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The Engo PW10000 - Winch Or Wash?

Dodge Ram With Engo Pw10000 Winch
Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted September 23, 2013

This Winch Does Both

We’re always fascinated at the ingenuity of the off-road aftermarket. An item that caught our attention recently was the PW10000 winch from Engo USA. What is unusual about this winch is that it combines a 10,000-pound capacity winch with a high-output 1,650 max psi pressure washer. Yep, you read that right, the PW10000 contains two things that wheelers need; a winch to get your rig unstuck and a pressure washer to blow off the crud. We figured it was worth a closer look.

You may remember Engo as the “Best Value” winner of our multi-winch shootout in the July ’11 issue of Four Wheeler. The company’s E9000 winch scored well in a variety of categories to earn it not only Best Value, but also a Fourth Place finish overall out of the eight competitors. Engo offers nine electric winches in capacities ranging from 2,000 to 16,000 pounds and two hydraulic winches in 9,000- and 18,000-pound capacities. The PW10000 was the brainchild of Engo President Drew Aho. “When I lived in Long Beach, Washington, it had a stretch of beach that was almost 30 miles long and was a very popular place where people dug for clams and you drove on the hard wet sand, which was saturated with salt water. After I would drive my truck on the beach, it was important to blast off the sand and salt from the vehicle, and it seemed like an economical fit to consolidate a pressure washer into a winch,” Aho says.

Step By Step

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We had the chance to install and test the PW10000 on a pickup truck (a ’96 Dodge Ram 3500) that is used on a farm near our Midwest Bureau in Illinois. This was no glamour detail. The truck is never garaged so the winch was exposed to the elements. The winch was used to tug a variety of things, sometimes in nasty conditions. The pressure washer was used to clean everything from tractors to skid loaders to the truck it was attached to. Speaking of attaching it to our truck, we wanted the ability to mount the winch to either the factory rear receiver hitch or on the front of the truck, so Engo included it’s winch cradle that simply slides into a standard 2-inch hitch receiver. On the front of the truck, we installed a Cequent Performance Products Draw-Tite front mount receiver. Draw-Tite offers a wide range of frame-mounted receivers that are custom-built for manufacturer and model year. Naturally, we needed to get 12-volt power to the front and rear of the truck to power the winch, so we contacted Wrangler Power Products. We outlined what we were doing, provided measurements from the battery to each attachment point, and the company put together a custom wiring system for us.

The entire collection of products was installed by Matt Dinelli, the owner of Attitude Performance in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Dinelli has been turning wrenches since he was old enough to hold a wrench and he has owned his shop for 18 years. Attitude sells a wide range of aftermarket products and the company can install what you buy. Further, the company also does custom builds. Dinelli had all of our products installed in just a couple of hours.

Read on to learn what was installed, how it all went together, and how it works.

At A Glance
Model: Engo PW10000
Rated line pull (lb): 10,000
Motor: 5.6hp, series-wound
Gearing: Three-stage planetary
Gear ratio: 265.2:1
Brake: Automatic load-holding
Cutch: Free-spooling
Cable: 85 ft, 3 in x 23/64 in
Net weight (lb): 95
LxWxH (in): 22.7x7.32x9.21
Drum size (in): 2.5x8.8
Mounting bolt pattern (in): 10x4.5
Max pressure (lb): 1,650
Min pressure (lb): 1,000
Water flow (gph): 79-84
Motor: 120 amps with pressure

Step By Step

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  • The Engo PW10000 ($469.99 at press time) comes with all the accessories you expect of a modern winch, as well as some you normally don’t see, like a spray gun, water hoses, and fittings. We also installed Engo’s winch cradle so we could use the winch on either end of our truck.

  • This is the wiring we received from Wrangler Power Products. The major components include 2-gauge multi-strand copper welding cable coated in flexible, cut-resistant neoprene; 175-amp connectors with Red Lexan connector housings; military-style lead battery terminals; and shrink tubes. The components we ordered had a price at time of print of approximately $250 including shipping. If you want to duplicate this setup, the price will vary depending on the length of your 4x4. It’s critical to ensure that you measure correctly so that you don’t order cables that are too short or overly long. Take into consideration exactly how the cables will be routed.

