Can handle up to 2,000 pounds. Uses a metallic bronze powder-coated finish that will stand up to rough conditions. With lubricated driveshaft bearings, the winch will last a long time. Offers a smooth cranking process.
A little more expensive than some other hand crank winch options.
Ships with a 20-foot strap, which adds to the good value you'll receive from this winch. Uses a zinc-plated finish that ensures resistance to corrosion. Oil bearings ensure a smooth performance. Will handle heavy-duty jobs with a 1,500-pound limit.
Thinner materials in the winch may not give you the kind of longevity you need from this tool.
Delivers more lifting capability than most hand crank winches at up to 3,000 pounds. Materials consist of zinc-plated steel, so you can be certain they will last in tough or wet conditions. One-piece gear ensures the winch will work a long time.
Has a higher price point than some other options, but it does include a strap.
Delivers a smooth cranking experience so you can raise and lower your items safely. Small sized and lightweight hand winch that will fit well in tight spaces. With 800 pounds of lifting power, it will meet the needs for average-sized jobs well.
A little smaller than some other options, which is disappointing considering its price point.
Uses a zinc-plated finish to resist corrosion, even when being used in wet conditions. Ratchet is easy to use. Popular model because of its low price and easy-to-use design. Will deliver a smooth level of cranking ability to ensure you can lift your gear safely.
Limited to 600 pounds of lifting capacity. Only works as a one-way ratcheting winch.
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If you find yourself frequently needing to lift heavy objects, a hand winch is a good tool to have. It’s a device with a handle and a spool that has a thick cable with a hook at the end. You hook the cable onto the heavy item, crank the handle, and the rope pulls it up. Probably the biggest consideration when buying a hand winch is the weight it can handle. Heavy-duty winches can take up to 12,000 lbs., but most do 2000 lbs. or less. Most have a finish that’s meant to prevent corrosion. Some, but not all, hand winches include the cable. If you use a winch frequently, make sure to get one with an ergonomic handle.
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