Popular French magazine dedicated to Land Rovers, Land Mag, gives the low down on our Bearmach Power Mach Winch (BA 6001). After 9 months of rigorous testing, Franck Bigorne concludes that our BA 6001 is "small but strong" and did everything that they asked it to do (in some difficult situations sometimes!)...
WHAT LAND MAG HAD TO SAY...
Bearmach offers an electronic winch in their range of accessories at a tight price. This is a model that presents some good technical characteristics for its price and is available for less than 600 Euros with a synthetic rope! We have asked Franck Bigorne to “torture” it for a few months to be able to evaluate its performances and solidity. With a rated line pull of 9,500lbs, the Bearmach Power Mach Winch offers a classic technical sheet for a first prize winch. Its power is in the average zone for a Land Rover origin, but for those who have a heavily equipped 4x4, they also have a stronger model (Power Mach 12,000). This winch comes with all necessary components for its fitment and use; a synthetic rope of 27m long (and 9mm diameter), a black aluminium hawse pipe, a double remote control (wired and radio), a relay, cables and essential bolts.
When opening it, we first thought the radio remote control was missing before discovering that it was actually inside the wired remote control handle. A practical detail is that this is equipped with LED lighting, always handy for night drives. A good surprise when fitting on the Discovery 200 TDi for Franck Bigorne was that the relay is an Albright brand, which means it is waterproof, a technical advance that was a little while ago reserved to big brands winches. Also, as the relay is independent, we can then place it easily on the 4x4, giving more freedom when fitting. The only touch of originality for the Power Mach is to offer a drive system with 2 speeds. We find 3 positions (instead of 2 usually) on the control wheel; disengage, normal speed and fast speed. That last one allows (in theory) a faster winding/unwinding, but a reduced traction capacity. Gadget or useful function? We will see.
9 MONTHS OF RUTHLESS TESTING
As a well-prepared lover of strong rides in the Ile-de-France roads and on the Forest Hill Domaine fields with his Discovery 200Tdi, Franck Bigorne pushed this Bearmach winch to its limits. The fitment of the Power Mach was done without any problems. However, we had to review the fixing of the rope on its original thimble, as this one was badly set and on the first try as the rope had come loose from the drum. Nothing serious luckily.
“On the fields, this winch really impressed me”, says Franck after 9 months of testing. “It worked perfectly and has moved all the vehicles without striking a blow... Even vehicles that went well in the mud". It never showed weakness or overheating and I even used it directly without a hauling pulley. Speed wise, it went as well, or even better than the Warn M8000 modified. The first winches that I used were inefficient. Here, we have a high-end design winch at an affordable price.
Its only downside is the radio remote control that is too small and not very good to use with gloves on. It sometimes gets stuck when you rewind it and its range remains a little limited. I think eventually I will replace it with a better adapted model. But for the winching itself, it is a surprising model. The question if the 2 speeds were useful was asked, in which Franck replied, “for me, at the beginning, it was more if a gadget, but then I started to use the fast speed before and after each winching to wind and unwind the rope. It really is very fast and in the end, very handy when you go out winch often. It is the kind of little “plus” that when you get used to it, will be missed when using another winch! However, that fast speed doesn’t help to relocate a 4x4 as it is losing too much pulling power. It is however useful to move a trunk on the road”.
SMALL BUT STRONG
After 9 months of intense use, this first-prize winch from Bearmach stood out with its excellent performances on the field, with a flawless traction capacity. In short, it has done everything that we asked it to do (in some difficult situations sometimes!). With the little “bonus” of the dual-speed system, that is very useful daily. The only inconvenience for us is the radio remote control that is too small and not that easy to use; an acceptable detail for a winch offered for less that 600 Euros with a synthetic rope. In around a years time, we will give new feedback on this Bearmach Power Mach Winch in order to also assess its reliability over the long term.
Vincent Boigey - Land Mag
Translation by Veronique Jean
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