There is a big difference between a winch and a hoist. Most winches have a
"freespool" feature, and believe me, you do NOT want that on your crank up
tower! That invites disaster! N6RK is correct about "Jeep winches"; they
are designed to PULL, not lift. Most winches are for pulling and not
lifting, much less lifting and then suspending a load indefinitely. A few
years ago I looked at almost every winch and hoist available, and decided to
just rework my old Tow-Tec as best I could.
73 Buddy WB4M
> "Jeep" winches have a very low duty cycle and wouldn't
> be suitable for sustained operation to raise/lower a tower.
> They are only designed to get a jeep of a "holler"
> or maybe get a boat in and out of the water.
> The pounds rating is the weight of the jeep, not the cable
> pull. Somewhere it will say "not for overhead lifting".
> Secondarily, although I buy a lot of stuff from HF, I
> wouldn't buy anything from them for an application where
> I couldn't tolerate a catastrophic failure.
> Rick N6RK
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