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Massive Winch Buyer's Guide

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Massive Winch Buyer's Guide

There comes a time in every wheeler's life when he must make that all-important plunge into winch ownership. But how do you know which winch is for you? There are so many brands and models available with all sorts of options and widgets that it gets confusing very fast.

Life is about to get a little simpler. We have compiled one of the greatest winch buyer's guides known to man. By using this guide you will be able to quickly compare stats on some of the top brands and models today.

A quick note before you set off to compare winches. This guide is meant to be only that, a guide, not the end-all, be-all of winch information. Some brands are missing data that others have. Why? It simply wasn't available at press time. Due to fluctuating prices we have also chosen to leave prices off; you will have to look them up on your own. And lastly, choose wisely. A winch's quality is not always evident by its stats. This is not an area you want to go cheap on.

MANUFACTURER (CONTACT INFO) MODEL DESCRIPTION PART NUMBER RATED LINE PULL (LB) MOTOR CONTROL GEAR TRAIN GEAR RATIO CLUTCH BRAKE WIRE ROPE (DIAXLENGTH, INXFT) DRUM (DIAXLENGTH, INXIN) BATTERY LEADS (GAUGEXFT) OVERALL DIMENSIONS (LXWXH, IN) MOUNTING BOLT PATTERN (IN) WEIGHT (LB) WARRANTY LINE PULL (LB) LINE SPEED (FT/MIN) CURRENT (A)
BLACK MOUNTAIN www.blackmountainsuspension.com 972.941.0640 8,000-pound BM8000S 8,000 12V DC 1.8hp permanent magnet N/A N/A 210:1 N/A N/A 5/16x95 2.5x9 N/A 20.9x7.1x6.9 N/A 68.3 N/A 0 13.0 50
2,000 11.0 100
4,000 9.0 180
6,000 6.0 230
8,000 4.3 350
BULLDOG WINCHES www.bulldogwinch.com 623.581.0121 6,000-pound Truck Winch 10004 6,000 12V DC 1.87hp permanent magnet Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 307:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 9/32x85 2.5x5.26 2x6 16.9x6.3x8.6 6.5x4.5 52.8 1 year limited 0 10.0 30
2,000 7.5 120
4,000 4.9 210
6,000 2.9 320
9,500-pound Truck Winch 10002 9,500 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 265:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 21/64x100 2.5x8.8 1x6 21.7x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 84 1 year limited 0 24.6 80
2,000 14.4 180
4,000 10.6 240
6,000 8.5 280
8,000 7.0 330
9,500 6.4 380
12,000-pound Truck Winch 10003 12,000 12V DC 6.0hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 265:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 3/8x90 2.5x8.8 1x6 21.7x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 90 1 year limited 0 21.3 65
2,000 11.5 126
4,000 9.4 175
6,000 7.9 230
8,000 6.5 280
10,000 5.8 355
12,000 4.4 400
CHICAGO ELECTRIC www.harborfreight.com 800.388.3000 8,000-pound 40764-4VGA 8,000 12V DC 4.1hp Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 210:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 5/16x95 2.5 N/A 21.9x6x6.8 1-x4.5 106 N/A 0 13.0 N/A
2,000 11.0
6,000 6.0
8,000 4.5
10,000-pound 91905-1VGA 10,000 12V DC 4.8hp Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 294:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 3/8x100 2.64 N/A 21.9x6.6.8 10x4.5 84 N/A 2,000 6.56 N/A
4,000 6.23
6,000 4.92
8,000 4.26
10,000 3.28

GORILLA www.gorillawinches.com 888.657.9997 8,000-pound Silverback Series N/A 8,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead and 2-button wireless remote 3-stage planetary 265:1 Sliding ring gear Automatic load hold 5/16x87 2.5x8.8 2x72 21.3x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 83 1 year N/A N/A N/A
8,000-pound Midnight Series N/A 8,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 235:1 Sliding ring gear Automatic load hold 5/16x87 2.5x8.8 2x72 21.3x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 83 1 year N/A N/A N/A

