X-Bull Winch Review

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Among many winch manufacturing brands, the name X-Bull has started to appear in all the places recently. But are they any good? We will try to find out the answer to this question in this X-Bull winch review post. 

Here, we will be sharing reviews of some of the best winches from this brand. X-Bull is known for offering value for money products. 

So, here, we will find out whether it will be worth it to go with X-Bull or not. As well as we will learn a few things about the X-Bull brand itself.

X Bull Winch Reviews

12V Waterproof X-bull 13000 Winch Review

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Are you looking for a powerful yet budget-friendly winch? Then this X-Bull 12V winch with 13000 lb load capacity could be a great pick. Because of this high load capacity, it could be suitable as a truck winch.

In this Xbull 13000 winch review, you will find numerous features. For instance, it has both powers in and out controls for positive load control. You will be getting 2 remote controls with it. 

Among them, one is a totally wireless remote and another one is a wired hand remote controller. Using these, you can operate the winch using only one hand.

X-Bull has released 2 different versions of this winch in terms of the winch cable. The X-Bull 12V synthetic rope version of this winch comes with an 80 ft. (length) x 3.8 inches (diameter) synthetic rope. 

On top of that, the synthetic rope also comes in two colors such as black and orange.

Conversely, the steel cable version features an 85 feet long cable. Also, the synthetic rope version winch is integrated with an alloy hawse fairlead. Whereas the steel cable one contains a 4-way roller fairlead.

The Xbull 13000 winch features a 3-stage planetary gear system, a 500 Amp heavy-duty sealed contactor, and a powerful motor. 

This 13000 lbs winch allows them to have faster line speed and smooth operation. The winches are IP67 waterproof certified. 

You can use these winches in any kind of harsh environment as they are corrosion-resistant as well. 

The synthetic rope version weighs about 57.9 lbs., whereas the steel rope version weighs about 79.8 lbs. Both of them are compatible with the 10 x 4.5 inch mounting bolt pattern.

What Previous Buyers Said?

The majority of the past buyers are praising the winch. They are saying that it can pull like a beast. Also, the build quality of the Xbull 13000 lb winch was heavy-duty. So, you can expect long-lasting service and durability from it. 

They have also liked the X-Bull is offering two versions of it in terms of the winch cable. According to them, this is the best winch for Jeep sized trucks.


  • Available in 2 variations (synthetic rope and steel cable)
  • Lifetime technical support and 1 year limited warranty
  • Waterproof IP67 rating
  • Comes with all the installation accessories for free


  • X bull winch manual could be more detailed

12V Electric X-bull 12000 Winch Review

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This X-Bull 12V electric winch comes with a rated line pull of 12,000 lbs. Like in most other XBull winch reviews, it also features high-quality useful functionalities. It features a 4.5 Kw series wound motor and a 3 stage planetary gear train. The gear ratio on this is 265:1.

For safety reasons, they have included the automatic load-holding brake and motor overload protector function. You will also love that it has both Power in /out functions. In addition, you will get both a wired and wireless remote control. 

The build quality of the X-Bull 12000 lb winch is rugged and reliable. For instance, it is waterproof and corrosion-resistant. As well as, the motor is very efficient and quiet while operating.

It comes with an 85 feet long (9.5 mm diameter) high tensile steel cable and a 4-way roller fairlead. The drum size of the electric winch is 64 × 224 mm. It is compatible with the 10 x 4.5-inch mounting bolt pattern. They have also included the free spooling clutch for fast wire rope payout.

Along with all these, you will be getting all the installation accessories and a clevis hook. The net weight of the winch is 79.8 lbs. and the net dimension of the winch is 23.6 x 9.45 x 13.78 inches. 

The heavy-duty sealed contactor control box can take a beating. So, you can expect a long lifespan of this electric winch.

What Previous Buyers Said?

The previous buyers of this product are thrilled about the performance, durability, and overall quality of the winch. 

Some of them even said that it can easily compete with big names like Warn or Smittybilt winches. They are recommending it to others to use it.


  • Affordable pricing
  • Free spooling clutch and motor overload protector
  • Waterproof IP67 rating and corrosion-resistant
  • Both wireless and wired remote included
  • Power in/out and automatic load-holding brake


  • Nothing major to mention

12V Electric X-BULL 4500 Winch Review

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If you are looking for an ATV/UTV winch, then this X Bull 4500 winch review could be worth a check. This one has up to 4500 lb load capacity. It is available with both synthetic rope and steel cable. Of course, due to this difference, the price of them will vary as well.

On one hand, the X Bull 4500 winch 12V synthetic rope version one comes with a 49 feet (length) and 5.5 mm (diameter) Dyneema synthetic cable. It is arguably one of the best and high-quality synthetic ropes out there. 

It weighs about 19 lbs. and the net dimension of this product is 13.5 in x 5.5 in x 5 inches. As usual, the Xbull 4500 winch features an alloy hawse fairlead.

On the other hand, the steel cable version comes with a 50 feet (length) and 5.5 mm (diameter) steel cable

The net dimension of this winch is 16.38 x 10.92 x 7.02 inches and the net weight is about 25.5 lbs. Plus, it has a 4-way roller fairlead. Both of these X-Bull winches can be controlled via either wired or wireless remote controller for safer wire rope payout.

These winches sport a 12V motor with a 1.5 Hp output and 3 stage planetary gear system. The synthetic rope winch version comes with a 156:1 gear ratio and the other cable one has a gear ratio of 136:1. 

