Mel speaks the truth, The first "layer" of rope on your winch is where you get your torque. Think of it as a rear sprocket and adding teeth as you add layers of rope. Less torque because of the larger diameter. I had a 76 Ford F100 ranger back when rangers were full size pickups with a Warn 8000. I used it for everything from pulling logs off a log deck for firewood cutting to pulling myself out of snow ruts and never had any problems with it. Additionally, if you incorporate a snatch block and increase the number of parts in the purchase you decrease the tension on each part divided by number of parts. Example: stuck in a rut with a large tree 80 feet in front of you. Attach a snatch block to the tree, pay out your rope and lace it through the block then back to an anchor point on your vehicle. Your 8000 lb. winch is now a 16,000 lb. winch. You've doubled the pulling power. I've owned both a Ramsey and a Warn and liked them both. I am definitely not an expert on vehicle winches but having been a crane operator for 22 years I learned a little bit about how this stuff works and how to use mechanical advantage to save your bacon.Zdiver1,
There are several things to consider with this winch. The rated pull will be on the first wrap of cable on the drum, fully charged battery, and cables with the capacity to feed the electric motor. That being said, it will take a quality set of cables to get your battery power to the back of the vehicle, so my guess would be, you will rarely get full pull out of this winch. That is not all bad as it preserves the tool. Last but not least, I don't think your Tacoma will stick to the ground good enough to pull 12000lbs. In summary, that is a good price for a winch that will do anything that your Tacoma will .
Put a receiver under the front bumper and double the versability of it for both ends of the vehicle.
Peterb, if you've ever gotten that Toyota deep enough to get water in that intake pipe, I'm sure the winches came in handy.