Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Specs

Rated capacity 4500 lbs. @ ft/min
Max GVWR 3000 lbs.
Power 1.6 HP 12V Electric
Model number TS-4500-XT
Weight 18 lb
Line 50' 3/16" Synthetic
Size None" X None" X None"
Attributes Electric Not Waterproof Wireless Synthetic
Price @Amazon

Last updated: Feb 23, 2019

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Max Weight Capacity ↑TOP

Maximum Vehicle Weight

You need a winch with a capacity of at least: 6750 Pounds

With your GVWR of 4500 pounds this winch is strong enough for your vehicle. This winch's capacity is times your GVWR.

Manufacturers recommend a winch capacity 1.5-2 times your GVWR.

Winch Pulling Power vs. Cable Layers

In our chart, you can see that this winch, like all winches, is more powerful with fewer wraps of cable on the drum.

If you need more pulling power, use a winch anchor that's further away or use a snatch block.

More spooled out winch line = More pulling power!

Safety issue! The first layer should always have at least 5 wraps of cable on the winch drum when the winch is under load.

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Pulling Power per Cable Layer


Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Pulling Power per Cable Layer
Cable Layers Pounds
1 lbs.

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Winch Lines ↑TOP

In the next chart, we look at when different winch line configurations will break when you use the Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT.

Stock winch line: 50' 3/16" diameter Synthetic

Winch lines break because they get overloaded.

Synthetic winch lines have higher breaking strengths than steel for a given diameter.

Some wheelers switch their winch line - some go up a size in synthetic (i.e. 5/16" to 3/8") to get more strength. Others will go down a size (i.e. 3/8" to 5/16") to get extra length while choosing a synthetic winch rope that has at least as much strength as the factory steel cable.


  • If you're really stuck, help your winch motor and winch line by either digging/moving dirt or repositioning your rig with a Hi-Lift Jack.
  • A double winch line using a snatch block is much safer (though slower) than a single winch line.
  • Use a winch line damper.

Winch Line Breaking Strength vs. Your GVWR

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Power ↑TOP

Power Type Electric
Motor Voltage 12V
Gear Ratio 166:1
Gear system
Fastest linespeed ft/min pulling lbs.
Slowest linespeed ft/min pulling lbs.

We recommend electric winches for most fourwheelers.

Electric winches will work without the engine running, which may be necessary in certain situations like a rollover or with a water-flooded engine.

Winch Load vs. Motor Amperage and Line Speed


Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Line Speed and Amp Draw Under Load
Load Linespeed Amp draw

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Control ↑TOP


Wired remote?
Wired remote lead length 12'
Wireless remote?
Wireless remote distance 60'

Winches come with a wired remote, a wireless remote, or both.

Wireless remotes work at a further distance than wired remotes, and have no cables that get snagged. You do need to make sure that the batteries have a charge.

Control Pack

Control pack type Solenoid
Control pack pin count None

Your winch remote actually controls a control pack that uses either solenoids or contactors.

Solenoids are older technology, so you find them on older and budget winches.

Contactor packs are newer technology and are found on newer winches.

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Dimensions ↑TOP


Length None"
Depth None"
Height None"
Weight 18 lb

Read more about how winch line and fairleads affect the weight of your winch.


Fairlead type Aluminum hawse
Fairlead mount distance

You can use an aluminum hawse fairlead ONLY with synthetic winch rope. Steel winch cable will destroy an aluminum hawse.

You can use a steel roller fairlead with steel winch cable or synthetic winch rope.

However, note that every winch rope manufacturer DOES recommend that you switch to an aluminum hawse. This is likely because used steel roller fairleads often have gouges and burrs that can damage a synthetic winch rope.


Mounting pattern
Foot orientation
Motor clockable?
Gearbox clockable?

Read more about foot-forward vs. foot-down winch mounting.

Read more about winch clocking.

Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Details ↑TOP


Finish Black
Made in China

In the Box

  • Winch
  • Winch hook
  • Mounting hardware
  • Battery cables
  • Aluminum hawse fairlead
  • Wired remote
  • Wireless remote
  • Universal mounting plate


Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Installation ↑TOP



Tuff Stuff Xtreme 4500 Winch TS-4500-XT Manual and Parts List ↑TOP