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X-Bull Winch Review (4500, 12000, 13000, 14500)

Wondering whether the X-Bull winch is the right one for your vehicle?

In this X-Bull winch review, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this popular unit. We will also dive deeper into the details of the design and power of the product.

At the end of this article, you will be able to make a decision as to whether or not the X-Bull winch is for you.

 

X-BULL Electric Winch 4,500 lbs

X-BULL Electric Winch 12,000 lbs

X-BULL Electric Winch 13,000 lbs

X-BULL Electric Winch XPV 14,500 lbs


X-BULL Electric Winch 4,500 lbs
X-BULL Electric Winch 12,000 lbs
X-BULL Electric Winch 13,000 lbs
X-BULL Electric Winch XPV 14,500 lbs

12V DC 1.5 HP Permanent Magnet

12V DC 6.0 HP Series Wound

12V DC 6.0HP Series Wound

12V DC 6.4HP Series Wound

136:1

265:1

265:1

265:1

4,500 lbs

12,000 lbs

13,000 lbs

14,500 lbs

12 kg

28.7 kg

28.7 kg

27 kg

40.1 x 11.7 x 11.9 cm

52.8 x 16.5 x 26.0 cm

52.8 x 16.5 x 26.4 cm

54.0 x 16.0 x 25.7 cm

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

Pros & Cons

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight - easy on your suspension
  • Wireless control
  • Motor protection function - it always operates within its capacity
  • Very quiet
  • Waterproof and corrosion resistant
  • 3-stage planetary gear system - can achieve large speed ratio
Cons
  • Their were quality issues with the old version of these winches
  • The steel cables are not coated steel according to one user

Design

Winches are designed to rescue vehicles from getting stuck. They’re popular pieces of gear amongst off-roaders and those who like to travel off the beaten path.

The X-Bull winch, like all other winches, is designed to be compact and unnoticeable under a bull bar.

X-BULL Electric Winch XPV 14,500 lbs Design

The 4500 is just 12kg and is perfect for ATVs and UTVs.

The X-Bull 12000 to 14000 lbs units, used for most 4WD vehicles, are almost identical in weight (about 28kg) and dimensions.

X-BULL Electric Winch 13,000 lbs Design

All X-Bull winches can come with either synthetic rope or steel cables.

Most expert off-roaders recommend sticking with synthetic rope. It’s a lot easier to use and is generally safer. The only downside is it requires more maintenance.

X-BULL Electric Winch 4,500 lbs Design

The X-Bull winches are all waterproof and can be used in any conditions, rain or shine. Overall, the X-Bull winches look sporty and modern.

Power Specs

The X-Bull 4500 comes with a 1.5 HP permanent magnet motor and a gear ratio of 136:1. It’s ideal for ATVs and UTVs.

X-BULL Electric Winch 4,500 Motor

The X-Bull 12000 and 13000 have a similar 12V 6.0 HP series wound motor and a gear ratio of 265:1 and are ideal for mid size 4WDs.

X-BULL Electric Winch 13,000 lbs Motor

The X-Bull 14500, on the other hand, is designed for larger vehicles under 3 tons.

X-BULL Electric Winch XPV 14,500 lbs Motor

It has a 12V 6.4 HP series wound motor with a gear ratio of 265:1 and is capable of pulling at faster speeds.

These winches are relatively quiet and work pretty well under most situations.

Known Issues & Warranty

Known Issues

Overall, the X-Bull winches are considered reliable products. However, there are a few issues that users pointed out.

One user claimed that his X-Bull 4500 stopped working after using them just once in 3 months of ownership. However, that was the old X-Bull 4500 before they made the product improvements in 2021.

Another user suggested that a pinch plate would help prevent the ropes from unrolling back.

Known Issue

Warranty

X-Bull offers a 12-month warranty for most of their products, including the winches.

In terms of honouring claims, X-Bull provides reasonable technical support and will refund any purchases of faulty products. There haven’t been any reports of them unreasonably denying a warranty claim.

However, for refunds, you might have to wait for 4 weeks to get your money back. This time includes the transit time of the product, the processing, and the bank processing time.

Warranty

Price

Overall, the X-Bull winches are considered reliable and affordable.

They have a good design, decent motor, durable ropes, and an affordable price that make them worthy of consideration if you’re in the market for a budget winch.

Therefore, we consider this product good value for money.

X-Bull Winch FAQ

How do you use the X-Bull winch?

Winches are used to recover a vehicle from getting stuck in snow, mud, sand, or trenches.

Basically, you take the ropes and hook them to an immovable object like a tree (use a tree protector if you have one!), then you operate the winch to pull your vehicle towards the immovable object.

The X-Bull winch can also be used to recover another vehicle.

How much does it cost to get a winch installed?

Most people that buy a winch install it themselves. However, some people may not have the skills to install their own winches.

In some cases, you can get a free installation from the shop you bought the winch from, but often installation will cost you an additional $100-$200.

Final Thoughts - X-Bull Winch Review

Overall, the X-Bull winch is an affordable alternative to the high-end winches. Despite being considerably cheaper, the X-Bull winches are still considered to be a reliable product.

It’s perfect for someone looking for a winch to use occasionally, but who doesn’t want it to cost an arm and a leg.

If you’re hitting tough terrain often, you will want to look at a better quality, more premium option, but for everyone else, this winch is worthy of your consideration.

Review Summary

Reviewer: Louis
Review Date: 2022-04-15
Reviewed Item: X-Bull Winch
Author Rating: 4/5
Product Name: X-Bull Winch
Price: AUD $169
Product Availability: Available in Stock


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Note that while every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page, there may sometimes be errors. Check all specifications with the manufacturer before purchasing any product.

Our Testing Process

In creating this article, we have completed a rigorous review process on not just the , but we have also compared it to out there. We have also read hundreds of reviews from fellow campers to help form our opinions.

The primary goal of this review is to figure whether this product is right for you, the user. We systematically compare the product to all of the available options on the market, to determine which ones are worthy of our list.

To see which products we compared the to, check out the list below. Please note that we have never accepted free products from manufacturers.

Full List Of Considered Products


This article may contain affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you choose to purchase a product or service after clicking on my link. This helps pay for the cost of running the website. You will not be disadvantaged in any way by using my links.

Note that while every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page, there may sometimes be errors. Check all specifications with the manufacturer before purchasing any product.

Louis

While Louis does most of his trips near his home in south-east Queensland, he has been camping as far afield as South America and Africa. He loves researching, testing and experimenting with camping gear whenever possible.

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