No epic off-road adventure is complete until someone in the Jamboree finds themselves stuck axle-deep in a mud bog. Maybe it’s your buddy, or maybe it’s you—but no matter who ends up spinning their wheels, you have the muscle to reel them back onto the trail with the T-Max Off-Road Series EW8500 Winch.
Burlier than a pro wrestler on steroids, the T-Max Off-Road Series EW8500 Winch has enough backbone to yank even the most monstrous rigs out of the muck. Deep in its all-metal housing lies a 5.5hp series wound motor that cranks out a whopping 8,500 lbs of line pull. Plus, its 3-stage planetary gear train boasts a 172.8:1 ratio, delivering massive low-end torque that runs at lower temperatures.
Even if your rock crawler gets stuck far away from a secure anchor point, the T-Max Off-Road Series EW8500 Winch has plenty of reach. It comes with 94’ of heavy-duty 5/16” wire rope feeding through a 4-way roller fairlead. Plus, its automatic in-the-drum brake system lets you pause mid-pull while still maintaining a firm grip, and the 12’ wired remote is long enough that you can run your winch right from the driver’s seat. Backed by a 3-year mechanical warranty and a 1-year electrical warranty.
Reviewed by Jeremiah M (BAYFIELD, CO) Reviewed for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler — Nov 03, 2012 1:42 PM
Well the winch seems to be great. It works well, it speed is good, the rope is good quality, and its easy to use. The reason for the four stars is because it didn't come with the cables to connect the solenoid to the motor. I contacted Westin (who make T-Max) and they never even got back to me so I made cables out of battery cable. Other than that, the winch seems great and the rope is better quality than others at the same price.
Reviewed by Marty P (Spokane Valley, WA) Reviewed for a 2008 Chevy Silverado — Feb 03, 2012 4:36 PM
I have been wanting a winch for quite a while and couldn't be happier with the EW8500. It has already received a work out pulling logs to the truck while cutting firewood in NW Montana. I went with the synthetic rope and feel safer using rope vs traditional cable. I have no doubt this winch will earn its keep.
Reviewed by Philip W (Umatilla, OR) Reviewed for a 2006 Jeep Wrangler — Jan 03, 2012 9:30 PM
The winch itself is nice, but the plastic control box came with a large hole punched in the top right through the TMax sticker/decal. I was able to take the top off and glue the pieces back together rather than send the whole thing back. Also, the winch plate came with the box open and bolts missing. Not a good first impression of AutoAnything.com. The products seemed nice enough though. On another note, the bumber I bought came in one piece!