Carbon 12K 12000lb Electric winch with synthetic rope

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Carbon Winches was designed and engineered by an Australian Offroad Business KPD Industries. A 4 year project began in 2012 to build a winch that would surpass all options that were available at the time. The Carbon Winch brand was launched in June 2016 and since then has developed a solid reputation for reliability and toughness being tested in some of the harshest environments in Australia and overseas including Iceland and the Middle East.

Many other products on the market simply didn't cut it in the Australian Outback including some very popular world renowned brands so we built our own. Now is the time to show the world the quality and reliability we have developed. 

  •  Designed by Australian offroad business for our harsh Aussie and international conditions
  •  Fully sealed to resist water, dirt and dust ingress into motor, drum and gearbox mechanisms. 
  •  12000lb fast line pull 216:1 planetary gearset ratio
  •  6.2HP series wound electric motor
  •  5 position solenoid box mounting bracket
  •  Battery Isolator Switch
  •  Wireless remote control unit with lanyard- FULLY SEALED RECIEVER UNIT built into the control box. 
  •  Rotating ring gear clutch for easy low drag freespool
  •  Electroplated planetary gearsets for long life
  • Breather kit pre-fitted to the electric motor
  • Multi Fit Fairlead no need to worry about which suits you bullbar! Simply install as standard fitment or flip over to offset the rope outlet by 20mm. 
  • All internals fully zinc electroplated for corrosion protection.
  • High performance motor brushes with copper impregnated contacts and corrosion plated brush mount. 
  • Bearing supported fully balanced armature for superior performance.
  • Hoist style brake unit mounted to the drum endplate provides superior holding power by braking through the geartrain with no heat generated on drum. No contact to drum no damage to synthetic rope. 
  • 4 position mounting for the control box bracket over the motor or over the drum on top for flat mounting plates or on front of winch for top mounting control box when winch is mounted vertically. Alternatively 700mm cables allow remote mounting of the control box separately to the winch.


  • 5yr Water Ingress Warranty 
  • 5 year electrical warranty on motor / solenoid unit
  • Limited lifetime gear train warranty 
  • Supported worldwide from Australia. 
  • All winches are tested for full function and load prior to packing. We guarantee your winch will be 100% fully operational upon arrival. 


Understanding the tech features of the winch will help you to decide if this winch is suitable for your requirements. From line speed to dimensions all specifications are important in helping you to understand what you are getting.


Carbon Winches 12K Winch is a 12000lb line pull winch and can meet the rugged demands of off-road and utility use in Australian conditions. It is designed to deliver the best value, reliability and service life for a winch user. The main features include:

• 6.2 HP Series Wound motor
• 216:1 ratio 3 stage planetary gearbox
• Automatic brake in the motor housing drum plate provided load holding through the geartrain not directly on the drum – (No heat build up on drum)
• Rotating ring gear freespool clutch assembly which minimises freespool drag and completely eliminates clutch engagement issues.
• Power in and power out via a plug in hand remote or a wireless remote controller. Remote controller has auto off and failsafe operation features built in. The receiver is fully sealed and impervious to water.
• 500amp sealed solenoid unit and wired handle remote control and wireless remote control unit

Part number: CW-12K
Rated line pull: 12000 lbs, (5450 kg) single-line
Motor: 12V DC 6.2HP series wound motor
Remote Control: Remote Switch, 12’ (3.7m) lead.
Wireless Remote Control: Included
Geartrain: 3-Stage Planetary.
Gear Ratio: 216:1
Clutch (freespooling): Rotating Ring Gear
Brake: Full load automatic brake installed in the motor housing end plate. No heat on drum.
Drum Diameter/Length: 2.5’’/8.8’’ (64mm/224mm)
Synthetic Rope: 24m x 10mm diameter
Fairlead: CNC billet alloy black anodised with laser etched logo
Recommended Battery: 650 CCA minimum for winching
Mounting Bolt Pattern: 10’’ x 4.5’’ ( 254mm x 114.3 )
Winch Dimensions ( L x W x H ): 21.7'' x 6.3'' x 6.8'' (552 x 160 x 172mm )
Packing Dimensions( L x W x H ): 24.2x 14.5' x 9.8' ( 615 x 370 x 250mm )
Winch weight with synthetic rope attached: 19.5kg

Winch weight including synthetic rope, control box complete with cables, mounting bolts & fairlead: 23.45kg 

PLEASE NOTE: The product video shows a snatch block pulley. This product is an optional extra and is NOT included in the winch package. 


