Black Diamond Vehicle Components (BDVC), distributors of Superwinch winches in South Africa, has launched the Talon 12500 winch with steel cable, rated at a line pull of 9,500lbs (4,309 kgs).

The Talon has a sealed 5.2 hp (3.8 kw) series wound motor and 2-stage planetary and 2-stage spur gearing. It has an automatic 100% load-holding brake (outside of drum) and heavy duty 4-Way roller fairlead with stainless steel rollers.

Leonard Chester, a director of BD Components, explained that Superwinch wanted the Talon Series to be fully capable of using synthetic rope. To do this meant moving the heat-inducing brake out of the drum that stores the rope.  The solution is a gearbox end-mounted brake that keeps heat away. The initial Talon launch will only offer steel rope.

“The Talon features a hybrid spur and planetary gearbox that is capable of producing amazing torque while it pushing the rated load. As serious as Superwinch takes brake heat, another difference between wire cable and synthetic rope is what it can do to a drum.”

“The lower friction coefficient allows the rope to dive down between layers with ease putting more load on drum flanges and the drum tube.  To counter this, Superwinch has fabricated the Talon’s drums from steel with increased wall thickness for added strength.”

“Because solenoids are critical to a high-performing winch, Superwinch created their own high-performance VS4 solenoid that is sealed, 3-point stance stabilised, and Gore valve vented,” he said. “When your winching falls after dark, the Talon has a remote with LED lighting and a smart coil cord for fast unpacking and clean up.