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Champion has been making winches for a long time. Their winch pricing is in the moderate range.
While the pricing is good for an average user there is always a concern for quality. You might not be familiar with the brand or you might not know which of their winch model will be good or bad. To clear your confusion, I decided to do this review.
In this post, I will review top 5 Champion winches. I will be honest and will put all the best and worst characteristics of Champion winch.
Top 5 Champion Winch Review
Now let me walk you through some of the best Champion winches.
1. Champion 10,000 lb. Winch Kit Review – Truck/SUV
I would suggest you use it according to the instructions provided and then you will get decent results.
It has a waterproof 12V DC motor that can be used at a depth of 1.5 meters. The galvanized steel cable is 85-foot-long and has a line speed of 3.9 feet per minute under load, which I consider as a fair amount of speed. The rope is all-weather resistant, and you can use it in harsh climates.
Moreover, the best feature I liked in this product is the all-weather resistant wired remote, which can be used from a distance of 12 feet. You can maintain your safe distance while using it for heavy-duty works. The 4-way roller fairlead mechanism aids in smooth spooling with the help of a 2.5 X 8.8 drum.
You can install it with the speed mount hitch adapter (2-inch), which has adjustable handles in three positions. These handles also help in protecting the winch.
Overall, this winch is one of the best in class. It is best suitable for pulling trucks and SUVs. With few minor defects, it still stands out in performance. With some minor tweaks, you can get top-notch performance.
Let’s watch an unboxing video of Champion 10,000 lb winch
2. Champion 4500 lb. Wireless Winch Kit Review – ATV/UTV
It has 4500 lbs pulling power with which you can pull MDF’s, tree logs, and even an SUV. The three-stage planetary gear system, along with a 4-way roller fairlead mechanism, generates 4.6 foot per minute spooling speed under heavy load.
There are very few wireless winches out there in there in the market, which provide a roller spooling mechanism. The dynamic braking system helps in preventing the wear and tear of the gear system when subjected to heavy load.
When not in use, the winch will auto shut-off itself from the power source to save battery life. You can easily mount this on your ATV or other supported vehicles such as SUV.
The company claims that the remote can be operated from 50-foot long distance, but when I tested the device, the remote struggled when I walked 20-foot away from the winch. Still, 20-foot is a decent distance to keep you away from harm.
Although the motor is not certified as waterproof, it will survive the splashes of mud and water. But make sure you don’t submerge it in water. Another primary concern for me is the diameter of the rope.
With a capacity to pull up 4500 lbs, it could cause mechanical wear and tear. It didn’t happen to me since I used it only for testing purposes, but it is advisable to use it with extra caution.
Overall, Champion 4500 lbs wireless winch is an excellent option for regular users who don’t need heavy-duty winches. It is best suitable for ATVs and also a few SUVs. Don’t subject it to heavy loads as it may result in the breakage of the device.
3. Champion 3500 lb. Synthetic Rope Winch Kit Review -ATV/UTV
It has a weak fairlead mechanism. While many winches incorporate a 4-way roller fairlead mechanism, this winch uses a hawse mechanism, which results in an average performance. Apart from this flaw, there is nothing much negative about this winch.
Since it is a smaller winch, it is evident that it has lesser pulling power. But the synthetic rope does very well and has better features than the galvanized steel. It eliminates the recoil since it stores lesser kinetic energy.
The three-stage planetary gear system aids in free spooling of the synthetic rope at a speed of 9.8 ft per minute. Another great feature is that the line will float in water. So, recovering it is quite easy.
With the standard mounting pattern, you can install it on most of the ATVs, and with a remote length of 10.3 feet, you can operate this winch from a minimum safe distance. As it is a smaller winch, you can use this for winching MDFs, medium to large tree logs, and also ATVs.
Champion 3500 winch is excellent, but it could have been much better if it had a roller fairlead mechanism. If you are not a hardcore user or if your budget is limited, you can opt for this product, and it won’t disappoint you.
4. Champion 3000 lb. Winch Kit Review – ATV/UTV
It has a three-stage planetary gear system, galvanized steel rope, 4-way roller fairlead mechanism, and an excellent spooling speed under heavy load. The only drawback is that it cannot pull heavy loads. I would say it as a limitation since it struggled to move one of my Honda UTV, which weighs around 1000 pounds.
If you are not a regular user or if you use it for less stressful works, this product is the ideal choice. Make sure you don’t use it in odd angles and do not subject it to heavy pulling duties.
Overall, this is a powerful piece of tool, which can be an ideal choice for casual users. Even though it has a premium grade of features, it has its limitations. If you use it under its permissible limits, you will not be disappointed.
5. Champion 2000 lb. Winch Kit Review – ATV/UTV
This winch is a replica of the Champion 3000-lb version, but the difference is in power. It has the same features, such as a three-stage planetary gear system, galvanized steel rope, and 4-way roller fairlead mechanism.
It has a dynamic braking system that will enable you to hold the load and stop pulling whenever needed. There isn’t much to say about this winch because it has all the features of its elder brother: Champion 3000-lb winch. Just make sure that you don’t use it for heavy objects and at odd angles.
Overall, this is a smaller yet powerful winch for casual users. It has all the premium features that the bigger winches have. If you use it for routine and less heavy-duty purposes, it is going to be your best choice.
About the Brand
Let me tell you some details about the brand. Champion winches are products of the company Champion Power Equipment. The name of the brand might have rung bells regarding the line of business.
This company manufactures various types of power equipment such as power generators, lawnmowers, pressure washers, wood chippers, pumps, and of course, winches. They also make accessories for their various products.
There’s no confusion for you if you want to replace a spare part or get an add-on to your device. All the products are premium quality products, and they use industry-grade materials, which make their products look premium, durable, and excellent.
They have nearly 17 (since 2003) years of expertise in various product manufacturing, especially in power generation equipment. I would say the engineers are the best because they step into the shoes of their customers while designing.
But what made most people opt for Champion is their customer service. I would say it is probably the best in class.
Champion winches are one of the best products which will never disappoint you. Most of these winches are robust and have a compact design. The industry-grade design makes them durable and long-lasting devices.