Whether you ride your ATV on the trails on the weekends or use your truck for work every day, you've probably thought about investing in a winch. If so, you may have already decided on a Warn product.
Founded by Arthur Warn in 1948, the Oregon-based company began by making locking hubs for surplus World War II Jeeps and has the distinction of developing the electric winch in 1959. Its history, quality and lifetime warranty on mechanical parts make it one of the most revered off-road brands on the market. What's the best Warn winch for you? The answer depends not only on your budget but also on your vehicle's needs.
Do you need a lightweight winch for your ATV or a heavyweight model for your steel workhorse? Do you need to pull 1,000 pounds or 10,000? In the same way that you look at product features before buying a TruXedo Lo Pro tonneau cover, consider the following features as you browse winch models:
- Load capacity
- Line speed
- Power source and efficiency
- Braking and gearing systems
Now that you've got a handle on the basics, here's a taste of some of the utility, hydraulic recovery and industrial Warn winches for sale.
1. ATV, UTV & Utility
The Warn VRX 25 Powersport Winch is a great example of a universal-fit ATV and UTV accessory that can pull 2,500 pounds with its 12V permanent magnet motor and 3/16-inch by 50-foot wire cable. With its all-metal construction and gear train, waterproof sealing, and improved clutch design, the 27-pound winch is well-suited to farm and ranch work and for recreational use. The model is also available in 3,500- and 4,500-pound capacities.
2. Hydraulic Recovery
Heavy-duty ATV and utility vehicles that need to pull huge loads or withstand extreme conditions typically require hydraulic recovery winches. The universal-fit Warn Series 6 Hydraulic Winch is ideal for tow wreckers and carriers specializing in light-duty work. The 40-pound winch can pull up to 6,000 pounds with a recommended 5/16-inch wire rope. It offers faster line speeds thanks to its hardened steel, two-stage planetary gear train.
When it comes to dealing with some of the most demanding towing or pulling scenarios, a heavyweight industrial winch is your best bet. Take the Warn Series 15DC 15000lb Industrial Winch, for example. Weighing in at 104 pounds, this electric winch features a 24V 3.8 horsepower high-torque motor that can pull up to 15,000 pounds. It also features a thermal overload switch, a disc brake, a weatherproof contactor control pack, and industrial remote control.
Are you ready to invest in the best Warn winch for your vehicle? Browse auto parts and accessories retailers today. Many retailers let you search for winches online by your vehicle year, make, model and sub-model. They also usually provide online product specifications, questions and answers, and customer reviews to help you make your winch decision. Don't forget to take advantage of special offers and sales, which give you savings that you can sink into those Fox racing shocks you've been eyeing!