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Unique Features

The Portable Winch Co. winches offer unique features to users. Take a few minutes to discover them and find out why they are so popular!


Due to their light weights, you will be able to bring your winch wherever you need it. Simply carry it with the polyester sling around your shoulder or in one of the optional carrying case. You never know when it might come in handy!


The PCW5000 Portable WinchTM will pull 1000 kg (2200 lb) single line. If you need to pull extremely heavy loads, you can use pulleys to create a block and tackle system. With two (2) double pulleys, you'll be able to reach an amazing 4000 kg (8800 lb) of pulling capacity! See our Tips and helpful advice section to find out more!


There is no fixed link to a vehicle; therefore you can take the winch anywhere. Tether it to any solid object: a tree, a post, a rock or even to the ball hitch of your vehicle with the included polyester sling or one of our many anchoring accessories.


The HondaTM engines have proven to be the most reliable engines on the market. Even if you have not used your winch for a long period of time, you can count on the HondaTM technology to give you power when you need it. Whether it's in intense cold or heat, the engine will start!


Optimizing your use in 4 steps:
• Anchor winch Simply using the polyester sling .
• Run the rope 3 or 4 laps around the drum.
• Start the engine.
• Pull .

You 'll soon become a PRO !
The principle is simple, the capstan winches do not accumulate rope on the drum. They use the friction caused by the turns of rope as the capstan drum rotates. So you precisely control the charging progress by giving more or less tension on the rope at the exit of the winch.


The Portable WinchTM uses a low-stretch synthetic rope. The rope is lightweight, inexpensive and is available in different lengths. If the rope ever breaks or unhooks from the load, it will not whip back strongly to the winch operator, as a wire rope would. Also, a wire rope has to be wound evenly on a drum to avoid being caught between strands and requires constant tension on the line to avoid making a ‘rat’s nest’. Wire rope will also pigtail and kink, and feel like barbed wire after misuse. Double-braided polyester rope will stretch only 12% at rupture (compared to 22% for steel), so whiplash is minimal.


As our winches are small, they can be brought everywhere and in all circumstances. Consider the hunter who must fly to reach its favorite territory or the grower looking for a tool easily ranking in his truck. Regardless of the model, it is compact convenience.


To anchor your Portable WinchTM, simply hook the heavy-duty sling to the safety hooks at the rear of the winch. If you plan to anchor it to your vehicle’s ball hitch, order either the optional hitch plate which slides onto the ball’s neck or the winch support plate that will fit into a 50 mm (2'') hitch. Two Portable WinchTM exclusive features.


One of the biggest advantages of our system is there is no limit to the rope length you can use. Whether you need 5 m (15') or 200 m (600'), you can use as much rope as your job requires with our Portable Winches. A standard drum winch will have a fixed wire rope length (usually 22 m (75’) for electric winches) which is dictated by how much rope the drum will hold.


With the PCW5000 Portable Capstan WinchTM, you also get your work done quickly, at the speed you choose. At the maximum pull rate of 1000 kg (2200 lb), your winching speed will be approximately 7.5 m/min (25 feet/minute). If you pull a 682 kg (1500 lb) load, you will be winching at a speed close to 12 m/min (40 feet/minute). You can also adjust the throttle on the HondaTM engine, to regulate speed and power.

Add extra speed! For applications requiring a lower pull rate and higher speed, the 85 mm (3-3/8'') capstan drum will bring max speed to about 18 m/min (60 feet/minute), and lower the maximum load pull to about 635 kg (1400 lb).

You could also choose the PCW5000-HS high-speed version. For applications such as pulling wire through conduits, fiber optic, skidding small logs or hauling game, etc. you can take advantage of this unique winch that offers a top speed of 36 m/min (120 feet'/min)!


The rope does not accumulate on the Portable WinchTM drum, it only goes through it. On a standard winch, the diameter of the drum increases as the rope accumulates. Since the winch’s power is in direct relation with the drum size, it is not unusual for a standard winch to lose 50% of its power (sometimes even more!) when the drum is near capacity. And because most winches are rated for 1st layer pulling, a winch rated at 909 kg (2000 lb) will only deliver 454 kg (1000 lb) (or less) when the drum is full. Our Portable Capstan Winches deliver their full pulling power anytime, all the time.


When using an electric winch, it is recommended that you pull during 1 minute maximum and then let it cool down for 4 minutes or damage can occur to the motor winding. Therefore, if you are pulling at a speed of 6 m/min (20 feet per minute), pulling a log that is at a 100 feet distance 30.5 m (100 feet) will take you 25 minutes with an electric winch. With our Portable WinchTM, you don’t have to stop to let it rest. It’s built to work full time, all day long. So the same log will come in 2-1/2 minutes… Something to think about…


Lighter + Powerful + Portable + Reliable + Tough + Simple + Safe + Safe + Compact + Various anchors + Unlimited rope length + Fast + True power + Continuous usage = SMARTER