Smittybilt XRC 4.0 Winch
The Smittybilt XRC 4.0 Winch is the top budget winch available because it's very lightweight at only 17 pounds. That makes this a great portable winch and a good choice if you see yourself carting it to the lake or tooling around your yard ripping out bushes. It also has a very high line pull capacity of 4,000 pounds along with 32 feet of steel cable.
This winch also has a 3-stage planetary gear system which makes the gear train more rugged and I also liked the fact it comes with a four way roller fairlead, another feature absent from comparably priced winches. Plus, roller fairleads tend to put less stress on your rope, they tend to generate less friction, and perform better overall.