment at a decent price.


02-01-2012, 12:45 PM
Seems like it would be worth a try for the price. That's 1/4 of the price of a Warn 12,000 lb winch.

02-01-2012, 01:26 PM
Seems like more and more "less expensive" winches are becoming available and I wonder if many aren't the same make, just rebadged by the various sellers :confused:

Two schools of thought for me...The "you get what you pay for it" line of thinking and the "you are paying for a name brand" line of thinking.

Not much on the web about that winch - a couple hits on a Jeep forum where one guy thought it was good and another guy that got stranded and had to walk back to civilization after his Engo gave up...Last post from that guy indicated that he thinks the solenoids went out but nothing conclusive.

Many of us bought the cheap Edgestar fridges some time ago and for some they are still working and for others they were junk...Compared to most of the Engel and ARB etc. fridge reviews the Edgestar only wins on price up front but if it dies you are out the $$ even with a warranty as some discovered.

On the flip side, if a winch will mostly be a bumper ornament then go the less expensive route and use some of the savings to maybe buy a backup plan (i.e. a come-along) should the winch fail when you really need it.

02-01-2012, 01:44 PM
Good analysis - thank you!

02-08-2012, 07:36 PM
engo is a cheap winch that beat out a warn on pulling power and didnt fry, good article in 4wheeler article was winch shoot out from prob 4 months ago?

03-01-2012, 09:13 PM
That one got pretty good reviews in the 4Wheeler article but you have to take it for whats its worth. There is a group buy going on MUD right now for them too. http://forum.ih8mud.com/vendor-marketplace/566000-buy-engo-winch-receive-free-shipping.html

It looks a lot like my old T-Max that pulled really hard. But I had two failures with my T-Max. The first I got fixed for free. (Broken End housing) But the 2nd time they were out of business and I could not get parts. (solenoid failure). Overall I really like the T-max until it broke.

I replaced it with a used Warn M12000. My thought was Warn will still be around if this one ever has issues. Just my experience and .02

J Kimmel
03-01-2012, 11:29 PM
lots of folks buying the cheap winches and they're fine for occasional use but...seems like every one I see in use is incredibly slow and struggles with most loads. You get what you pay for with winches imo

I've got a Warn 9.5 XP, best winch I've ever owned. When you need a fast reliable pull when someone is upside down or in a precarious spot you don't really think about what you spent. :)