I think you'll find the things intended for lifting straight up are
referred to as "hoists". That does not mean the manufacturer's legal
dept considers them safe for hanging heavy things over your head.
At 12:13 PM 7/9/2009, Karl Vacek wrote:
>My luck with cheap winches is similar, so I can't offer any help
>there, but I'd be a bit worried about the safety aspect,
>particularly with just any cheap winch (and the cheap cable that
>comes with it) holding a heavy load while people and vehicles pass
>under it. Some are rated for lifting, others only for pulling - I
>believe the difference is in the quality and security (or even the
>existence) of the brake.
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