What is the difference between a Hoist and a Winch?

Updated by Juan Velez

A hoist is for lifting and a winch is for pulling.

A winch is geared for pulling a load on a relatively level surface. A winch uses a dynamic brake that must slide.

A hoist is geared to lift (dead weight) and has a locking brake that can support a "hanging" load.

If a hoist can lift (dead weight) 250 lbs., then it may be capable of pulling 1000 lbs. of rolling weight across a hard packed surface. If a winch can pull 1000 lbs. across a hard packed surface, it may only have the capacity to support 100 lbs. (dead weight) because the winch employs a different braking system than that of a hoist.

A hoist is used for lifting and supporting "dead weight."

A winch is used for pulling (moving rolling weight).

Champion Power Equipment does not warranty their winches for use as a hoist. No warranty provision will be extended for damage caused by hoist lifting.

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