GX vs. Elite – A Comparison Guide

GX or Elite - Which winch do I choose?

LSM offer two similar looking yet functionally distinct series of drum anchor winches. Both series offer all machined fittings, twin shaft bearing design, triple sealed bearings, and minimum of 6mm 316 SS construction. Both series feature fully sealed motors in 6061 anodised marine grade alloy, no exposed terminals, no powder coated mild steel, an emergency manual release, and both feature fast drop and retrieve ratings. Both feature models for boats to over 60ft, include our famous 5 + Life Warranty (recreational), have a beautiful high polished finish, and are Manufactured in Australia. So whats the difference?

THE GX SERIES

The GX Series are the standard in rugged anchoring systems. The GX series has been designed and manufactured to be the strongest in structural design, has a wide base, triple sealed twin bearing system, machined & anodised gearbox and bearing collars (wont crack over time like cast alloy), and has been engineered from the ground up to deliver better performance, corrosion resistance, and longevity than other units available. Motors in the GX series have been designed from the ground up exclusively for  LSM drum winches, we own the tooling on these motors. GX motors were created for high efficiency with high speed on the drop and high torque for retrieval, they have tested and certified to IP 68 rating (that’s the highest level of ingress protection on any winch motor) & have been tested to 6,000 standard duty cycles of use. Transmissions are fully manufactured in Italy (not made in China & imported through and Italian company), have no mild steel fittings, and feature marine grade-not industrial grade outputs. They are true industry workhorses & ideal for most boaters who are looking for a reliable, high quality anchoring system without an inflated price tag. GX series winches will drop/retrieve at up to 146ft. in the first minute.

Don’t let the affordable RRP fool you, GX series winches have been created to outperform and outlast virtually any other drum anchor winch made.

Model Spec Max Drop-Retrieval Speed Holding at Anchor Rope/Chain Capacity Recc. Boat Size Packaged Weight (Appr.)
GX1 200mm Drum 24mm Solid Shaft 88mm Gearset 600W Motor 39m/126 ft. p/m 3T 60m x 6mm rope + 5m topshot, 7m x 6mm SL Chain 4.568m 17kg
GX2 250mm Drum 26mm Solid Shaft 88mm Gearset 1000W Motor 42m/142 ft. p/m 3T 90m x 8mm rope 7m x 8mm SL Chain 5-8m 22kg
GX3 300mm Drum 30mm Solid Shaft 98mm Gearset 1500W Motor 42m/142 ft. p/m 3.6T 130m x 8mm rope 10m x 8mm SL Chain 6-9m 32kg
GX4 350mm Drum 37mm Solid Shaft 126mm Gearset 1500W Motor 46m/156 ft. p/m 5.2T 120m x 10mm rope 12m x 8mm SL Chain 8-12m+ 44kg
GX5 Charter King 420mm Drum 37mm Solid Shaft 150mm Gearset 2000W Motor (12v) 2500W Motor (24V) 46m/156ft. p/m 7T 125 m x 12mm rope, 12m x 10mm SL Chain 10-15m+ 60kg
GX6 Jumbo 550mm Drum 55mm Solid Shaft 220mm Gearset 3250W Motor (24v only) 52m/176ft p/m 11T 150m x 20mm Rope 13m x 13mm SL Chain 15-20m+ 130kg

THE ELITE SERIES

The Elite series are a Worlds First & new breed in anchoring systems. Featuring Brush-Less Motor technology and well oversized controllers for longer duty cycles and heavy loads. Brushless motors represent even higher efficiency with larger torque curve drawing miserly 10-20 amp on the drop. Motor controllers are self protecting for the motor and controller itself against voltage drop and overheating. Variable speed function is controlled via multi position momentary toggle at the helm, so the skipper can choose how fast or slow the anchor comes in or goes out instantly. Drop rates are quite fast, up to 250ft. per minute depending on the model. The best part of this system is there are no parts to wear out, being brush-less these motors are ideal for high volume commercial use.  Elite winches feature the highest power density motors on the market with our smallest being 1500W in a relatively small housing. Transmissions are one of a kind 1 piece CNC’d billet aluminum (elite 2-5) and feature high quality Italian Made gear sets and SKS bearings. These transmissions are Made in Australia & assembled in house. Elite Series Winches feature no cast parts and and all 316SS and Anodized 6061 Marine Grade Billet Alloy construction.

Model Spec Max Drop-Retrieval Speed Holding at Anchor Rope/Chain Capacity Recc. Boat Size Packaged Weight (Appr.)
Elite2 250mm Drum 26mm Solid Shaft 88mm Gearset 1500W Output Brushless Motor 55m/180 ft. p/m 3T 90m x 8mm rope 7m x 8mm SL Chain 5-8m 22kg
Elite3 300mm Drum 30mm Solid Shaft 98mm Gearset 1500W Output Brushless Motor 60m/196 ft. p/m 3.6T 130m x 8mm rope 10m x 8mm SL Chain 6-9m 32kg
Elite4 350mm Drum 37mm Solid Shaft 126mm Gearset 2500W Output Brushless Motor (12V)3000W Output Brushless Motor (24V) 65m/213 ft. p/m 5.2T 120m x 10mm rope 12m x 8mm SL Chain 8-12m+ 44kg
Elite5 Charter King 420mm Drum 37mm Solid Shaft 150mm Gearset 2500W Output Brushless Motor (12v)3000W Output Brushless Motor (24V) 65m/213ft. p/m 7T 125 m x 12mm rope 12m x 10mm SL Chain 10-15m+ 60kg
Elite6 Jumbo 550mm Drum 55mm Solid Shaft 220mm Gearset 4500W Output Brushless Motor (24v) *Standard Cast Gearbox 75m/246ft p/m 11T 150m x 20mm Rope 13m x 13mm SL Chain 15-20m+ 125kg
Elite7 Beast 750mm Drum 65mm Solid Shaft Two stage reduction gearbox 4500w Output Brushless Motor 70m/229ftp/m 11T 150 x 25mm Rope 15m x 13mm SL Chain 20m+ 170kg

IN SUMMARY

So, if you’re a recreational/light commercial angler seeking the very best in trouble free anchoring, want something reliable, well engineered that will raise and lower your pick fast, the GX system is for you.

If you are a commercial operator dropping and retrieving several times a day for hundreds of days a year, require fast anchoring in very deep water, want the option of variable speed at the helm or just like having the finest units available then the Elite System if for you.

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