Look, in the sky, it’s a winch, it’s a compressor, it’s a PowerPlant!
Warn Industries recently introduced their newest winch, the PowerPlant. This new contraption is a two in one air compressor slash winch. Instead of me telling you what I think I know about the new PowerPlant, here is a quote from Warn themselves.
“Introducing the new WARN PowerPlant™ - a patent-pending multi-purpose tool that features the capabilities of both a premium air compressor and a top-of-the line winch. It's the ultimate combination of performance and function.
Tom Giacomini, President of Warn Industries, Inc. said, "WARN is always working with the four-wheel drive community to develop products to meet the needs of the enthusiast and the tradesman. This product was developed in conjunction with end users and a select group of top WARN engineers. The result is an on-board, vehicle-mounted air compressor with a winch. The PowerPlant is a patent pending, world-class multi-function tool to meet a variety of needs. We are extremely excited to bring this product to our customers, and based off of our initial response, we expect this to be a huge success in the industry."
In air compressor mode, PowerPlant is a robust, integrated system that performs above and beyond other air compressors, thanks to industry-leading features such as a massive 4.6 horsepower motor; a built-in intercooler to reduce air temperature; and a high airflow rating of 12 cfm at 0 psi, and 5 cfm at 90 psi. The unit also has high and low pressure regulating switches for efficient operation, and a thermal sensor to monitor motor temperature and to maximize motor life.
When called upon as a winch, PowerPlant answers with the features you would expect from a WARN product: a 3-stage planetary geartrain; a Gen II Motor; a new contactor design that requires less current draw and improves reliability; and an automatic load-holding brake for effective winch operation and positive operator feedback.
The PowerPlant is available in two configurations: 9,500 lb. high performance (HP) for enthusiasts who demand faster line speed, and 12,000 lb. high duty (HD) for longer motor duty cycles.
The unit comes with an air hose and fittings for quick use right out of the box. Additional air compressor accessories are available to increase the capabilities of the PowerPlant.”
So what are you thoughts on this new beast? Is it a freak of nature, a huge eyesore, or the next big thing in off-road vehicle technology! Let me hear your opinions now!