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Designed primarily for the ATV, Polaris, Yamaha UTV vehicles this ATOM winch is capable of being used in the most demanding conditions.

The ATOM is an excellent choice for high speed and power when it comes to the best competition single motor electric winch for your ATV vehicle.

RED Winches has designed and developed this high performance winch for 4x4 competition use and serious motorsport events.

All products at RED winches have been through an extensive design and testing program before going on sale so you can use all our winches with confidence they will not let you down.


30M/MIN (12V ON 12V BOW 2)
60M/MIN (24V ON 12V BOW 2)

1500KG (12V ON 12V BOW 2)
2000KG (24V ON 12V BOW 2)

For your UTV or possibly a center winch, this winch can easily get you out of trouble very quickly, quietly and with minimum effort time and time again.

The winch body is CNC machined from high grade heat treated aluminium from solid billets. We only use the best machine tools and machining processes to ensure stress is kept to a minimum and strength to its maximum. With its patented air free spool and brake system the ATOM offers something previously unavailable on a winch to the off-road and motorsport sectors.


ATOM winch Anodised RED, with ‘Patented’ air brake system
Air Switch for free-spool and solenoid for brake operation built (to be mounted seperatly next to winch)
Albright Heavy Duty Solenoids x 1
Hard Anodised Aluminium fairlead (Included with Price)
As with all our winches, the ATOM winch does not come with a rope, this has to be purchased separately.


Spring pressure applies a steel disc to the brake material when the winch is not in use.

This applies the brake and stops the winch from spooling out.

When you winch in or out you energise your Albright solenoids this also energises the air solenoid valve for the brake. This then allows air to go into a specially designed chamber that releases the brake instantly. When you remove your winching finger from the controls the air solenoid dumps the air and the springs apply the brake disc onto the brake pads. We can vary the number of springs in the brake to suit the weight of the vehicle if necessary but so far this has not be needed. More springs equals larger braking force but more abrupt stopping which can cause snatching which we do not recomend.

One nice feature is when you are lowering out you can switch your isolator off to the winch (no power to the motors) and just flick the winch out button on your dash. This fires the air solenoid and releases the brake and your vehicle only pulls out rope for the amount of drop your vehicle needs or moves. This means compared to normal winching you do not get overrun or excess rope causing snatching and jerking as the vehicle takes up the slack rope that has been spooled out. This design has been submitted for full patent and is currently protected and patent pending.

We would expect a set of brake pads to last at least 2 seasons due to the material they are made from.

Brake pad sets and all spare parts can be ordered if needed.


A piston on the end of the winch housing moves a large dog clutch in and out.

The winch is always engaged under spring pressure until air pressure is applied which pulls back the dog clutch and allows the drum to freely rotate.

When the air is off the spring will re-engage the dog clutch.

The drive is provided by a large splined drive shaft.

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Machined in our UK factory from solid billet high grade aluminium.

Designed and engineered to meet the most demanding conditions worldwide.


This winch is part of a range of winches produced by RED Winches Ltd that are designed for high speed and high power. This winch will pull rope onto its drum quickly and with power. If operated without care and attention this winch could easily damage fingers, hands and in some cases eyesight.

The winch is powered by DC voltage, in most cases 12v, but also 24v systems can be used to power the winch. The current draw on this DC voltage can be high so care and attention must be taken when operating the winch that the electrical power to the motors is not exposed to the operator.
The winch should only be operated by a person who has been authorised to do so or has been trained and responsible to operate it safely.



Ensure all fasteners and connections are adequately connected or secured before using the winch
Maintain the equipment in good condition (use an authorised servicing agent if required)
Replace or repair damaged parts.
Use genuine parts only. Unauthorised parts may be dangerous and will invalidate any warranty.
Use a qualified person to lubricate if required and maintain the equipment.
Before use, ensure all parts are clean and free of contamination / dirt.
DO NOT use solvent cleaners to clean this winch

Use the equipment in a suitable work or operational area, keep winching controls clean and tidy and free from contaminating materials, and ensure that there is adequate lighting while setting and operating the winch.

Keep the winch and winch rope clean for best and safest performance.
The maximum line load is 4500kg.
DO NOT exceed this rated capacity.

When operating remove any ill-fitting clothing. Remove ties, watches, rings and other loose jewellery, and contain long hair.
Maintain correct balance and footing, do not over reach. Ensure the floor / ground is not slippery and wear appropriate footwear.
Before using the winch check that there are no overhead or surrounding obstructions.
The speed during operation must be kept steady and constant.

DO NOT generate sudden movements or shock loads.
DO NOT use the winch for a task it is not designed to perform.
DO NOT use the equipment if damaged.
DO NOT exceed the rated capacity of the equipment.
DO NOT use the equipment when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating medication.
DO NOT allow untrained persons to use the equipment unsupervised
DO NOT attempt to transport a load outside JLR designated safe load / unload areas.
DO NOT make any modifications to the equipment

DO NOT operate the winch and handle the synthetic rope without approved
winching gloves and appropriate PSE

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  • Installing a Hornet - What I Need to Know

    These notes are supplied to allow you to install and operate the Hornet winch in a safe, efficient and correct way. If these notes are followed you will have problem-free winching for many years.

    Important note:
    If the instructions are not followed this may lead to poor performance, damage to the winch and possible damage to your vehicle. The electrical elements of the winch are not covered by the warranty. Likewise damage caused by poor installation is not covered.

