Test­ing the Power of Ram­sey Winches

4WDrive - - Contents - Words by Steve Fen­nell Pho­tos by Team Al­lSouth

On a re­turn trip from Reno, Nev., af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 King of the Ham­mers, Jeff McCul­lough and his crew of Team Al­lsouth made a slight de­tour in Moab, Utah, to take their Po­laris rig to new heights – lit­er­ally.

Armed with a Pa­triot 6000 Ram­sey Winch on the team’s 2016 Po­laris RZR Turbo (that has a length of three me­tres (10 ft.) and a wheel­base of 2 me­tres (7.5 ft.)), McCul­lough re­al­ized there was no bet­ter place to test the Pa­triot’s winch­ing prow­ess than on one of Utah’s un­qiue red rock for­ma­tions.

“Ram­sey’s winches have al­ways been the winch of our choice as it has got­ten us through so many sit­u­a­tions and hasn’t failed us yet,” said McCul­lough. “What bet­ter op­por­tu­nity is there than to put our winch­ing equip­ment re­ally to the test and show ev­ery­body the prod­ucts that we rec­om­mend at Al­lsouth Au­tosports and that we use when we race.”

With ad­di­tional gear in­clud­ing Fac­tor 55’s Closed-Loop Sys­tem Ul­traHook and 30 me­tres (100 ft.) of syn­thetic line and soft shack­les from Big­foot Winch Ropes, the team scaled a 30-me­tre (100 ft) rock wall, hooked up its Po­laris (weigh­ing roughly 816 kg (1800 lbs)) and raised the rig to the top of the cliff with­out any is­sues.

Although winches are widely used for many ap­pli­ca­tions in the off-road arena, McCul­lough ex­plains travers­ing a ve­hi­cle ver­ti­cally over a 30-me­tre (100 ft.) cliff is not among them. None­the­less, it can be done and the Pa­triot 6000 (and as­so­ci­ated hard­ware) was up to the task, and passed their off-road test with fly­ing colours.

“The hardest part of all of this was phys­i­cally get­ting up to the top of the cliff to ac­tu­ally hook the winch line to the an­chor point,” McCul­lough ex­plains. “But a lot of peo­ple use winches to pull them out of mud, over rough ter­rain, or to help them if they break down on the trail. I know of a team that broke an axle and had to winch their off-road ve­hi­cle from an­chor point to an­chor point on the trail just to get to the end of a race.”

The Ram­sey Pa­triot 6000 Winch

The Pa­triot 6000 is just one of the sev­eral winches from Ram­sey. With many dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties and sys­tems through­out its se­ries, the Pa­triot 6000 has many high­lights for com­peti­tors and recre­ational en­thu­si­asts alike. For in­stance,

users will ap­pre­ci­ate the Pa­triot 6000’s rated line pull of 2,722 kg (6000 lbs.), a ca­ble ca­pac­ity of 30 me­tres (100 ft.) and gear re­duc­tion ra­tio of 90:1. Add the 5.5 hp mo­tor and users en­joy a speedy line pull of 13.7 me­tres (45 ft.) per minute.

“Some fea­tures to look for in a winch in­clude the max­i­mum line feed, how much load the winch will be un­der and how many spools of ca­ble the winch can han­dle,” says McCul­lough. “Syn­thetic rope is also very pop­u­lar right now over ca­ble. Ca­ble is still used, but it can get very tight, be­come abra­sive and if it ever snaps, there’s noth­ing as dan­ger­ous as ca­ble fly­ing ev­ery­where. But with the proper gear, a winch is some­thing that is cer­tainly worth hav­ing. It’s one of those items that if you don’t yet have one, you wished you did.”

When McCul­lough isn’t com­pet­ing on the off-road race cir­cuit or scal­ing 100-foot cliffs in the mid­dle of a Utah desert with Team Al­lsouth, he’s kept busy op­er­at­ing his com­pany Al­lsouth Au­tosports in Bu­ford, Ga. You can con­tact Jeff at http://www.all­southau­tosports.com

Watch the video at https:// www.face­book.com/all­south­j­eff/ videos/900633610092547/ Ram­sey Winch - www.ram­sey.com Fac­tor 55 - http://fac­tor55.com

With the Pa­triot 6000, other hard­ware in­cluded syn­thetic line from Big­foot Winch Ropes and Fac­tor 55’s Closed-Loop Sys­tem Ul­traHook.

Moab, Utah, was the per­fect back­drop to test the power of the Ram­sey Winch.

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