It happens all the time. You’ve got a posse out riding. You’re going through trails, ditches, over hills, and through mud, when the guy who always likes to show off manages to get stuck in a mud hole and breaks an axle at the same time. He winches onto the tree in front of him and he tries to reel it in.
It’s a good try but it’s not enough. The rope breaks and he sinks a little deeper in the mud. His cheap winch isn’t cutting it.
Then you roll up with your Black Ops 5000 lb winch and drag him out with ease. He’s on his own to limp home on his broken axle though.
Your winch is your lifeline. It’s your get-out-of-jail-free card for when you’re taking your machine where you shouldn’t. And you want to make sure it can get you out of any situation whether you bury it in mud, sand, quicksand, river beds, or you just can’t get over those rocks or up that hill. So let me tell you why our Black Ops Winches are the right winches for the job.
First of all, our biggest winch is a 5000 pound winch, and 5000 pounds is a lot of pounds. Do you know how much 5000 pounds is? Try this to get a sense of what we’re talking about: get yourself a a little red wagon. Did you get a wagon? Good. Now get the biggest, fattest brown bear you can find. Next put that bear onto the biggest hippo you can find, put them both on the wagon, then give that wagon a pull. Can you move them? No? Well that’s not what 5000 pounds feels like. To know what 5000 pounds feels like you’ll have to lift that wagon and its heavyweight inhabitants over your head and hold them there. Now that you’ve been crushed into dust, you’ve got a good sense of what 5000 pounds really means.
So you didn’t actually do that but you can use your imagination. 5000 pounds is more than we can really fathom with our tiny bodies. If our 5000 lb winch can’t get you out of your predicament, then nothing will.
Synthetic rope makes a HUGE difference
Now lets talk about the rope. The real key to a good winch is a good rope. Our 5000 lb winch makes use of a 6.5 mm thick 50 ft. synthetic rope. I know some of you are thinking “synthetic rope? I want steel cable!” If that’s you then you need to know what you’re missing out on. Synthetic rope is just as strong as steel cable and has many advantages over it.
The most obvious advantage is that you can handle synthetic rope with your bare hands. You don’t have to worry about your hands getting shredded by frayed steel wires. Sure, you won’t be able to use those pieces of steel wire embedded in your hand to pick any locks like in Die Hard 3, but that almost never comes in handy.
Another big advantage to synthetic is that it won’t rust. If you want a pristine steel cable, you’ll have to pamper it day in and day out, ride after ride in order to keep the scourge of rust away. You don’t have to treat synthetic rope like a princess just to keep it in working condition every time you use it.
Synthetic rope is also far more flexible and lighter than steel cable. In some situations it can be tough to manipulate your winch rope just the right way to get it hooked properly. It’s especially difficult if your winch rope is a stiff, heavy piece of metal. With synthetic rope you can expect to have a quick and easy experience every time you need to use your winch.
Synthetic rope uses a smooth aluminum hawse fairlead as opposed to a roller fairlead. This is great because it gives you fewer moving parts that can fail. As the rollers on a roller fairlead start to wear, it can also increase the wear on your steel cable. The smooth aluminum fairlead that our synthetic rope uses has no such problems.
Lastly, synthetic rope is safer. It might whip around if you do manage to break it under high tension, but you’ll walk away with maybe a bruise or a welt if you’re unlucky. If you snap a steel cable under tension, you’re probably gonna break a bone or rip some skin off. Either way your ride is over and you’ll have some new medical bills to pay on top of replacing your cable.
Inside the winch
Let’s move on to the guts of this 5000 lb. winch. We’re talking 3.4 HP with a full steel planetary gear train and a 166:1 gear ratio. That means it’s a workhorse built precisely for one job: to pull really heavy things.
That 3.4 HP motor makes use of permanent magnets. That gives you more power and uses less electricity than an induction motor would. And less electricity means less heat and greater resistance to burning out if you continually push it past its limits.
The steel planetary gears and 166:1 gear ratio are what really push the power in this winch. You can count on your gears to work day in and day out without complaining even under the toughest abuse.
We also have some quality of life features that you shouldn’t ignore. Our winches come with a standard rocker switch and a wireless remote control. The wiring harness accommodates them both by allowing you to hook up the rocker switch and remote control at the same time and use them interchangeably. That way the driver or the spotter can control the winch in any given situation.
Winches for any machine
If the 5000 lb winch isn’t for you, we’ve got other winches in our Black Ops line that will suit your fancy. If you’re riding around on an ATV, you won’t find much use in a 5000 lb winch (unless you’ve got some really crazy modifications. Send us a picture). You’d be just as well off getting our 3500 lb winch. The feature set of the 3500 lb winch is nearly identical to the 5000 lb winch with the difference being motor (3.2 HP) gear ratio (170:1) and rope thickness (6 mm).
ATVs are light enough that if you got it stuck in a deep mud pit or something, you could hook your 3500 lb winch rope to a (big) tree branch overhead and just pull yourself straight up into the air. I’m not sure what you’d do from there but at least you wouldn’t be stuck in the mud anymore. Until that branch broke anyway. For the record, don’t do that. It’s a terrible idea.
If you’re rocking a UTV that’s not quite big enough to warrant 5000 lb winch, or you don’t ride in extreme situations where you might get your machine stuck in some ridiculous way, you can save a few bucks by picking up our 4500 lb winch. That’ll get you out of most situations where you might get stuck just working on the farm, patrolling an event, maintaining your property, or just using it to get around.
All of our winches also work with our Plow Pro Snow Plows which require a winch to operate. You might not be thinking about plows in the dead of summer but you probably should think about them before it starts snowing.