On a Suburban Excursion
I have had excellent service from Warn for replacement parts!Not sure the ongoing status of Superwinch since their Westin buyout but Warn and Ramsey are pretty good about replacement parts to rebuild them, too. Summit Racing stocks a lot of spares for both brands, for example.
Sometimes it's just a wiring issue that takes them out. Replacing the control pack and remote can be costly (about $350 from Warn IIRC) but that stuff should really be upgraded if you're going Chinese anyway...Why not buy a used Warn, Superwinch or Ramsey? You should be able to find one for about the same or a small difference more than one of the cheap China winches. They are readily available used, easy to find and most have not seen a lot of use.
PTO's can be downright dangerous in the wrong hands. The only time a PTO is advantageous in my opinion is if you're going to be working it all day long. If you're trying to skid trees or something maybe it's a good idea. A PTO winch will usually pull until something breaks.Op, if you truly want the best try to incorporate a PTO, but, you will still have to maintain it.
A friend of mine has a PTO on the front of his one ton Dodge, it doesn't see much use. The last time he used it was an accidental engagement. It popped the hook right off the cable sitting at a red light. Sure did make a funny noise that loose cable end spinning around slapping stuff.
Just a side note about the Chinese winches - some of them come with a circuit breaker that attaches to the battery at the positive cable. That little joker will short the voltage to the motor and cause it to prematurely fail. Throw it away and run the positive cable direct to the battery just like a "real" winch...