I was WRONG about HF calling them all winches. Just went through a current
HF catalog and sure enough they have hoists and winches. The hoists
obviously look like they're intended to be mounted to lift, while the
winches look like winches. Also, they now don't have the warning they used
to include about pulling vs lifting.
Sorry for the misinformation I put out, and thanks, Steven, for teaching me
about that !!
>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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