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Differences Between Winches and Hoists

A winch is a crank mechanism that pulls loads from side to side, and a hoist is a device that lifts loads up and lowers them down. Winches and hoists might seem like similar pieces of equipment to use on the job, but these tools aren’t capable of handling the same tasks. Using one in place of another could jeopardize the stability of a moving load, which is why knowing the specific differences between winches and hoists is crucial for every crew.    What Is a Winch? Winches are tools that pull weight across leveled or slightly angled areas by winding the cables or rope of a winch drum. Winches are broken down into classes such as: Manual Winch Manual […]