The first thing that truly tested my Warn RT30 was an old 5 in 1/2 thick steel pipe that was a clothes line pole that was about 5 ft deep. My dad's Warn 2500 stripped the plastic gears so he called me. With my first pull it went twice as far as my dad's did. After repositioning my hook and using a piece of wood as a pivot point(to help pull it up and out), it sucked it right outta there. Before that day, my Dad was saying I was wasting money on a winch that big and didn't need all that metal gears and sealed housing crap. Changed his mind in an instant. Now his winch is crap and mine didn't even slow very much. A true testament to metal gears. Got mine for $360 for the winch with free shipping from allterrainonline.com . Great company and fast shipping(FedEx).