Both the electric winches have automatic mechanical braking systems for additional safety. If you are searching for a compact, quiet, and efficient winch for your ATV or UTV vehicles, this should be on your list.

What Previous Buyers Said?

All in all, the former buyers of this little X-Bull winch have liked it. The users mentioned that it is very quiet and efficient. 

Also, the availability of both synthetic cable and steel rope version of this product made it a popular one among the past users.


  • Compact, lightweight, yet powerful
  • Easy to install and waterproof 
  • Available with both wire and synthetic rope (Dyneema synthetic cable)
  • Comes with wireless remote control and mounting bracket


  • Nothing major to mention

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ATV Electric Pull X-BULL 3000 Winch Review

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The last X-Bull winch on our review is the smallest of them all. But it packs a lot of power. This particular electric winch from X-Bull comes with a rated line pull of up to 3000 lbs. 

Once again, it is available with both synthetic and steel cable. On top of that, the winch has both wireless and wired remote control for your convenience.

Now, the weight of the synthetic rope winch is 15.77 lbs. and it measures 13 x 9.8 x 7.2 inches. On the opposite, the wire cable version weighs about 18.56 lbs. and it measures almost the same at 13 x 9.8 x 7.4 inches. 

The steel rope one comes with a heavy-duty 4-way roller fairlead. Instead, the synthetic rope version one has an alloy hawse fairlead.

The synthetic rope measures up to 33 feet and 5.5 mm (diameter), whereas the wire rope is about 30 feet and 5.5 mm (diameter). As usual, there is a small difference in the price of these two versions as well.

Both of these winches use a 3-stage planetary gear system, a powerful permanent magnet motor, and an automatic load-holding brake system. 

They also have both the power in and power out for positive load control. You will like the very fast line speed for the price. These winches are built ruggedly, which will allow you to use them in harsh conditions without any issues regarding the performance. 

On top of these, you will get all the mounting accessories with these X-Bull winches as well. All in all, for your overlanding adventures, you can take this winch for your ATV or 4WD vehicles. 

Undoubtedly, this product has a great price to performance ratio.

What Previous Buyers Said?

The buyers of these winces have had mixed feelings about this. A few of them complained that the remote control doesn’t have the power out feature (the winch has both powers in/out). 

However, other than this, most of them stated that it is one of the best winches for small vehicles. Many customers said that this is a value for money winch.


  • Cheap, efficient, lightweight, yet powerful
  • Both Dyneema synthetic cable and steel cable versions
  • Automatic load-holding brake
  • Good waterproof, UV-ray, and corrosion-resistance
  • Free both wireless and wired remote controller


  • The instruction x-bull winch manual should be updated with more detailed information
  • Only power-in function in the wired remote controller

Buying Guide – Review X-Bull Winch

Are X-Bull Winches Any Good?

In short, yes, X-Bull winches are good. The best thing about their winches is the low price. Now, don’t let the low price fool you into thinking that they are supplying low-quality winches. 

Rather, most of the customers have shared positive feedback about the winches. 

X-Bull tries its best to offer inexpensive winches without compromising on quality. So, if you want to get a winch without hurting your wallet, then X-Bull could be your next choice.

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Who Makes X-Bull Winch?

X-Bull winches are made by the brand of the same name X-Bull. The X-Bull brand is an Australia based company. The company was founded 10 years ago. 

For the first 5 years, they had engineered and tweaked their products. After that, they have released their products out in the world. Since then, they have started to gather fans all over the world. 

At the moment, they have 2 warehouses in the USA. However, all of their products are made in Australia. Right now, they offer various kinds of winches, recovery tracks, winch ropes, and numerous off-road auto parts. 

They also offer a good warranty policy and make sure great after-sales service. So, you can rely on X-Bull.

X-Bull Winch vs Smittybilt

We can’t go wrong with both winches. Both winches are sturdy, easy to use, and durable. The Smittybilt is surpassed in durability by our X Bull winch.

It contains two features on which the Smittybilt does not go:

  • overload security
  • dust covers.

Otherwise, they have plenty in common. They are both waterproof, and they have no significant differences in size so installation is not much different.

The Smittybilt winch’s greatest advantage is that it comes with a long rope. But, the difference is less than ten feet. What will most likely matter when driving off-road is its length.

We prefer the X-Bull winches over the Smittybilt. While the Smittybilt offers many benefits, the X-BULL offers extra perks.

Conclusion – X Bull Winch Review

We have reviewed 4 of the most popular winches from X-Bull. From the discussion, you can see that this brand does make affordable yet top-notch winches with great features. 

Also, they are offering electric winches in different capacities as well. So, it will be easier for the buyers to pick one out according to their specific needs. 

As per the previous customers, it is evident that these X-Bull winches offer a great price to quality and performance ratio. So, if you are on a tight budget, and want a high-end winch without breaking the bank, X-Bull winches could be a great option.

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Ferenc Elekes has been a devout Overlanding enthusiast for many years. During that time, Ferenc has explored 75 countries on six continents, with overland travel involved in 40 countries on three continents. From his trusty 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with a roof-top tent, he’s blogged about experiences that can only be found in the remotest regions on Earth. Along the way, he's gained in-depth knowledge of the novel challenges overlanders encounter and practical ways to meet them. On his website, he shares informed opinions about everything from the best overland gear to how to get a vehicle unstuck. Ferenc has also written for Ih8mud, the Expedition Portal, the Overland Journal, and he is often invited as a guest to outdoors-related podcasts.
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