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.
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
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
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.