Q: What is a capstan?
A: A "capstan" is a pulling machine that works by wrapping a piece of rope around a rotating
cylinder. "Capstans" are different from "winches" because the rope used for pulling with a
a capstan is not wound onto and off a spool as it is a winch. Capstans are also called windlasses.
Q: Can a capstan rope winch pull a truck?
A: The worst stuck we have been able to find so far for field testing is a 1 ton
4WD pickup full of wood, mired in a muddy field and dug in up to the axles, with
one wheel wedged against a stump. We were able to pull it out (straight line)
with a CAPSTAN Rope Winch that only had 2/3's of the power of the units that
we eventually put on the market.
Q: Are capstan rope winches a quality product?
A: They are manufactured in USA. They are of all metal construction and the gears
and shafts are all heat treated alloy steel for long life and strength. We tested
the products before we put them on the market and continue to make improvements.
We do not think that the CAPSTAN Rope Winches will break. But if they
do we have a 5 year warranty. NOTE: We have had almost no warranty claims.