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12-volt winch comparison review: Video

By Mark Allen, 04 Aug 2017 Recovery

Seven winches tested: the ultimate 12-volt winch comparison.

12 volt winch test video

EVERY off-road tourer worth its salt should be fitted with a decent winch.

A winch is a non-negotiable recovery tool in any 4x4er’s arsenal, so we’ve assembled seven top-quality 12-volt winches and put them through a stringent testing process to find a winner.

Testing 12 volt winchThe seven contenders are: Warn Zeon 10-S, Warn Magnum 10K-S, Sherpa Mustang 9500, TJM Torq Winch 9500, Thunder 9500, Bushranger Seal 9.5TH, Runva EWX 9500-Q.   

Both of the Warn winches have on-paper ratings of 10,000lb, while the rest of the field have ratings of 9500lb. The winches range in prices from $815 to $2163.

Testing and measuring 12 volt winchWatch the video to get an insight into the method, process and strategies we utilised to thoroughly (and safely) test each winch.

Which winch is best? The winch comparison can be read in its entirety – specs, stats, processes and results – by picking up a copy of 4X4 Australia’s September 2017 issue, in stores now.