I just recently bought a winch. I did a LOT of looking and researching. I was on a fixed budget so running out and buying the top of the line Warn was out of the question.
I had the following criteria:
-Less than $1000 for winch, synthetic rope, and fairlead; though I was aiming even lower
-Single contactor, aka Albright solenoid
-Decent line speed
-On the low side for Amp draw
-No intergrated solenoid permanently fixed on top of the winch
-No behemoth winches, some measure close to 26" wide!
These criteria helped wittle down my selection considerably yet it also made it more difficult to find one, if that makes sense. I was not against buying used. I was reading a lot on how the Superwinch EP9.0 was a great winch and how the Talon has pretty much replaced it. Finding a EP9.0 used was impossible and the Talon was too much after adding synthetic line.
The problem I ran into with most used winches was that they didn't have an Albright solenoid, synthetic line, or a hawse fairlead. So I was having to spend another $400+ to add those things myself. Most used winches were going for too much to make that an economical option.
Enter the Viking GS-9. I stumbled upon this while looking for winchline. When I read the specs and looked at the pics it appears that the GS-9 is a rebadged and modified Superwinch EP9.0.
I found the GS-9 on Ebay from Viking and got it sans line for $509 shipped, new.
I bought 3/8"x85' Master-Pull winchline with a tube thimble on Amazon for $230 shipped.
I splurged on a new Rokmen Big Hawse fairlead for about $80 shipped.
I sold the Viking fairlead that came with my winch for a profit of $45.
So all told I'm into the whole set up, brand new, for $775.
I had the chance to used the winch on Saturday a couple times and it pulled GREAT. I'm extremely pleased with the set up.
So take a look at the Viking GS-9.
Otherwise Ebay and Craigslist are good sources for used winches.