Its funny how a M8000 could be had for 500+/- new before the VR's appeared. But then its suddenly more expensive :roll eyes: Although currently its on Summit Racing for $549 after a rebate. There is also the new Zeon series which seems to fit somewhere in the middle?
I'd give Christo a call. I'm sure he has sold a number of VR's by now and has formed an educated opinion.
I also error on the side of the more expensive winch. I went down the budget road with a early T-Max. Had to rebuild it a couple times. Now parts are no longer available for the early models.
Found a used M12000 on craigslist. Paid $550. Have $750 total in it after a little refresh.
Then there is always this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/181259766893...ewitem&vxp=mtr