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Old 31 August 2015, 16:20   #11
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I used to have a SWB series 3 with a capstan winch run off the bottom pulley, great bit of kit & more useful than the modern drum winches imho. I wish I'd never sold the bugger
Enlighten me, I've had a capstan on a series and also owned, sold and used many,many elec and hydraulic winches over the last 25 years, but never found a capstan superior on any level to a modern winch - am I missing something?
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Thanks black pig! Thats some great reading.
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Enlighten me, I've had a capstan on a series and also owned, sold and used many,many elec and hydraulic winches over the last 25 years, but never found a capstan superior on any level to a modern winch - am I missing something?
Use just about any rope, of any length. Variable speed if you know how to use 'em. Not battery dependant, no heat issues when used over long periods etc etc.
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Use just about any rope, of any length. Variable speed if you know how to use 'em. Not battery dependant, no heat issues when used over long periods etc etc.

Yup as long as the engine is running you can winch 👍
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Electric winches just look WRONG on a series.

The PTO drum winches are good but very big and heavy.
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Use just about any rope, of any length. Variable speed if you know how to use 'em. Not battery dependant, no heat issues when used over long periods etc etc.
Maybe not battery dependant but definably engine dependant!
Any rope? Not sure about that – as you know capstans utilise friction to grip the rope, friction = heat and combined with nylon / poly rope and long periods??? Your also are VERY reliant on a proficient operator and no ‘over-wraps’ which are great fun when there’s load on the rig. If your solo, your motors stuck and you need to ‘drive assist’ whilst winching that’s also interesting with a capstan………………………

Capstans have there uses but are old last century technology, engineering moves on, compact, powerful, braked, wireless winches running synthetic lines , when was the last time you saw a capstan fitted to a modern vehicle?
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Use just about any rope, of any length. Variable speed if you know how to use 'em. Not battery dependant, no heat issues when used over long periods etc etc.
imho not 100% factually correct
Lifes all one big learning curve
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imho not 100% factually correct
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So which bit is wrong?
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So which bit is wrong?
All depends on your perspective............... Wouldn’t our days be boring if we all came to the same conclusions!! lol
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