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Old 18 February 2014, 07:59   #1
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Disturbing markings

Last season the strop on my winch broke on the final recovery, just in time some might say. Last weekend I finally got a look at it and decided that the winch assembly was due for renewal and decided to remove and replace the whole unit. On removal, I was examing the makers marks and noted that it was rated to 2500lbs , made in Nebraska USA and somewhat disturbingly, apparantly, according to the spec, NOT FOR MOVING HUMANS!!!!

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Old 18 February 2014, 08:31   #2
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litigation these daysi bet they are just covering the proverbial ass
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Old 18 February 2014, 08:34   #3
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there goes that new business venture then.....
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Old 18 February 2014, 11:32   #4
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NOT FOR MOVING HUMANS!!!!
They all say that. Presumably you are moving a boat instead
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Don't know about the Nebraska part, but the "Not for moving humans" thing is a standard disclaimer here in the US. We have certifying agencies for webbing products that are used for lifting people; the disclaimer [theoretically] prevents lawsuits from those misusing products (i.e. winching a person up using a boat winch.) Doesn't mean it won't do it, just that the manufacturer isn't liable if it happens to fail while you are attempting to.

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Old 18 February 2014, 12:41   #6
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On a similar note have a look at your road tyres mine are 265/75/16 and it says only to be fitted on 16 " rims
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Old 18 February 2014, 12:46   #7
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Same here in the EU. Lifting equipment for lifting people has very different safety margins and rules under LOLER. Most industrial lifting and winching kit then has something similar on it (or in its certs/paperwork) to get them out of needing to comply with the more strenous stuff.
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Old 18 February 2014, 13:31   #8
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Yup, that's normal Panic ye not!

Your winch is likely made by Fulton or Dutton-Lainson. They're the most common boat trailer winches in the UK and both are manufactured in the US, hence the rating in pounds and the disclaimer.
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slightly different note, i had an icom m31 (i think) which had a plate on it saying not intended for distress and safety purposes - even though the instructions gave clear details about making a mayday call!
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and watch out - that packet of dry roasted peanuts you are eating may contain nuts.....
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