Bass Pro Shops® 1400 lb. Trailer Winch
Way too cheap
My old winch lasted 8 years of frequent use but the handle was starting to get loose. The teeth were showing some wear so I decided to retire it before it fails at the launch on a windy day. Got this wench and looked it over for fit and it looked like a decent replacement. Install was a breeze. Cranking action felt good and the handle length was the same as my old winch so no worries about dragging knuckles on the hull.
Connected the strap to the boat and went to tightening. I cranked and watched the strap rotate and compress and was certain it would get stiff any minute. Nope. The strap anchor bolt is a cheesy 1/4" bolt and it went from assumed straight to a gnarly curve shape. I figured I could drill out the hole and go with a 3/8" bolt later but wanted to go fishing. When I went to drag the boat the last inch to rest on the chin post, the bolt kept bending as expected but the friggin' handle started to bend as well. I'm done with this winch and will go with another brand. Might be good for pulling a jet ski but that's about it.
June 14, 2014
Winch was easy to install and align with the elongated bolt slots. The winch handle provides good leverage. The ratchet gear cam required a little grinding on the outer edge for it to clear one of the mounting bolt heads in order for it to pivot freely--dremel tool made it an easy task. The strap holder bolt has already bent-and that was just with tightening down the strap. Fortunately, I have a drive on trailer--not sure if the bolt could handle completely winching a boat up onto a trailer. I'm sure I will have to replace the bolt with a larger one (which may require some drilling).
March 15, 2014
Do not buy this winch
The latch on the 1400 # failed. The winch would come loose after hitting one bump on the road. Do not buy this or the 1200# or smaller winches. They have an inferior retainer spring attached to the release lever.It will not hold the latch down. Go to the store and see what I am talking about. Bass Pro gave me a full refund in the way of a gift card. I will not buy this winch again. The 1600# and higher have a better looking lever spring, but they were out of stock in the store today. I may try one of these.
November 8, 2011
Bought this product a couple years back and it went bad already. The teeth off the main gear snapped off in severl places. Would advise spending the extra $ for 2000 pound model with double gears. I have an 18' bass boat.
July 27, 2011