Carbon 12K 12000lb Electric winch with synthetic rope


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The Carbon Winch is the newest brand on the Australian Market. Backed by KPD Industries, we have spent 4 years developing this product to the point where it is now. We are highly confident it will fit your needs whatever they may be. We have spent time making sure that the little things have been addressed, fully sealed wireless receiver units, not just a split electronics box, rotating ring gear clutch making freespool engagement as easy as it can get, seals on all joins on the winch, making it as resistant to water and dust ingress as possible. Feel free to give us a call to talk about our product. We love it and we hope you will love it as well. Support an Aussie business giving it a go against the big corporates, we've got a lot riding on this product and we hope you can support us by spreading the word about our Carbon Winches. 

  •  Designed by KPD Industries for our harsh Aussie 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
  •  3 position solenoid box mounting bracket
  •  Snatch block pulley included FREE (Greasable pin)
  •  Wireless remote control unit with lanyard- FULLY SEALED RECIEVER UNIT
  •  Rotating ring gear clutch for easy low drag freespool
  •  Electroplated planetary gearsets for long life
  • Now with new Multi Fit Fairlead no need to worry about which suits you bullbar!


  • 5yr Water Ingress Warranty 
  • 5 year electrical warranty on motor / solenoid unit
  • Limited lifetime gear train warranty 
  • Supported nationwide from Melbourne. Fast support via phone or email.


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 an entry level 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 – (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 with a 3 position mounting bracket allowing you to mount the control box over the motor, over the drum or remote mounted on the bull bar.
Handle remote control and wireless remote control

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


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 –


Plug in

CNC Billet Black Plate Hawse Fairlead


Laser Etched Carbon Winches 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 to winch mounts.

Owners Manual



Carbon Winch Hook



Red Hook strap



10Ton Snatch block





Warranty Document – Carbon Winches Recreational Recovery Winches

How to apply for a warranty:

a) Contact the seller of your Carbon Winch to discuss the problem.

b) If your seller deems that the issue with the winch cannot be addressed other than through a
warranty claim, the seller is required to contact Carbon Winches Australia on behalf of the user.

c) Carbon Winches Australia will attempt to identify if the issue can be resolved without seeing the
components in question, or may ask for additional proof such as images or video.

d) If it is deemed that the winch or components are required to be sent back to Carbon Winches
Australia, the customer is to make arrangements to return them to our location at their expense.

e) Once the winch has been returned along with a copy of proof of purchase, Carbon Winches
Australia will assess the warranty claim and provide feedback on a successful or unsuccessful
claim. The winch will be repaired and then arranged to be sent back to the customer. If the work
is covered under warranty Carbon Winches Australia will bear the return shipping cost. If not, the
customer is responsible for return shipping costs.

This warranty is supplied in addition to consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law and
does not exclude them.

Carbon Winches Warranty Summary

  • Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
  • 5 Year Electrical Warranty
  • 5 Year Water Ingress Protection Warranty*(conditions apply)

The warranty applies only to the original purchaser of the winch. When applying for any warranty
service, proof and date of purchase acceptable to Carbon Winches Australia, such as a copy of your
purchase invoice must be supplied. If no such proof can be supplied warranty work will not be
authorised. Any components, labour and other materials required will be quoted and paid in full prior
to any work being conducted on the product in non-authorised warranty situations.

Carbon Winches Australia warrants to the original purchaser of our 4wd recreational electric recovery
winches range that:

a) The mechanical components of the Carbon Winch will be free of defects in materials and
workmanship for the lifetime of the:
a. winch gearbox housing, clutch ring gear, planetary gear sets, driveshaft and brake
b. drum endplates and cross bars
c. winch rope drum

b) That the electrical components including the electric motor and solenoid will be free of defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years.

c) That the wireless remote receiver and transmitter unit will be free of defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of 5 years (battery not included)

d) Winches must always be fitted by a competent person skilled in winch installation. A winch is a
potentially dangerous piece of equipment and must be installed correctly.

The warranty does not cover or apply to:
a) Removal or re-installation of the winch.
b) Shipping costs of the winch to and from Carbon Winches Australia unless otherwise stated at the
time of the warranty claim
c) The finish of the winch
d) The synthetic or wire rope.
e) The winch rubber and urethane seals

The warranty is void if the winch:
a) Is used in any commercial or industrial use or application, or any hoisting application.
b) If the minimum recommended battery size requirements stated for that particular winch are not
adhered to.
c) Winches that have been incorrectly installed or wired.
d) If the winch has been damaged by accident, abuse, misuse, collision, overloading, modification,
misapplication, improper installation or improper maintenance or servicing.

