Superwinch has been building winches since 1970 and in that time, we've learned a thing or two about what makes a winch last and what makes winches die. Here, we'll attempt to share our years of expertise so you can make the best winch choice for you.
It's all about the fit. If a winch doesn't fit your Jeep or Truck, well, what good is it? Here are 3 things you should know:
Now that fitment is clear, let's move on to capacity. That is, how much can that winch pull? Here's a couple of facts:
Here's where things get fun - rope choices. We offer many of our winches with either steel cable or synthetic rope. Here's what you need to know:
We're big fans of synthetic - it's what we recommend to our friends and family. A bucket of water rinse of the rope after being used in the sand or mud should be all you need to keep your rope running clean.
Some interesting facts about synthetic:
Being on the front of a daily driver or subjected to lots of water crossings, winches are out in the elements. In days of old and on lower dollar winches from Superwinch (and higher dollar winches from competitors), winches relied primarily on a few seals to protect electronics, motors, and gears. This works to a varying degree.
Superwinch was unsatisfied with the level of protection. Working with the US military potting electronics, that is, encasing the electronics in a liquid that hardens providing a completely waterproof assembly, Superwinch has built an IP69k rated electronics package in the ground-breaking EXP Series. Superwinch includes the solenoid and wireless remote receiver as well as winch health monitoring system in the potting compound offering complete protection from rain/snow/sleet.
Burning out a motor isn't an uncommon event in winching. These motors get hot when worked and until now, there wasn't a good way to tell how much your winch is working. With the EXP, Superwinch engineers placed onboard sensors monitoring amp draw and providing that information to the winch user in two very unique ways:
The result is an industry-leading notification system that alerts the user of dangerous winching. One important distinction here: our competitors will cut power until the winch gets back into design parameters - we won't We know winching can mean as much as life and death, destruction or salvage of property or sometimes you just need one more inch - either way - your winch won't give up on you - the users always has final say on pushing the winch just a little harder.
Now that you are a well-informed winch expert, take a look at these: