ATV Winch Guide 2020

What’s the most essential piece of equipment you can have on your ATV?  


Chances are, you answered a winch: and you’d be absolutely right. Whether you use your quad for work or play, you can’t afford to be in the great outdoors without a robust and reliable winch. Nothing else has quite the same power, performance and capability to get you out of tough spots out in the field or on backcountry terrain. That was an easy question, but now here’s the hard part: Which winch do you buy? This quick guide to the best ATV winches 2020 should help you sort out your options.

Warn AXON Series: Strong and Capable

Warn Industries has a solid reputation for producing powerful, innovative winches for off-roading vehicles. For decades, off-roaders have counted on Warn winches for towing, recovery and moving over extreme terrain. Several ATV Warn winches offer dependable performance, but AXON series models continually receive top ratings. Available in 3500-, 4500- and 5500-pound capacities, Warn AXON winches are ideal for both ATVs and UTVs. Each model also comes in both steel wire and synthetic rope versions.

Warn VRX Winches: Fast and Efficient

Next, there are the Warn VRX Series winches. They’re also top-rated performers like the AXON models but with a bonus: they incorporate the brand’s Vantage/Provantage technology. With their durable and powerful permanent magnet motors, these winches offer faster line speeds. Add integrated load-holding brakes plus easy-turn clutch dials and you get convenient operation and improved proficiency. The VRX winches also meet IP68 waterproof standards, are available in 2500-, 3500- and 4500-pound capacities and come in both steel and synthetic rope options.

Steel Cable Vs. Synthetic Rope

You’ve noticed that these and other ATV winches come in both steel and synthetic rope editions, but which one is right for your ATV adventures? Short answer: It depends. Warn uses Spydura, crafted from ultra-high molecular polyethylene, in its synthetic rope winches. Riders who frequently use their winches in recovery situations may want to choose synthetic rope because it’s lightweight and can be easily handled. On the other hand, steel rope is a great choice for both recovery and utility work. It’s heavier than synthetic rope, but it’s also more abrasion-resistant, less prone to UV damage and not as likely to fray. The bottom line: Select whichever version best meets your needs and don’t forget to wear heavy gloves when operating your winch.

Choose a Reputable Powersports Dealer

Warn ATV and UTV winches are certainly not the only models on the market, but they’re frequently chosen for their strength, durability and reliability. As a smart rider, you already know that shopping around gives you a better idea about price ranges, quality and features among different models. Your goal should be to balance value and performance, not buying based on price alone. Once you’ve compared possibilities, your next step is buying your new winch from a trusted powersports parts and accessories dealer. Some key things to look for include: multiple shipping options, a convenient returns policy and high ratings from consumer organizations like the Better Business Bureau.

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