No Carbon Winches Australia dealer, agent or employee is authorised to make any modification,
extension or addition to this warranty.

Carbon Winches Australia reserve the right to change product design without notice. In situations in
which Carbon Winches Australia has changed a product design they shall have no obligation to
upgrade or otherwise modify previously manufactured products.
Water Ingress Protection Warranty

CW-12K Winches dispatched after 24th December 2016 from Carbon Winches Australia will come with
a 5 year Water Ingress Protection Warranty.

This warranty covers:

  • Mechanical components failure due to water ingress of the electric motor, gearbox and brake mechanism.
  • Electrical components failure of the electric motor, wireless receiver unit and electric solenoid unit

What the Water IP Warranty doesn’t cover:

  • The wireless transmitter hand remote control
  • The plug in hand remote control
  • Mounting Bolts
  • Snatch Block
  • Battery Cables and lugs

Conditions of maintaining your Water IP Warranty:
The rubber lip seals on the winch rope drum are a wear item, they are subject to exposure to the
elements and abrasive materials such as mud, sand, salt, dirt and other environmental contaminants
and will wear out with use of your winch.
To maintain your Water IP warranty you are required to replace the drum lip seals every 12 months.
These are available for sale from Carbon Winches Australia for $25 inc shipping Aus wide.
This will ensure that your winch maintains it’s high standard of waterproofing and provide you with
years of hassle free operation. You need to keep proof of purchase of these seals to validate your IP
warranty in the event of a claim.

We highly recommend you download and read the maintenance and first use guideline document
before installing and operating your winch.


Brand Carbon Winches Australia
Shipping Weight 31.0000kg
Shipping Width 0.370m
Shipping Height 0.250m
Shipping Length 0.650m
Shipping Cubic 0.060125m3



By: on 4 October 2017
Great product good quality and awesome service


By: on 29 August 2017
Very happy with it so far


By: on 3 April 2017
I had been tossing up between your winch and a other for about a week than when I got approval from the finance department and went to order it had gone up $50 (I should have asked for forgiveness and not permission) having said all this from order to delivery was very quick i mounted it to a cradle and can use it in the front and rear. I have never needed to winch backwards until I got the cradle set up how it has given me the option and I have used it many times the winch has had a couple of work outs and I'm very happy. And the beer taste really good in your stubby holder. The only negative is not big at all but when using the remote it has a delay of a couple of seconds saying this every winch I have seen with a remote is the same. I would recommend your winch to anyone thank you Danny from Darwin

The best Lowmount Winch i've used!

By: on 30 March 2017
Can't fault the Carbon winch, its light enough to make fitting on you own easy, fast enough to make spooling in or out almost as fast as the extremely easy and smooth free spool but not so fast as to make recoveries unsafe(a slow recovery is a safe recovery). The black design makes it blend into my bullbar nicely so doesn't attract attention from the wrong people but it's still an incredibly good looking winch the design, fit and finish just screams quality it must be to be backed up with a 5yr/5yr/Lifetime warranty. The wireless remote is easy to use(once you read the instructions on the back of it :-) ) and luckily for me floats! The wired handpiece is nice and rubbery with a good solid metal 3-way switch which again feels high quality unlike some with a loose sloppy plastic switch. The standout best features to me are the choice of either standard or offset fairleads an no cost, the brake mechanism which according to the guys at KPD acts on the drive shaft rather than the drum so doesn't heat up the drum if your winching out under load and the black protective sleeve at the drum end of the rope. Not sure if anyone else has noticed but if you spool out to the point where you see this black sleeve you only have 5-6 wraps of rope left so seeing this is a good warning to stop spooling out and use an extension strap if you need the extra length. Finally the service I received from KPD/Carbon winches was great, yes I had to put one on back order and was waiting 4-5wks but after asking around and reading other reviews I thought it was worth waiting for and it was. The guys kept me up to date on delivery time and actually delivered it for free on a Saturday morning as Dan(I believe) was passing anyway. Had a couple of dramas(brain farts) fitting it but 1 phone call at 6pm on the Saturday arvo and Dan talked me through it and I was up and running ready for wheeling Sunday out near Noojee when I had to use it twice to drag my over 3ton GU 30m up a clay track with zero traction and then turn around and do the same for a mate's 105 series which is even heavier! All up the best low mount winch I've used, beats the Warn XD9000 & M10000, Tigerz11 and the 11xp I've used previously hands down!

Better then expected

By: on 16 February 2017
Installed this winch into my WK2 jeep grand Cherokee. I've got to use it on Frasier island and to help a few mates. And it works faultlessly. Love the idea of just turn the remote in and it's ready to go!. Doesn't seem to labour much whatsoever. Very happy!

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