Superwinch unveiled its new premium EXP winch models at SEMA last year, but in all honesty, I missed it. That’s a tragedy, too, because the interwebs are mum on much detail (including pricing, which I’m betting hasn’t been set, though I’d expect a Warn Zeon-level cost) about this cool new winch. Superwinch, though, recently shared a video by FourWheeler on their Facebook page highlighting its ground-breaking features. Check it out!
We’ve looked at high-end and mid-range winches, which leaves one final category to explore. Each of today’s winches has the quality and features Jeep enthusiasts expect, but come in at a price point under $500.
As with our previous winch reports, these economy models all feature synthetic line for its strength and added safety factor. Three of today’s four models register pull ratings of 9,500 pounds, sufficient for a two-door Jeep JK, while the lightweight of the bunch comes in at 9,000 pounds.
One final note: As the price point comes down, manufacturers must look for ways to boost efficiency while saving production cost. Such corner cutting is often revealed by withholding specifications or data points that are disclosed among higher-end products. As before, specifications that are not commonly available on the manufacturer’s website or via a search of common enthusiast retail sites and web forums are marked with a “***”. The reader can make his or her own determination how vital a missing piece of information is.
Here are the contenders:
Quadratec 9500 Stealth
Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500sr
A nice look at the Superwinch Tiger Shark series of electric winches. Watch STJ for a feature comparison among popular winches, coming soon!
Since there are so many advantages to switching from a cable winch line to a synthetic winch line, (which if you haven’t already read about you can do so HERE) it was time to upgrade our setup to run on synthetic line. Being that my formal education is in Risk Management, I did a lot of research to make sure we picked a setup that had as few weak points as possible. Our research lead us to decide on a winch designed with the unique requirements of the Dyneema rope in mind.
How can a winch be “designed for synthetic line use”?
Its simple, all you have to do is ask “What are the weaknesses of synthetic winch lines?” A little bit of research with tell you that it’s two forms of kryptonite are: Heat & Abrasion.
We can prevent one of those weaknesses from happening by choosing the right winch, and the other by careful planning…
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Scott Brady over at Expedition Portal is a fantastic source of off-road and expedition knowledge. While this winch review is a few years old now, it’s still an exceptionally written report that also yields valuable insight on winch selection and use.