Your luck might not have gone south up to this point, but as a conscientious driver, you cannot afford to take any risks as you might put your well-being in peril or be faced with an unpleasant situation where you have to abandon your vehicle as it is stuck and you have no tools to get yourself out of trouble with. This is one of the main reasons why a winch – preferably an electric model – is compulsory for drivers. No matter if you end up using it to get yourself out of trouble or lend a helping hand to a fellow vehicle driver, the crane is an installation you have to make.
|1. Warn 96815 VR 10-S||2. Smittybilt 98495 XRC||3. Smittybilt 97495 XRC||4. Smittybilt 97510 X20||5. Superwinch 1135220 Terra 35|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||20.8″ x 6.3″ x 9.8″||22.3″ x 5.4″ x 9.4″||22.3″ x 5.4″ x 9.4″||22.3″ x 5.4″ x 9.4″||13.4″ x 4.5″ x 4.8″|
|Weight||59 Lbs||46 Lbs||78 Lbs||99 Lbs||20 Lbs|
|Finish||Powder Coat Over Primer Undercoating||Textured Black||Textured Black||Textured Black||Powder Coat|
|Rated Line Pull||10000 Lbs||9500 Lbs||9500 Lbs||10000 Lbs||3500 Lbs|
|Fairlead Type||Hawse||Hawse||4-Way Roller||4-Way Roller||4-Way Roller|
|Motor||12V DC, Series Wound||6.6HP Series Wound||6.6HP Series Wound||6.6HP Series Wound||12V DC, 1.6HP Permanent Magnet|
|Drive Gear||3-Stage Planetary||3-Stage Planetary||3-Stage Planetary||3-Stage Planetary||3-Stage Planetary|
|Maximum Line Speed||26 FPM||32.34 FPM||32.34 FPM||31.10 FPM||22.50 FPM|
|Gear Reduction Ratio||261:1||161.28:1||161.28:1||218:1||140:1|
|Recommended Battery||650 CCA||650 CCA||650 CCA||650 CCA||N/A|
|Mounting Pattern Length||10″||10″||10″||10″||4.87″|
|Mounting Pattern Width||4.5″||4.5″||4.5″||4.5″||3″|
|Remote Control||12′ Handheld Remote Switch||12′ Lead Remote Switch||12′ Lead Remote Switch||12′ Lead Remote Switch||10′ Handheld Remote Switch|
|Brake||Automatic In-Drum||Automatic In-Drum||Automatic Out-of-Drum|
|Waterproof||IP67 Rating||IP67 Rating||IP68 Rating|
|Electrical Warranty||7 Years||3 Years||5 Years||5 Years||1 Year|
|E-Mail Support||cs @ warn.com||info @ superwinch . com|
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As you have already taken notice of, all of the tools we ranked as being the best are electric, none of our selections being hydraulic. The motivation behind this selection is that electrically powered tools are a lot more convenient to work with and they come with more features, delivering the enhanced performance you deserve and have grown to expect.
The device’s pulling capacity unveils its limitations in terms of objects it can tow. When it comes down to this rating, the bigger the capacity the better as it shows you will have no problem regardless of the pulling task you want to take up. Two of our tools received higher ratings in this department, the Warn 96815 VR 10-S and the Smittybilt 97510 X20 as they are both capable of pulling up to 10000 pounds.
The maximum line speed indicates what is the top speed at which the line retracts when it is not attached to anything. This is a direct indicator of how the line acts when it is actually attached to an object like a vehicle, for example, denoting how high is the maximum speed when carrying weight. From this point of view, two models prevailed as the best, more precisely the Smittybilt 98495 XRC and the Smittybilt 97495 XRC as they both reach a maximum line speed of 32.34 FPM.
The last spec we will talk about as it has influenced our decision-making process greatly is the line itself, more precisely the three main traits it boasts – material, length, and diameter. Each of these specifications weighs a lot in the quality and durability of the line, so it should come as no surprise that the winner when it came down to this rating was the Smittybilt 98495 XRC as it is made from synthetic material, it measures 98.5 feet in length, and 3/8 inches in diameter.
Before we get further into details and learn about the operation of this tool, let’s understand what the vehicle crane actually is. A winch is a device intended for lifting or hauling, and it is composed of a rope, a cable, or a chain wound found around a horizontal rotating drum. Another part of the tool, more precisely the crank or the motor, has the role to turn the drum along with the rope, cable, or chain attached to it. Mounted at the rear or the front end of vehicles, it helps in the towing process, thus getting you out of unpleasant situations or allowing you to help others who are in need.
The aforementioned pieces that make up the auto crane each play important roles in the hauling/lifting operation. To use the tool, you must pull out the cable wire and attach it to the object or vehicle you intend to tow. After attaching the cable, the motor of the tool must be turned on for the spool to turn and pull the cable towards your vehicle. When finishing this procedure, the item you intend to tow will come along for the ride without any issues.
There are two line variations you will inevitably stumble upon when looking for the tool – steel cables and synthetic ropes. Both have their pros and cons, so we cannot give you a clear guidance regarding what is the superior option to go with. However, we can underline the fact that although steel has been the standard-issue material for these auto tools for years as it is durable and reliable, the synthetic rope has gained a massive popularity fast as it is lighter and easier to work with, not downgrading at all when it comes to durability.
The rated line pull is the specification indicating the tool’s limitation in terms of hauling/lifting. The bigger the rating the better as it denotes you will not be faced with a hazardous situation where the winch is not capable of handling the weight of the object you want to pull. If it were to make a recommendation to even further ease your search for the ideal winching tool, it would be the Warn 96815 VR 10-S as it can pull up to 10000 pounds.
This is where your search gets even more complicated as you have to choose the right motor to ensure the electric winching device you go with will perform as expected. You will encounter two types of motors, more precisely permanent magnetic and series wound. Permanent magnetic motors are better suited for casual winchers who know they will rarely be stuck in extreme terrain or recovery situations. On the other hand, series wound motors offer the heavy-duty performance you seek if you are often stuck in these types of situations. Obviously, we recommend you invest in a model featuring a series wound motor to ensure a highly reliable performance regardless of how severe is the situation you are in.
The line speed specification shows the maximum line retraction speed when the tool is not pulling on another object. Evidently, this speed rating is the best indicator of the line’s speed when towing or pulling a vehicle or another type of object, so you must not skip on checking it if you want to make a purchase you will not end up regretting later. The faster the pulling rate is the better, and the model we strongly recommend you go with from this point of view is the Smittybilt 98495 XRC as it offers 32.34 feet per minute speed.