    Electrical Setup
    The Hornet is a high performance winch that delivers both speed and pulling power, demanding high current from the batteries. Because of this, the electrical setup on your vehicle must be well maintained, efficient and of adequate capacity to cope with the demands this winch will place on it. The following are a few points you must check / follow:

    1. The main earth connection for the winch motors must go to the batteries and not to the frame of your vehicle.
    2. The earth connections for the Albright solenoids must not come from the winch motor earth connection.
    3. The positive connection for the motors must come to the winch via an isolation switch rated to at least 750A.
    4. The positive switching for the Albright solenoids must not be taken from the positive supply to the winch. It must be separate from the battery. Ideally from a battery not used for the winch.
    5. The power cables for the motors (Earth & Positive) must have a minimum cross sectional area (CSA) of 70mm². Ideally you should use high capacity / high efficiency/ low resistance cables.
    6. All cable lugs should be crimped with a proper crimping tool, to keep losses to a minimum, maximize performance and reduce voltage drop.
    7. If the winch is to be used in the wet / under water the breathers on the top of the solenoid valves
    8. (brake and Freespool) must be replaced with 6mm tube running to a high point on your vehicle

    12v or 24v System
    The Hornet winch is designed for a 12v supply voltage to the motors. The motors we use are rated at 12vDC. Some owners run 24vDC on their vehicles for their winches.
    The Hornet motors can run on 24vDC and will provide you with a really strong fast winch and we have had some great results from the 24v system. However, as mentioned before we do not warranty the electrical side of the winch for 2 years like we do with the mechanical so you have to be sure your 24v setup is correct before attempting to run the winch on it. We recommend periodically checking and cleaning of the brushes on each winch motor. If running on 24V through 12V motors, we recommend checking the brushes, and cleaning the brush end cap after each event.

    12v Heavy Duty Albright Solenoids
    The Hornet winch comes with our unique ‘Heavy Duty’ Albright solenoids. These can cope with 1000A and have a stronger spring inside to ensure better contact times and more sustained power through the internal contact tips.
    WARNING: The Albright solenoid signal wires run on 12v not 24v. Applying 24v to these units can damage them and affect the performance of your winch.

    Gear Ratios
    The winch can be supplied with standard or overdrive gear sets. The Standard set gives you a fast winch that pulls in 30m of rope in around 28secs when operating from a 12v supply. The overdrive gear set will give you another 20% increase in speed and in practice with a good installation, can bring in 30m of rope in 23secs when operating from a 12v supply.

    Servicing and Maintenance
    The end covers on each end of the winch are easily removed with a 5mm & 4mm Allen key.
    After prolonged underwater or wet muddy conditions the winch must be inspected for water ingress in both the gearbox and Freespool chambers. The grease must be replaced every 3 months if the winch is constantly being used in wet conditions.
    The grease must be replaced every year under normal conditions. Under constant severe wet and muddy conditions the seals on the bearings supporting the winch drum must be removed and the bearings re-greased after every couple of events to ensure the life of the bearings.

    We recommend Castrol Spherol L-EP 2 or BP Energrease LS-EP 2 grease.
    Waterproof grease can also be used but is expensive.
    As long as the grease is a medium viscosity and has high load characteristics you will be OK.
    On a cleaned and totally dry gearbox spraying a coating of motorcycle chain lube over the gears helps as it stays on the gears during their first use reducing initial dry rubbing.

    Winch Tray
    Your winch tray must be of sound condition and securely attached to your truck. These winches can pull over 5000kg so you need to ensure it isn’t going to leave the front of your truck when under load.
    The thickness of the winch tray is also important. We have shown in operation that the plates in the tray supporting the winch must have a minimum thickness of 8mm, ideally 10mm and be flat within 0.25mm.

    If you are mounting the Hornet on the bottom and front in the winch tray one very important factor is to ensure that these surfaces are exactly 90 degrees / square to each other. If not when you bolt the winch in you can affect the winch performance and Freespool. You can under certain conditions damage the winch if used under load when the mounting surface are not flat or square to each other.

    If in doubt please consult your local RED Winch partner or buy from a reputable winch tray / bumper supplier that has winch trays specifically for the Hornet or Trydent.

    Equipment Damage
    Report any damage immediately it is noticed, especially damage to the rope, which should replaced at once. In the interim do not use the winch. We cannot be responsible for damage if the winch was continued to be used.


    1. Always leave the drum and rope neatly spooled after use
    2. After a prolonged dirty wet winch session clean and wash the rope and also check gearbox and Freespool chambers for water ingress.
    3. Never attempt to disengage the Freespool whilst the winch is under load.
    4. Do not operate the winch for more than 2 minutes with the engine off and under load as it will flatten your batteries.
    5. Store the winch in gear (Freespool locked) when not in use.
    6. If the winch overloads, i.e. it stops under load, release the control button immediately and assess the situation otherwise you will damage the motors.


  • Are RED Winches USA customer focused...

    YES......RED Winches USA

    Our whole business has been built on supplying what the customer needs at a price that is fair to the performance you receive.

    This involves a few basics

    • Listening to the needs and wishes of our customers to deliver customer focused solutions and products
    • Ensuring the products we deliver are to the higest possible standards we can achieve
    • Reacting in good time when a customer requests help or advice
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