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    portable chainsaw winches (capstain)

    Can anyone with rigging experience comment on a portable capstan winch for recovery purposes, I understand how useful capstan winches are as we had them at work to haul cable through underground conduits, but the one Im interested in is so much smaller.

    you would secure the winch to a tree or other suitable anchor and attach the pull line to a recovery point. They are used in forestry to pull logs, and the yanks use them to haul game to their trucks.

    I think its a bloody good idea, esp if you already carry a chainsaw, Im assuming dyneema would be ok with a capstan as I guess thats what they use on yachts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    Can anyone with rigging experience comment on a portable capstan winch for recovery purposes, I understand how useful capstan winches are as we had them at work to haul cable through underground conduits, but the one Im interested in is so much smaller.

    you would secure the winch to a tree or other suitable anchor and attach the pull line to a recovery point. They are used in forestry to pull logs, and the yanks use them to haul game to their trucks.

    I think its a bloody good idea, esp if you already carry a chainsaw, Im assuming dyneema would be ok with a capstan as I guess thats what they use on yachts.


    all fun and games until the line goes slack unexpectedly or you tip it just the wrong way.

    good idea tho, just have to be wary of its short comings and safety implications, like the chaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    Can anyone with rigging experience comment on a portable capstan winch for recovery purposes, I understand how useful capstan winches are as we had them at work to haul cable through underground conduits, but the one Im interested in is so much smaller.

    you would secure the winch to a tree or other suitable anchor and attach the pull line to a recovery point. They are used in forestry to pull logs, and the yanks use them to haul game to their trucks.

    I think its a bloody good idea, esp if you already carry a chainsaw, Im assuming dyneema would be ok with a capstan as I guess thats what they use on yachts.

    I'd reckon you'd destroy the saws AV mounts trying to pull a vehicle.
    Some heavy handed buggers wreck them with a bar pinch, so a 4WD would be odds on to destroy them, let alone the rest of the saw as the tank/rear handle on a modern saw is glass impregnated industrial nylon and the case magnesium.

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