10,000-pound Silverback Series N/A 10,000 12V DC 5.8hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead and 2-button wireless remote 3-stage planetary 265.2:1 Sliding ring gear Automatic load hold 9/25x87 2.52x8.82 2x72 21.3x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 88 1 year N/A N/A N/A
10,000-pound Midnight Series N/A 10,000 12V DC 5.8hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 265.2:1 Sliding ring gear Automatic load hold 9/25x87 2.52x8.82 2x72 21.3x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 88 1 year N/A N/A N/A
12,000-pound Silverback Series N/A 12,000 12V DC 6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead and 2-button wireless remote 3-stage planetary 265.2:1 Sliding ring gear Automatic load hold 3/8x87 2.52x8.82 2x72 21.3x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 88 1 year N/A N/A N/A

12,000-pound Midnight Series N/A 12,000 12V DC 6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 265.2:1 Sliding ring gear Automatic load hold 3/8x87 2.52x8.82 2x72 21.3x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 88 1 year N/A N/A N/A
MILE MARKER www.milemarker.com 800.866.8647 8,000-pound PEC8 77-50140 8,000 12V DC 4.0hp permanent magnet 12ft illuminated joystick remote 3-stage planetary 212:1 N/A Automatic load hold 5/16x100 2.5x9 N/A 21.5x6.25x8 10x4.5 81 N/A 0 13.0 35
2,000 11.0 80
4,000 9.0 160
6,000 6.0 230
8,000 5.0 290

9,500-pound SEC9.5 76-50246 9,500 12V DC 4.6hp series wound 12ft illuminated joystick remote 3-stage planetary 212:1 N/A Automatic load hold 3/8x100 2.5x9 N/A 22.25x6.25x8 10x4.5 92 N/A 0 25.7 85
2,000 15.1 150
4,000 10.5 210
6,000 7.9 270
8,000 5.9 320
9,500 4.3 375

12,000-pound SEC12 76-50251 12,000 12V DC 4.8hp series wound 12ft illuminated joystick remote 3-stage planetary 296:1 N/A Automatic load hold 3/8x100 2.5x9 N/A 22.25x6.25x8 10x4.5 92 N/A 0 23.0 90
2,000 12.8 145
4,000 9.7 185
6,000 7.9 230
8,000 7.1 270
10,000 5.1 315
12,000 4.5 370

9,500-pound SI9500 76-50147 9,500 12V DC 4.6hp series wound 12ft illuminated joystick remote 3-stage planetary 212:1 N/A Automatic load hold 3/8x100 2.5x9 N/A 22.25x6.25x8 10x4.5 92 N/A 0 25.7 85
2,000 15.1 150
4,000 10.5 210
6,000 7.9 270
8,000 5.9 320
9,500 4.3 375
8,000-pound VMX8 76-72140 8,000 12V DC 4.0hp permanent magnet 12ft infinite-speed joystick remote 3-stage planetary 212:1 N/A Automatic load hold 5/16x100 2.5x9 N/A 21.5x6.25x8 10x4.5 81 N/A 0 13.0 35
2,000 11.0 80
4,000 9.0 160
6,000 6.0 230
8,000 5.0 290

12,000-pound VSX12 76-72151 12,000 12V DC 4.8hp series wound 12ft infinite-speed joystick remote 3-stage planetary 296:1 N/A Automatic load hold 3/8x100 2.5x9 N/A 22.25x6.25x8 10x4.5 92 N/A 0 23.0 90
2,000 12.8 145
4,000 9.7 185
6,000 7.9 230
8,000 7.1 270
10,000 5.1 315
12,000 4.5 370

RAMSEY www.ramsey.com 918.438.2760 6,000-pound Patriot 6000 N/A 6,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead or wireless 3-stage planetary 90:1 Cam Action freespooling Automatic load hold 1/4x100 2.5x9 2x6 22.6x6.12x9.94 10x4.5 84 Limited lifetime. Made in the USA. 0 45.0 100
3,000 20.0 270
5,000 14.0 350
6,000 12.0 405
8,000-pound Patriot 8000 N/A 8,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead or wireless 3-stage planetary 126:1 Cam Action freespooling Automatic load hold 5/16x95 2.5x9 2x6 22.6x6.12x9.94 10x4.5 91 Limited lifetime. Made in the USA. 0 35.0 95
2,000 18.0 210
4,000 13.0 270
6,000 10.0 355
8,000 8.0 420