12V DC performance specs (first layer of drum)

Line Pull

Line Speed


Pull by layer



70 amps

1/12,000 (5450)

2000 (910)

11.5 (3.5)

130 amps

2/9800 (4450)

4000 (1810)



3/8300 (3770)

6000 (2720)

7.9 (2.4)


4/7200 (3270)

8000 (3630)

6.9 (2.1)

265 amps


10000 (4540)

5.6 (1.7)

320 amps


12000 (5450)

4.6 (1.4)

390 amps


Carbon Winch 12k – Package contents included in purchase price




Carbon Winch CW-12K


24x10mm Synthetic Dyneema Rope

Control box 500amp


1pc 500A solenoid and battery cables + wireless remote

1 x long black battery cable

Hand remote control & Wireless remote control


Plug in and wireless operation

CNC Billet Black Plate Hawse Fairlead


Laser Etched Carbon Winches reversible Fairlead

Hardware bag


4 pieces for mounting winch and 2 pieces for mounting fairlead on separate fairlead mount. 2 x extra long winch mounting bolts for mounting fairlead through to winch mounts.

Owners Manual



Carbon Winch Hook Kit



Red Hook strap



Electrical Cut out isolator switch Kit





Brand Carbon Offroad
Shipping Weight 29.0000kg
Shipping Width 31.000m
Shipping Height 0.250m
Shipping Length 0.650m
Shipping Cubic 0.060125000m3
Assembled Width 0.370m


By: on 18 August 2019
Very happy with product, it’s at least 15kg lighter than my previous winch. That takes a bit of stress of the front end. It’s also better made,with available spare parts in Australia which makes life easier not having to contact Japan or China for repairs or spare parts.

Great winch

By: on 16 January 2019
Finally got to use the carbon winch in tassie. Awesome bit of recovery gear!

Long term review - over 2 years with a 12,000lb Ca

By: on 25 September 2018
My name is Tony Vaughan and I run All Tracks 4WD Training and Tours out of Cairns in FNQ. I believe that I was one of the first commercial operators to run a Carbon Winch on a vehicle used for Training and Tours. I see that Tim Bates from my old stomping ground on the Mornington Peninsula has also grabbed the opportunity to experience a Carbon Winch. I spoke with Dan Kozaris when I enquired about the Carbon Winch and his assurance, confidence in the product and his expertise helped me make up my mind. The winch has, in reality, worked solidly for 2 years but possibly done 4 years worth of normal 4WD work. I utilise the winch as part of the training scenarios, not just winching vehicles but also moving tree's. I live in Cairns, the tropics are cruel on equipment, 3 months of monsoonal wets and heat and humidity each year take a toll on any equipment, especially electrical items. The winch has been used in all sorts of recoveries, sand, rock, and black soil, this bottomless goo not only strains equipment it gums up everything. The Carbon winch did close to 30 double pull recoveries (snatch block) to move 3 vehicles that often sank to the floor pans of the dual cabs plus a 2-tonne dual axle trailer which we disconnected to un bog... In places, we needed to winch vehicles sideways to get them around trees. So how did the Carbon Winch go? It worked and worked. we did run a duty cycle to ensure that the battery could hold up, this also helped keep the winch cool, but with the automatic brake in the motor housing drum plate, there was no, or little heat-build up on drum which is vital with Dyneema or plasma rope. So why am I writing this update? I have just pulled the winch out and sent it back to Carbon Winch at KPD in Victoria to do a winch service. I am also replacing the rope which has worked hard and has faded over the past couple of years (we get lots of sunshine up this way). Carbon Winch offers this service to ensure that their product is the best it can be. It also enables them to see any potential problems, failure, wear and tear to go with their industry best warranty. I look forward to having my winch serviced and I am sure that it will be on the front of my vehicle for the next few years. Thanks to Carbon Winches, KPD Industries and especially Dan for the excellent product and service.

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