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Stress Free Marine Pty Ltd (Stress Free Marine) is aware of a “Drum Winch Shootout” video, which has been uploaded on a number of on-line forums.


Stress Free Marine welcomes all fair and reasonable scrutiny and comparison of its products.


We strongly believe, however, that customers should have a “full picture”, so that they can make the best decision about “real world” performance, durability and value.


We have concerns about the way in which the “Drum Winch Shootout” was designed and undertaken, and the way in which it has been reported and described in some forums.


In particular, we are concerned by any suggestions that the testing regime was “independently designed”.  We also don’t agree that the tests conducted provide a complete or accurate measurement or assessment of “real world” performance or durability.


Stress Free Marine is continuing its investigations in the matter, and may make further statements in future.


In the meantime, and for transparency for the consumer, the following points are important to bear in mind:


  • Melbourne Testing Services Pty Ltd (MTS) undertook the testing. We understand that MTS was instructed by its client (Lone Star Marine) on which models of winch it was to test, and on the design of the tests to be undertaken.


  • To our understanding, MTS does not say that the tests were, in its opinion or assessment, the best or most appropriate for assessing “real world” performance and durability.


  • The video does not make clear that some marine drum winches (including Stress Free Marine’s “Mini 50 Standard” model) are designed to “cut out” well before reaching their theoretical maximum “pull weight”, to ensure longevity, and as a safety feature to prevent accidental vessel submersion.


  • The video appears to justify the selection of the winch models on the basis of manufacturers’ recommendations for 6 metre vessels. It does not explain, for example, that Stress Free Marine offers a variety of winch configurations recommended for the same vessel size, each of which has different features and benefits (including the option of a 1,400W motor, in contrast to the 500W motor in the “Mini 50 Standard” model).


Stress Free Marine prides itself on the performance, value, and durability of all of its products.


We welcome any questions consumers may have in respect of the “Drum Winch Shootout”, or our products (including motor drum winches also fit for use by a 6 metre boat that were not tested by MTS).Winch Test Video Full Statement – Stressfree Marine Pty Ltd

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