9,500-pound Patriot Profile 9500 N/A 9,500 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead or wireless 3-stage planetary 138:1 Cam Action freespooling Automatic load hold 5/16x105 2.5x9 2x6 22.6x6.12x6.1 10x4.5 92 Limited lifetime. Made in the USA. 0 35.4 97
2,000 16.7 180
4,000 12.7 260
6,000 10.6 335
8,000 9.0 395
9,500 7.8 430

12,000-pound Patriot Profile 12000 N/A 12,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead or wireless 3-stage planetary 194:1 Cam Action freespooling Automatic load hold 3/8x125 3x9 2x6 22.4x7.8x8.9 10x4.5 112 Limited lifetime. Made in the USA. 0 35.4 97
2,000 16.7 180
4,000 12.7 260
6,000 10.6 335
8,000 9.0 395
9,500 7.8 430

8,500-pound REP 8.5E N/A 8,500 N/A Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 294:1 Cam Action freespooling Automatic load hold 5/16x95 2.5x9 4x5 22.4x6.13x7.45 10x4.5 73 Limited lifetime. Made in the USA. 0 15.0 40
2,000 12.0 110
4,000 10.0 170
6,000 8.0 230
8,000 6.0 310
8,500 4.5 335

9,500-pound Patriot 9500 UT N/A 9,500 12V DC 5.5hp series wound Wireless remote 3-stage planetary 138:1 Semi- automatic N/A 5/16x105 2.5x9 N/A 22.66x6.12x9.94 10x4.5 93 Limited lifetime. Made in the USA. 0 35.4 97
2,000 19.7 180
4,000 12.7 260
6,000 10.6 335
8,000 9.0 395
9,500 7.8 430
SMITTYBILT www.smittybilt.com 888.717.5797 8,000-pound XRC-8 97281 8,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound N/A 3-stage planetary 172.8:1 N/A N/A 5/16x92 2.5x9 N/A 21.6x6.22x7.28 10x4.5 94 Limited life mech, 1 year electrical N/A N/A N/A

10,000-pound XRC-10 97281 10,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound N/A 3-stage planetary 218:1 N/A N/A 23/64x94 2.5x8.8 N/A 21.15x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 94 Limited life mech, 1 year electrical N/A N/A N/A
10,000-pound XRC-10-HD 99210 10,000 12V DC 5.5hp series wound N/A 3-stage planetary 148.2:1 N/A N/A 23/64x94 2.5x8.8 N/A 21.46x7.48x11.61 10x4.5 110 Limited life mech, 1 year electrical N/A N/A N/A
12,000-pound XRC-12 97212 12,000 12V DC 6.6hp series wound N/A 3-stage planetary 265:1 N/A N/A N/Ax94 2.52x8.82 N/A 21.15x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 94 Limited life mech, 1 year electrical N/A N/A N/A

SUPERWINCH www.superwinch.com 860.928.7787 8,500-pound LP8500 1585202 8,500 12V DC 4.5hp series wound Remote, handheld w/15ft lead 3-stage planetary 235:1 Freespooling Mechanical 5/16x94 2.5x8.8 N/A 21x6.3x8.6 10x4.5 76 2 year limited 0 18.0 84
2,500 9.8 156
4,500 7.5 215
6,500 6.0 270
8,500 3.5 320

6,000-pound EP6.0 06032 6,000 12V DC 3.6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 156:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 21/64x100 2.5x9 N/A 22.36x6.26x7.13 10x4.5 104 2 year limited 0 58.8 44
2,000 23.0 102
4,000 13.0 210
6,000 10.0 264
9,000-pound EPI9.0 09034 9,000 12V DC 4.6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 156:1 Freespooling Automatic load hold 21/64x100 2.5x9 N/A 23.35x6.26x7.13 N/A 114 2 year limited 0 47.1 33
2,000 14.0 110
4,000 11.0 200
6,000 9.0 230
9,000 6.4 350

