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Electric Boat Trailer Winch Reviews

Electric boat winch

"This winch handles my 2007 Pro-line 240 SS easily."
- A. Slania

Need a hand getting your boat loaded on the trailer? An electric boat winch can do the job. Take a look at the electric winch reviews below for the 10,500 lb Electric Marine Boat Trailer Winch with corded remote control and backup hand crank.

“Great winch! This winch handles my 2007 Pro-line 240 SS easily. It comes with wire and connectors, but I used my own rig with a 50 amp circuit breaker on the truck. Great price for the power and very sturdy.”
- A. Slania (Ohio)

“Well I used this with an 8k snatch block and pulled a rolling 2000 Explorer up and onto a 36′ trailer. Ramps and all made it about 44′ and up an incline. Back of trailer sat about 30″ off ground. I used a jump box to provide the power, which may not have given it enough amps to pull properly, as it was real slow. Took about a minute a foot under load with portable jump box.”
- “F250truckdriver”

ATV Forum Reviews on the ProMark ATV Winch

Winching out

Winching out a UTV

When our noses start to itch, we know people are talking about us on the forums. Here are just a few tidbits of what we’ve been hearing lately:

From the RhinoTalk.net Forum:

Question:
“Does anybody have any knowledge of these winches? They used to be Gorilla Winches. They look good and have a real good price. Just trying to find some folks that have used them.”

Responses:
“I’ve got a Gorilla winch on my Rhino and have NOT had trouble with it. It seems to be very sturdy built. I don’t use it a lot or very hard but it has done me a good job so far. I feel they are definitely worth the price.”
- “Gdawg”

“I have used the ProMark Outback 4500 pound winch a few times and it works great. It is very smooth and powerful. I used the plug in rocker switch as well. I would give it a strong look.”
- Don

From PolarisATVForums.com

2500 lb winch with synthetic rope

2500 lb winch with synthetic rope

Question:
“Anyone ever use a ProMark winch?”
- “kybagger” from Kentucky

Response:
“Hey kybagger, I have a ProMark 2500 winch with synthetic rope and I love it; I’ve pulled a few of my friends out of mud and snow and it will actually pull my sporty 500 if I’m not careful. For the price I paid I think it’s worth it even if it lasts a few years. But it’s got plenty of power and runs pretty flawlessly.

Good luck with your purchase.”
- “LiftedxChevy” from Massachusetts

From HondaATVForums.net:

Question:
“I have a 2010 Rancher 4x4es and was wondering what everybody thinks of these winches [ProMark 2000 lb XT Series]. Thinking about putting 1 of these on.”
- “FordTech90″ from Louisiana

Response:
“I have a 3000# Gorilla and it will out pull the Warn all day long. You sure can tell the power difference! I did not care for the synthetic line at all so went with steel. The only reason mine broke is due to how I mounted it. I used a winch plate made for a Superwinch, which by the way is total junk. They use a 2 bolt mount and the Gorilla has the same as a Warn! 4 bolt—anywho I modified the plate to work but the two back bolts pulled out of the plate (long story) and caused the cable to wrap around the outside of the spool. But they worked with me every step of the way and gave me free parts to fix it even when it was my screw up! They also told me I could send it to them and they fix it for me and only pay shipping if I chose. Don’t believe everything you read other than me. It has been a great winch and I would be willing to buy another one—heck a 3000# is only $100 on eBay…you can’t touch a Warn for that!”
- “Votaguy” from Texas

3000 lb Winch Review by Quad Crazy

Thanks to Rich Schramm of Quad Crazy for this winch review on the ProMark 3000 lb XT Series ATV winch!

Winch installation

Winch installation

I got my hands on a new ProMark 3000lb XT Series ATV Winch from the folks over at www.promarkoffroad.com, and I must say that, I was impressed from the moment it arrived. Besides the impressive box, easy to read instructions, and included hardware, this winch just looks like a heavy duty and well designed product. Inside the box was the roller fairlead, rubber stopper, contactor, thumb switch, hook with strap, hardware, and a corded remote! All that was needed additional, was a bracket for my 2006 Yamaha Grizzly, which was available right on their site.

Winch testing

Winch testing

INSTALLATION

Installing the ProMark Winch was easy enough. I did it before going out to the field, in the back of my Dodge Ram pick-up! A few tools I had in my box got the job done. The hardest part was removing some of my factory plastic. The bracket mounted right up to my stock frame and the winch right up to the bracket, without an issue. If you know the difference between your positive and negative battery terminals, you’ll have no problem hooking this up. I ran the wires up the middle and under the seat, to the battery, and hooked up the switch to my handlebars. It was a breeze.

