Exploring the Real-World Capabilities of a 4,500-Pound UTV Winch – Video

The Polaris Ranger XP1000 Backcountry Edition comes standard with a 4,500-pound winch, and we decided to find out what that number means out in the real world.

Of course, the weight of the vehicle needs to light enough that winch can handle it. In this case, the Ranger with full fluids and one passenger weighs in at about 2000 pounds, less than half of the winches rating.

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A wireless remote comes equipped with Polaris’ winches these days, an excellent option for working alone, though can have a wired winch controller as well to make sure there are not interference issues. We tested the distance on our wireless remote, and estimate it to be about 150 feet, even though Polaris only lists it at 50 feet.

Back to the winch itself, we hooked up to a number of different things to see what a 4,500-pound winch is capable of pulling in the real world. A 4,000-pound concrete block? How about a 13,500-pound bulldozer? You’ll have to watch the full video above to find out if the winch could do the job.