Do you have alist of those winches and their 'failure modes'? Such information would be invaluable to those looking for a winch
I wonder how many MileMarker winches catch fire? The same type under a different brand name is sold by Champion here in the UK (the Champion EWS IIRC) it's one of the most reliable winches I know. Champion used to be derided here in the UK because of their chinese contacts now they own the largest share of both the recovery market and the fallen stock market - finding worse conditions and worse maintenance would be hard!
When we recieved our first batch of warn winches at the Land Rover Experience, of the ten delivered and fitted to the new (at that time) Warn bumper, 7 of the 10 failed. The failures ranged from jammed brakes to unfitted caple grub screws. Not one of the Experience instructors (proper instructors mind you, not the modern marketing guys) wanted to trust a Warn winch. The Winches were XD9000i's
I ran an instruction week for Biosphere Expeditions whilst at the Experience - driving, vehicle dependant survival and recovery. Four brand new Td5 110's, four brand new XD9000i's all of which failed to complete the first pull...
I can relate similar incidents with TGS (Warn and Ox), Nissan (Warn), Warn Europe and Ramsey Europe. Oddly enough I've never had a brand new Superwinch product fail - not even the Superwinch labelled T-max's (I've never had a new 8274 fail though - not ever). TGS fit Warn as a use and dispose item! Too much money if you ask me
Yet I still recommend Warn M8000's and XD9000 to my clients (although I do strip them and re-build prior to fitting if possible). Of the 3600 EP9's and EP9i's sold by David Bowyer in the 3 years prior to the TDS coming out only 3 broke (all down to user fault; one was mine and I manged to snap the chassis, but enough of that)
That's why ALL winches need testing ESPECIALLY as they ARE Safety Critical