9,000-pound S9000 1917 9,000 12V DC 4.2hp series wound Remote, handheld w/15ft lead Differential planetary 253:1 Freespooling, 1/4-turn activation Automatic load hold 5/16x100 2.5x9 N/A 23.56x6.75x9.56 10x4.5 95 2 year limited 0 32.0 73
2,000 13.8 165
4,000 9.0 240
6,000 6.0 316
9,000 2.5 420
10,000-pound Husky 10 2404 10,000 12V DC 4.2hp series wound Remote, handheld w/15ft lead Worm drive 294:1 Freespooling N/A 3/8x90 3x9 N/A 24.69x9.75x8.88 10x4.5 113 2 year limited 0 22.6 62
2,000 9.6 138
4,000 6.3 205
6,000 4.0 278
8,000 2.5 340
10,000 1.5 450

9,000-pound X9 1901 9,000 12V DC 4.2hp series wound Remote, handheld w/15ft lead Differential planetary 253:1 Freespooling, 1/4-turn activation Automatic load hold 5/16x100 2.5x9 N/A 22.88x6.75x6.63 10x4.5 82 2 year limited 0 32.0 73
2,000 13.8 165
4,000 9.0 240
6,000 6.0 316
9,000 2.5 420
WARN www.warn.com 800.543.9276 9,500-pound 9500TI Thermometric 67550 9,500 12V DC Gen II series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 156:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 5/16x125 2.5x9 2x6 23.1x6.3x10 10x4.5 89 Limited lifetime 0 62.0 47
2,000 16.3 160
4,000 11.8 230
6,000 9.3 305
8,000 7.59 370
9,500 6.67 425
12,000-pound Powerplant Dual Force HD 71801 12,000 12V DC 4.6hp Gen II series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 261:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 3/8x80 2.5x9 2x6 24.31x6.7x13.46 10x4.5 115 Limited lifetime 0 20.5 89
2,000 11.7 153
4,000 8.6 207
6,000 6.7 265
8,000 5.4 318
9,500 4.4 370
12,000 3.6 416

12,000-pound M12000 17801 12,000 12V DC 4.6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 261:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 3/8x125 3.5x8.2 2x6 24.37x8.47x11 10x4.5 136 Limited lifetime 0 31.94 24
2,000 11.7 105
4,000 9.5 129
6,000 8.5 152
8,000 7.5 175
10,000 6.5 198
12,000 6.0 221

6,000-pound M6000 45880 6,000 12V DC 4.8hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 156:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 5/16x80 2.5x9 2x6 21.04x6.3x7.6 10x4.5 74 Limited lifetime 0 48.5 46
2,000 23.7 121
4,000 12.9 185
6,000 10.0 249
9,000-pound XD9000 28500 9,000 12V DC 4.6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 156:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 5/16x100 2.5x9 2x6 21.8x6.3x7.6 10x4.5 78 Limited lifetime 0 22.5 70
2,000 14.4 180
4,000 11.0 255
6,000 8.67 330
9,000 6.38 460

8,000-pound M8274-50 338631 8,000 12V DC 4.6hp series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead Spur gear 134:1 Freespooling, sliding motor pinion gear Automatic/ disc type 5/16x150 3.5x8.5 2x6 16.5x8.5x15 10x4.5 110 Limited lifetime 0 73.4 55
2,000 22.0 190
4,000 12.0 275
6,000 9.5 350
8,000 6.1 450
9,000-pound Tabor 9K 900560 9,000 12V DC Gen II series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 216:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 5/16x100 2.5x9 2x6 20.8x6.3x6.4 10x4.5 89 Limited lifetime 0 29.5 71
2,000 13.7 185
4,000 9.5 277
6,000 6.8 372
9,000 4.5 508

12,000-pound Tabor 12K 812000 12,000 12V DC series wound Remote, handheld w/12ft lead 3-stage planetary 261:1 Freespooling, sliding ring gear Automatic direct-drive cone 3/8x80 2.5x9 2x6 20.8x6.3x6.4 10x4.5 89 Limited lifetime 0 24.4 73
2,000 12.6 168
4,000 9.2 245
6,000 6.7 328
8,000 4.9 405
9,500 3.8 475
12,000 3.3 549

Still CAN'T get enough winches? Even with all these pages, we couldn't come close to listing all the winches available today. Head over to 4wheeloffroad.com for even more winch goodness.

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