Abu revo winch gen 4 vs revo beast 40.


New Angler
Dec 21, 2018
Whats your thoughts on the comparison of these two ? I have said for a long time I was gong to pick up the winch gen 4 to replace my gen 3. I ended up with beast with the lower gear ratio 0 complaints. Have a shot at another for the same amount of coin as the gen 4. I believe the only down side is it’s a little heavier


Kind of a Big Deal - In My Mind Anyway
Staff member
Dec 19, 2018
40 26.470/73 32.350
Hiya Ken, so as far as I can tell the difference between the two is that the Beast has a pair of larger knobs, a different, supposedly stronger drag arrangement, a slightly deeper spool, and a 5.8:1 gear ratio vs the 5.4:1 of the Winch. It includes a second, single-knob, counter-balanced "power" handle in the box, but its exactly the same length as the double handle, so I don't know what's more "powerful" about it. Oh, plus its got a "SW-friendly" finish. That's all I see for approx. $80 more. I did that same eval and decided on the Winch.

Oh and one advantage of the Winch over the Beast (in my opinion) is that the right side plate is permanently attached to the frame, and just swivels down and out of the way when you need to remove the spool, or access the right side spool bearing. On the Beast that same side plate comes completely off the reel when its time to perform those same procedures. I didn't want that, as there have been reports of owners losing their side plates overboard if they accidentally hit that side plate release tab during fishing. Yeah, that wouldn't be good . . . though in a season of use, I've never came close to hitting that tab, so take this one Winch "advantage" for what its worth. It is important to me, but that 's just me.

What Abu did with these Gen4 Revos is to ditch the delicate aluminum main gear and went back to brass for their gearset, and also they re-did the entire free spool clutch system. Both of those are big welcome changes from the problematic Gen3 series.

Here is Tackle Tour's write up on the Gen4 Beast:

And here's their write-up of the Gen4 Winch:

I have to assume that you saw this thread, immediately above?:

While you're thinking this through - though I love my Winch, for me it would be a tough decision to pick it over the new Shimano Tranx 150 in the 6.3:1 version. If it were available at the time, I might have gone in that direction, vs the Gen4 Winch, even with the un-needed (and unwanted) faster gear ratio. It would have been a hard choice to make.

In any case, here's what my Winch looks like now - its on my cherished DNY Impact H by Capt. Neil (middle setup):


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