It happens all the time. You’ve got a posse out riding. You’re going through trails, across ditches, and over hills when the guy who always likes to show off manages to get stuck in a mud hole and break an axle at the same time. He winches onto the tree in front of him and 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 SuperATV Black Ops Winch and drag him out with ease. (It’s up to that guy to find his way home on that broken axle, though.)
Your winch is your lifeline. It’s your “get out of jail free” card for when you take your machine to places you shouldn’t. And you want to make sure it can get you out of any situation, whether you bury it in mud, sand, or river beds. Or maybe you’re not stuck, and you just can’t quite get over those rocks or up that hill. There are plenty of UTV winch brands on the market, so allow us to tell you why Black Ops is the best choice for any job.
Our Black Ops Winches can tow 2500, 3500, 4500, or 6000 pounds. That’s a lot. Do you know how much 6000 pounds is?
Here’s an exercise to give you a sense of what we’re talking about: Imagine yourself buying a little red wagon. Did you get a wagon? Good. Now put a full-grown adult black rhino in that wagon. Then put two adult male grizzly bears on top of that rhino. Finally, give the wagon a pull. Can you move them? Our guess is probably not. And that’s just barely a taste of what 6000 pounds feels like.
To really know what 6000 pounds feels like, you’d have to lift that wagon and its heavyweight occupants over your head and hold them there for a few seconds. Now that you’ve been crushed into dust, you have a pretty good sense of how heavy 6000 pounds really is.
This much weight is more than we can fathom towing with our frail human bodies. But it’s nothing up against a SuperATV winch. Whether you’re pulling 2500 pounds or 6000, we’ve got you covered. If a Black Ops can’t get you out of your predicament, nothing will.
Now let’s talk about the rope. The real key to a good winch is a quality rope. All of our Black Ops Winches make use of a 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 rust away. You don’t have to treat synthetic rope like a princess just to keep it in working condition.
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.
Let’s move on to the guts of our winches. We’re talking impressive horsepower with a full-steel planetary gear train. The 2500, 3500, and 4500 lb. winches have a 166:1 gear radio and the 6000 lb. winch has a 266:1 gear ratio. A Black Ops Winch is a workhorse built precisely for one job: to pull really heavy things.
Black Ops Winch motors range from 1 HP (for the 2500 lb. winch) to 1.9 HP (for the 6000 lb. winch). Our motors use permanent magnets, which give you more power and use 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 impressive 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.
No matter how you ride, we’ve got a winch in our Black Ops line that will suit your fancy. For light-duty ATV purposes, our 2500 lb. winch offers all the strength you need to pull yourself out of any situation and get back on the trails.
For serious ATV riders, you’ll most likely find more than enough pulling power in our 3500 lb. winch (unless you’ve got some really crazy modifications, in which case, send us some photos of that). ATVs are light enough that if you got it stuck in a deep mud pit, you could hook your winch rope to a (big) tree branch overhead and just pull yourself straight up into the air. I’m not sure where you’d go from there, but at least you wouldn’t be stuck in the mud anymore! (Until that branch broke, that is. For the record, don’t try this. It’s a terrible idea.)
If you’re rocking a UTV that’s not quite big enough to warrant our biggest, strongest winch, or if you just don’t ride in extreme situations where you might get your machine stuck in some ridiculous way, you can save a few bucks by opting for our 4500 lb. winch. This one will get you out of most situations where you might get stuck working on the farm, patrolling an event, maintaining your property, or just riding casually.
Then, of course, if you are the kind of rider who regularly finds yourself in some crazy situations, it sounds like our 6000 lb. winch is the way to go. Remember—this UTV winch has the power to pull a pair of full-grown grizzlies and a rhinoceros at the same time. If that isn’t strong enough for you, nothing is.
Want more info? We’ve put together a handy Black Ops Winch FAQ to answer all of your burning winch-related questions.