THE FIRST TEST

Winch controls

Winch controls

I rode my 2006 Yamaha Grizzly out into a wooded, but open area, to run some small tests with this winch. Operation was very good for a traditional winch. I especially like how smooth the cable turns out in the free wheel/spin mode. Engaging this is easy and the switch is located on the side of the winch. Putting it in this mode allows you to pull out the cable without hassle. I ran it in and out a few times to check out the motor operation and to see if there was any heat coming off of it, which there wasn’t. I roped the line around a couple of trees and pulled the Grizzly without any issue, up the hill and tested it letting the winch out slowly back down. The winch motor sounds strong and smooth, giving me no concerns.

ATV hanging from tree

ATV hanging from tree

I hadn’t planned to get out in the mud yet (maybe for my next report), so I thought to myself…How could I really test this thing out? I decided that a good test would be to rope my Grizzly to a tree and see about lifting it off the ground. I know, sounds crazy, and when will this actually apply, but why not. So I let out the winch cable and chucked it over a thick branch and around a tree, probably about 15 feet off the ground. (Don’t try this at home and wear safety equipment and protective gear!) I began to pull my 600 lb (dry weight) 2006 Yamaha Grizzly toward the tree, by engaging the winch switch I mounted on the left handle bar. As I got closer to the tree, the front end started to rise. I proceeded to pull the winch cable in and my quad up the tree. It was now about 70 degrees up in the air! I kept going until it was vertical and back tires off the ground! I forgot to get off…What a site…hung my quad off a tree…it was a first for me. I finally let it down after looking at it for a few minutes hanging there. By no means do I suggest for anyone to do something like this with their quad! Nevertheless, it’s a good test for me. I let out enough cable slack to get the hook to slide down toward me and unhook it. I inspected the cable, hook, winch, bracket, and frame. No issues at all. All looked great. At least I know that on my next run, this winch will pull my ATV without a problem.

3000 lb winch installed

3000 lb winch installed

FINAL NOTES

This $199 ProMark winch replaced my older Warn 2500 winch that I believe cost me upwards of $400 or so at the time. You would think that the cost difference would show in the product, but I really can’t tell you what the higher priced Warn will give you over the ProMark. The ProMark winch works very well and is definitely worth the money. I’ll be testing this winch out more on the trails and I’ll be sure to report back. Happy Trails!

VIDEO

ProMark Offroad Winch Product Reviews

See what some of our customers have to say about our ATV and truck/Jeep products, including ATV winches, synthetic rope for truck winches, and the 20K snatch block.

Cinching down the rear suspension

Cinching down the rear suspension

3000 lb XTR Winch with Synthetic Cable

“Wife got me a ProMark winch. Love it, easy to install – great instructions. Used it and found it quiet and able to pull my Honda 500 out of my favorite mud hole. Would recommend product – heard great things about this winch…”
- D. H.

3000 lb ATV Winch

“Here are some older pictures of my Toyota based truggy [see right]. I have a 3000# Gorilla ATV winch that I use to cinch down the rear suspension during steep descents or off camber situations. Love this winch – it’s been working flawlessly for me for the past 4 years!!!
- Peter B.

4000 lb XT Winch

“One of the best winches I have ever owned and it has plenty of power to spare… Might be designed for a UTV/ATV but it can move a truck that is stuck with the right hardware and not even break a sweat. I have mine mounted on the rear of an Arctic Cat 700 EFI. It gets muddy, wet and covered with gunk – I know I should treat it better – I do bathe it with a power washer each time. I have yet to have a problem with it dealing with water or wet winch.

Peter's Toyota with 3000 lb winch

Peter's Toyota with 3000 lb winch

A Well Worth having, Great Product!!!”
- Tim M.

ProMark Blue Synthetic Winch Rope

“Excellent product. I already installed in my 4×4 truck and is very resistant. The item was delivered the same day that it was purchased and was received on time.”
- E. R. Torres

20K Snatch Block

“I bought a pair of these to augment my existing snatch block for reverse-pull capability from my CJ’s front-mounted hydraulic winch. This snatch block is *beefy* weighing in at nearly 7 pounds of thick plate steel. The pulley axle even has a zerk fitting, something missing on my $50+ brand-name block. It is held together with snap rings instead of a hair pin cotter, so it’s not quickly disassembled like some others out there, but for the price you can afford to buy several of them and greatly expand your winching capability.
- “Cowlick” (Georgia)

“Fast shipping. Finally a ‘REAL’ heavy duty snatch block. Just what I’ve been looking for. Thank You.”
- R. Dunn

ProMark Winch Performs to the Extreme

How well do ProMark winches work in extreme situations? One of our customers, Tim Mayville, took his 4000 lb XT winch to the extreme by pulling out a Chevy Blazer buried in mud. His reaction to the ATV winch’s performance? “Really strong winch!!!”