  • The Draw-Tite front mount receiver (approximately $225 street price at time of print) came with everything needed to complete the install. Our application (part number 650032) used existing factory holes, so there was no drilling involved. The rear of the hitch mounted between the sway bar brackets and the truck frame with new hardware, while the front of the hitch was fastened in bumper mounting holes with new hardware. The only modification we had to make was to notch out a very small portion of the front license plate mount to provide clearance for the receiver.

  • It only took a few minutes to mount the winch and roller fairlead to the winch cradle using the included hardware.

  • To install the connectors onto the winch cables, Dinelli began by soldering the terminal ends onto each cable. The terminal ends can also be crimped.

  • With the shrink tubes in position, the terminal ends were snapped into position in the connector.

  • Our Dodge is diesel-powered and we chose to make the winch connections to the passenger-side battery. We elected to swap on new military-style battery terminals that offer larger connection points (you can see the new terminals mounted to the battery in this photo). Dinelli lopped off both factory battery terminals and installed new eyelet terminals on the factory battery cables. Each one of these eyelet terminals use a compression nut for a solid connection.

  • The vehicle lift at Attitude Performance made routing the power cables to the front and rear of the truck very easy. Dinelli made sure to route the cables away from heat sources and moving parts. He also tucked them up inside the framerails so they wouldn’t snag on obstacles off-road. Pictured here is the front connector, which was bolted to the hard plastic inside the front bumper. This location is surprisingly strong and we’ve had no trouble with loosening or cracking even after repeatedly removing the connector. The rear connector was mounted to the bottom of the rear bumper near the trailer hitch. The connector was placed close to the hitch to offer it some degree of protection.

  • With the cables routed to each end of the truck, the connections to the battery followed. Here’s how the military-style terminals looked with all of the wiring bolted on. If we need to add more cables we can simply install a longer bolt.

  • Here’s the completed PW10000 winch assembly wired in and mounted on the front of the truck.

How It Works
Turns out, having a pressure washer on our truck has proven to be quite handy. The spray gun attaches quickly and we keep a quick connector on our garden hose and on the pressure washer inlet connection so getting pressurized water to the PW10000 takes mere seconds. As a bonus, the PW10000 can act as a sump and draw standing water. We’ve drawn water from a pond and even a container. In the end, we use the PW10000 quite often because it’s easier and quicker to use than our electric pressure washer. Another benefit to having a pressure washer mounted on the truck is that it’s easy to get mud and slime off our 4x4, even in the field, before it dries and becomes stubborn. It’s also worth noting that the output of the PW10000’s pressure washer is almost identical to the output of our electric unit that we bought at a home improvement store.

Aside from keeping our truck clean, we’ve found that there are other practical applications to having a pressure washer attached to your 4x4. Have you ever broken something on your rig on the trail or job site and the area you have to work on is covered in muck? With the PW10000 and a container of water, or access to a pond or a stream, you’ll be able to clean off the area before you start wrenching. The same goes for getting crud off dirt bikes, ATVs, or UTVs.

At its core, the PW10000 is a winch, and we’ve had no problems with it in that capacity so far. The hand-held remote is simple and easy to use, the winch engagement knob is large and easy to grip, noise during use is on par with other winches of its size, and speed is average. Like the Engo E9000 that we previously tested, we are impressed at how easy the PW10000’s drum free-spools when the clutch is disengaged. We did manage to crack the plastic plug on the winch for the hand-held remote (it still works), but that could’ve been operator error. We’re going to replace it and see if it breaks again.

Finally, we’re big fans of being able to mount the winch on either end of the truck and we’re very pleased with our winch cradle setup as well as the 12-volt power at each end of our 4x4. Sometimes a winch needs to be on the front and sometimes it needs to be on the back and with this setup we can quickly place the winch where we need it for recovery or pressure washing. As a bonus, we can remove it if we have a road trip planned.

So far so good with the PW10000.


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Attitude Performance
Arlington Heights, IL
ENGO Industries
Wrangler Power Products