That's great feedback on the VR line. Care to pm me some prices? I'm looking at the standard cable models due to cost.
What would you pick, and why?
Between those two, I would choose the M8000. In fact, I did choose the M8000 back when I bought my winch.
Compared to the Standard Duty models, the Premium Series received numerous upgraded internal components and improved water resistance... and compared to the Premium Series, the Ultimate Performance models were upgraded further still.
I considered the VR10000 for a brief moment; after all, it has more peak capacity for a similar price, right? However, I quickly decided I would rather have the upgraded hardware and increased durability of the Premium Series. For under $600, I felt the M8000 was an extremely good value.
I still feel this way today. For anyone shopping for a winch on a tight budget, I always suggest the M8000.