Bigger is always better, right? Of course it is. And it is with that reasoning that Warn introduced its new M15,000 winch. The M15well use that shorthand designation when referring to this beastuses a 4.6hp motor and a 315:1 gear ratio to pull 15,000 pounds of whatever it is thats stuck. Other features of the M15 include 90 feet of 7/16-inch wire rope, a larger hook, a roller fairlead, and a remote control unit on a 12-foot cable. Line pull speed at full load is 2.4 feet per minute. This might sound a bit slow, but it sure is a lot quicker than using a shovel.
So who the heck would ever need a winch capable of pulling 15,000 pounds? If you wheel a fullsize truck wearing heavy equipment such as big axles and large tires, then you can exceed the capacity of a 12,000-pound winch. We like to have a winch that is capable of pulling around twice the weight of the vehicle; the Super Duty Crew Cab we installed our M15 on weighs in at 6,500 pounds. Slather that same vehicle in mud and add some cargo, then get it real stuck, and it would be easy to see a 12,000-pound winch being taxed. And thats why M15 was built.
To mount the M15,000 winch on our Super Duty, we choose the Trans4mer winch mounting system from Warn. It features a grille guard, optional brush guards, and a winch cradle specifically built to take the power of the M15. Best of all, installation is a simple bolt-on procedure, as the system mounts to the factory front bumper. Working at a very leisurely pace, installation of both the winch and Trans4mer took about two hours. Heres how it went.