In selecting a specific type of air winch, you should consider job location, the weight and type of load to be moved, mounting site, and wire rope. Follow jurisdictional and company regulations for every particular jobsite. Consider the load as each air winch has a maximum load capacity, known as a maximum rated capacity, which can never be exceeded.
Air winches are categorized as utility, personnel, or dual-rated. Utility winches are rated to move material. Personnel winches, also known as man-riders, are rated to lift, lower, or suspend personnel. Dual-rated winches are rated for both material and personnel, but once used for one of these applications, must exclusively handle that type of load.
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