Here is more of what Tim had to say about his dual winch and wireless setup:

“I am making some changes to my setup… Using the rear setup a lot more.

The rear of my Arctic Cat ATV (ProMark 4000 XT) gets a good workout from time to time.

I have a set of pictures here of me pulling a car out of a mud hole… a Chevy Blazer.

My ATV has pretty good traction but, we had to use block and strap around a tree to get enough support as well as back my ATV into another tree… The 4000 XT pulled the vehicle up no problem – I feared it would break the cable so, we just raised it enough for us to keep putting logs under it so it would empty the water out of the cab of the SUV, which was full of water.

Took a little while, letting the battery and all rest, but we got the guy out.

Really strong winch!!!”

Blazer stuck

Chevy Blazer stuck in a mud hole

Blazer ready to be winched out by an Arctic Cat 700

Blazer ready to be winched out by an Arctic Cat 700

ProMark 4000 XT winch hooked up to the Blazer

ProMark 4000 XT winch hooked up to the Blazer

Blazer winched out by a 4000 lb XT winch on an Arctic Cat ATV

Blazer winched out by a 4000 lb XT winch on an Arctic Cat ATV

Tim also sent these pictures of his Arctic Cat 700, just for fun:

Arctic Cat 700 with dual ProMark winches and wireless setup

Arctic Cat 700 with dual ProMark winches and wireless setup

Riding through a mud hole with the Arctic Cat 700

Riding through a mud hole with the Arctic Cat 700

Enough work for one day. Time to play around!

Enough work for one day. Time to play around!

Installing a ProMark ATV Winch on a Honda Rancher 4×4

Tim, one of our ProMark Offroad customers, uploaded a video on YouTube demonstrating how to install a ProMark ATV winch on a Honda Rancher 4×4. This quick demo video covers mounting plate installation, wiring, and winch setup. The winch featured is a 4000 lb XT Series ATV / UTV winch from ProMark Offroad.

ProMark 10K Silverback Recovery Winch Featured in 4Wheel Drive Magazine

10K Silverback on a Jeep

10K Silverback on a Jeep

Watch for the ProMark Offroad 10,000 lb Silverback Series electric recovery winch in the September 2010 issue of 4Wheel Drive magazine! The ProMark 10K Jeep winch is mounted on a custom-build Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited. Kenny Hauk, owner of River Raider Off-Road in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was hoping for Jeep to release a truck-bodied version of the JK. When that didn’t happen, Kenny decided to build his own.

After hours of custom work and modifications, the result was a Jeep build like no other, known as the Raider ST. The project included a number of aftermarket accessories, including the 10K Silverback winch from ProMark—a perfect complement to the silver-bodied Jeep. Kenny is planning to build several more of these JK trucks for River Raider customers.

You can read the entire article online at 4WD magazine.

Raider ST with ProMark Winch

This custom build JK truck features a 10K Silverback recovery winch from ProMark.

Just How Bulletproof is the Outback 3500 lb Winch by ProMark?

Ask someone who knows! Adam Harvey is a proud ProMark winch owner with plenty of stories to tell. In this episode, posted on ArcticChat.com, Adam shows just how tough a ProMark winch can be. With a tree blocking the trail and no way around it, this trailblazer dug his ATV into the sand and put his Outback 3500 lb ProMark winch to work:

Winching a tree limb off the trail

Winching a tree limb off the trail

“You can see how each limb was snapped off the tree, and eventually after de-limbing the tree, I was able to move the trunk of the tree as well so we could proceed thru the creek. My bike pulled non-stop for over an hour, and NEVER burnt up. My battery survived, my winch survived, and the PROMARK saved the day.

We were not done yet…after I got that tree out of the way we ran into another one and decided to just get out of the creek, so again I had to put the ole PROMARK to the test. I winched myself up out of the creek bank, and winched almost all of the other bikes up out of the creek. So for almost 2 straight hours, the winch never got a break except when free spooling out to hook to another limb/tree or bike.”

After describing his off road escapades in detail, Adam then goes on to brag about just how well the ProMark winch held up during the entire ordeal:

“The winch is made by PROMARK which some of you know makes the Gorilla winches. Some people have dislikes about their products from the past experiences but this winch is a new product and I can tell you it is BULLETPROOF. I put it thru its paces last night and I would recommend it to ANYONE.”

