Kin­gone goes the dis­tance

NZ4WD - - Recovery Equipment - By Richard Brooks

What do the Mum and Dad 4WD driv­ers need to know about the winch they are go­ing to pur­chase for their 4WD? Let’s face it most peo­ple start off by say­ing” I don’t need a winch in my 4WD, I won’t get stuck, I only do the easy trips.” The fact of the mat­ter is we all start off like that in any sport or recre­ational ac­tiv­ity. But in no time we are don­key deep push­ing our ve­hi­cle to its lim­its. So like any prod­uct you pur­chase for your 4WD you need to think longevity. Don’t buy a cheap hole filler, buy some­thing that goes the dis­tance and is well backed up in your mar­ket. With Kin­gone I be­lieve we have one of the best, if not the best in­line winch in the coun­try. Kin­gone has a large range to suit many ap­pli­ca­tions which is why it is very ben­e­fi­cial to see a Kin­gone agent and talk with them about what size winch best suits your 4x4. I know what comes into most blokes’ heads, is big­ger is bet­ter. It must come from watch­ing too many USA TV shows. So here are some valid points when se­lect­ing a winch: How will I mount it, ease of fit­ment? How will I power it, will my stan­dard bat­tery sys­tem cope? What fea­tures does it have? Does it have a load hold­ing brake? Fast live speed and low cur­rent draw? War­ranty 12 months or ex­tended life, what’s cov­ered un­der war­ranty? Can my 4x4 shop give me tech­ni­cal tips to winch­ing? Price – is it good value for money, weigh­ing up all the

fea­tures? Kin­gone has been sold in New Zealand for seven years now and has quickly es­tab­lished it­self as a tough no-non­sense winch that goes the dis­tance and per­forms to its spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Fea­tures of our TDS9.5H.SR Kin­gone Rap­tor: 9500 lbs straight line pull. 156-1 gear ra­tio. 5.2 Horse­power mo­tor. Plan­e­tary gear sys­tem. Dual Cone load hold­ing brake. Low cur­rent draw. Comes stan­dard with wire­less re­mote con­trol and 30m of 9mm syn­thetic rope.

A Kin­gone TDS-9.5H winch

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