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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!

ATV Rider Chooses Gorilla [now ProMark] XT 2500 Winch for Swamp Build

Waterproof winch for swamp bogging

Waterproof winch for swamp bogging

New article just out on the XT 2500 ATV winch from Gorilla Winches (now PROMARK OFFROAD)! ATV Rider put together a swamp build with a 2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 650i and documented the build in an article by Rick Sosebee. The build included a lift, mud tires, snorkel kit, new exhaust system, and a waterproof ATV winch from Gorilla Winches (now PROMARK OFFROAD).

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After describing the process of building this swamp machine, Rick reveals the finishing touch:

“The final must-have item for our Brute Force 650i was a strong winch to get us out of some sticky predicaments. Gorilla Winch [now ProMark Offroad] supplied us with one of its XT 2500 units that we secured on a winch mounting plate supplied to us by Kawasaki. This setup gave us the confidence we needed to attempt the murkiest pits knowing that we could get ourselves out.”

This Kawasaki “bad creek bottom bogger” needed a waterproof winch. The XT 2500 winch was the answer. As for the hard-core riding that the guys do over at ATV Rider, Rick says, “If you are anything like us, you’ll need a Gorilla [now ProMark Offroad] winch to get you out at some point.”

Read the full article with photos online at ATV Rider Online.

Gorilla [now ProMark] 1500 lb XT Series Winch on a Rancher 420

A Gorilla [now ProMark Offroad] Winch owner showcases his 1500 lb XT winch on a Honda Rancher 420.

Winch Comparison: 2500LB 12v Electric Winches

We took some of the major brands in the off road industry, including Gorilla [now ProMark Offroad], Warn, Ramsey, Superwinch, and Viper, and put them side by side to compare the basic features of each brand’s 2500 lb ATV winch. See the specs for these 12 volt winches below.

Specifications Gorilla [now ProMark] Warn Ramsey Superwinch Viper
Model XT 2500 RT25 ATV2500 ATV2500 MAX 2500
Part # LDP2500 WAR75000 115004 1125200 MX2500
Winch Motor 0.9 HP (12V DC) 0.9 HP (12V DC) 0.9 HP (12V DC) 1.5 HP (12V DC) 1.0 HP (12V DC)
Gear Train Differential planetary 3 stage planetary 3 stage planetary 3 stage planetary 3 stage planetary
Gear Ratio 136:1 154:1 136:1 145:1 136:1
Clutch Cam-activated freespool Sliding pin and ring gear Cam-activated freespool Cam-activated freespool Cam-activated freespool
Brake Dynamic Disc brake Not listed Mechanical and dynamic Dynamic
Weight 12 lbs 15.6 lbs 15 lbs 16 lbs Not listed
Winch Rope 3/16″ x 45′ 3/16″ x 50′ 3/16″ x 50′ 3/16″ x 50′ 15/64″ x 50′
Fairlead Roller Roller Roller Roller Roller
Warranty Limited lifetime Limited lifetime Limited lifetime Limited lifetime 1 year
Controls Included Thumbswitch and corded remote Thumbswitch Optional Thumbswitch Thumbswitch and corded remote
Line Speed
(no load)
27 ft / min 18 ft / min 20.8 ft / min 18 ft / min 24 ft / min
Line Speed
(full load)
7 ft / min 5 ft / min 8.5 ft / min 6.3 ft / min 9 ft / min
Amp Draw
(no load)
15 amps 14 amps 18 amps 14 amps 18 amps
Amp Draw
(full load)
160 amps 157 amps 121 amps 210 amps 204 amps
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Note: All specifications are based on the manufacturer’s stated winch specs at time of posting.

ATV Winch Review: 3000 lb XT Gorilla [now ProMark Offroad] Winch

The guys over at Quad Crazy put the Gorilla [now ProMark] XT Winch to the test in this winch review. The 3000 lb XT earned high praises with this tribute from product tester Rich Schramm:

“This $199 Gorilla [now 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 Gorilla [now ProMark].”

Schramm hooked up the winch on his 2006 Yamaha Grizzly, did some standard testing, and then found out just how tough this Gorilla [now ProMark] winch is. Even better, he got it all on video.

Can your winch pull a Grizzly up a tree? Ours can.

Don’t take our word for it. See for yourself!

See the full review with video by Rich Schramm at QuadCrazy.com.