Later on in the post, Adam continues to rave about his winch:

“I have been STUPID impressed with this winch. Tom McCullough gave me this winch to test out and I told him I was rough on a winch and don’t be mad if I broke it. He told me to see if I could; he needed to know if it had any weaknesses. I can tell you I have been dumbfounded that I can’t tear this winch up.

I don’t abuse my equipment by any means, I use it just how you are supposed to and take care of it, but I have gotten so used in the past to my Warn breaking every time I use it, or it not even working at all after you free-spool it. I’m 100% against Warn because I’ve had 10 and have not gotten a good one YET! This is my first ever ProMark and I can tell you I am sold for life!

This 3500 Outback Series is undoubtedly the toughest thing I’ve ever used. It pulled for two hours non-stop last night. I went to lunch and ate lunch with all my friends earlier and all of them were all constantly talking about how awesome this thing pulled and worked all nite. … As long as they sell them, they’ve got a customer for life! I won’t ever buy another.”

Want more? Read the full 3500lb winch review with pictures on ArcticChat.com. Or check out the specs for the Outback 3500 from ProMark.

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The Winch: 3500 Outback ATV / UTV Winch from ProMark Offroad
The Assignment: Put it through the ringer

What happens when you put the ProMark 3500 lb Outback winch to the test, where other winches have failed? Adam Harvey knows. In his own words: “I can tell you this, I give my Warn a 2 out of a possible 10. And I give this Outback Series 3500 from ProMark a 9.5 out of a 10. It is daylight and dark difference better than my Warn.” Adam relies on his winch for his job and for some pretty intense riding.

3500 lb Outback winch

3500 lb Outback winch pulling an ATV and rig (1400+ pounds) up the hill

Here are a few excerpts from Adam’s review on the High Lifter forum:

“I ended up in touch with the head guy at ProMark and asked him a few questions about their winches. I told him I needed a winch that was indestructible, was fully sealed, and had no plastic gears.

I also threw in the stipulation that I needed more than a normal 50ft of rope. I built radiused spacer sleeves for my Warn that allowed me to run almost 80ft of rope and sometimes I needed every inch of it. When you are WAY out in the wilderness or in a bind and nothing is around, sometimes you gotta have more than 50ft of rope.

He told me that their ProMark 3500 Outback Series winch was what I needed—indestructible, geared super low to pull anything, fully watertight, and no plastic internals, AND could fit more than 50ft of rope.

I told him to get one coming, got it in and oohh’d and ahhh’d at it. It’s built like a German tank. I put it on and have been running it since. This winch came with all sorts of goodies like a handheld remote and a handlebar rocker switch. The fully sealed solenoid has two inputs for the wired 20ft remote or the optional wireless remote. I don’t normally put my winch under water, but I do wash it religiously every day. I wash my bike at the end of every day, so the bike definitely sees it fair share of water.

I recall taking my Warn apart before to do regular maintenance and had rusted gears and a case full of water. As far as I can tell after a month and a half of having this ProMark, no issues from water yet.

Working off my bike like I do, and having equipment that you know is going to work and you can trust gives you an assurance that you can do whatever you set out to do. I feel certain that this winch and all the others they make will do their job. As long as you get the right winch for your application, I am sure you will have safe and happy outings.

I know when I go on big rides and you come to a mudhole and there is one guy buried up to his racks in mud and 50 people standing around looking and everybody hollers out ‘who’s gotta winch’ and you look around and 80% of the bikes have a winch and 90% of them are Warn but everybody claims theirs is broken, well I too was one of those guys once and was always without a winch or was always scared it was going to break. Now I don’t have to worry about that. … For the price and the performance so far, this winch is holding up 1000 times better than my Warn.”

Read more of Adam’s winch review at the High Lifter forum, and see the Outback winch in action with these pictures and videos.

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River Raider Jeep Build with 10K ProMark Winch

Check out the new project build from the guys at River Raider Off Road! The Raider ST Project includes a 10,000 lb Silverback winch from ProMark Offroad. The goal was to build a J8 style sport truck based off the Wrangler Unlimited platform.

River Raider Off Road offers high quality Jeep accessories and custom builds that are built for abuse out on the trail. They proudly offer the “toughest and most durable parts on the planet for your Jeep,” and they test these products aggressively before passing them on to their customers. River Raider depends on ProMark’s Jeep winches to get them out of even the toughest stucks.

Raider Moab with ProMark Winch

Raider ST Project at Moab - 10,000 lb ProMark Silverback winch with synthetic rope

Raider Moab with ProMark Winch

Raider ST Project at Moab - 10,000 lb ProMark Silverback winch with synthetic rope