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Capstan winches for recovery

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:10 PM
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Re: Capstan winches for recovery

Thanks Shawn. That's a good point about the tangles and the sled. I was actually considering what to do about either a sled or a cone. What did you make your sled out of and how big?
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:20 PM
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Re: Capstan winches for recovery

Not a perfect match to your question, but we (Fire Dept) use a receiver mounted capstan on our Heavy Rescue truck to aid in low slope rescues/recoveries. Same as above, low stretch poly braid rope is preferred. Anything beyond 300' of rope makes a mess at your feet. For game I'd suggest multiple pulls of lesser length if you can relocate with ease.

Great piece of kit, would make a great game recovery system.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:19 PM
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Re: Capstan winches for recovery

I'll post a picture of the sled soon, for you.
Shawn Carlock

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:47 PM
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Re: Capstan winches for recovery

I also use a sled with my winch. I use the Sharpel Jet Sled, got it from cabelaes.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:10 PM
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Re: Capstan winches for recovery

I use amsteel blue 3/16 rope on my capstan winch. 400-600 yards is easy to handle. 600 yards only weighs about 18 pounds and easy fits into a small day pack (book bag). The rope barely stretches so you don't end up with stored energy int he rope which is very dangerous on a capstan winch. My capstan winch is 12V electric and has a built in trailer hitch mount. It also has a built in light which is super handy because it seems like a lot of pulls happen after it gets dark. I used to have to have someone hold a flashlight on the winch for me. I like the speedwinch much better than the gas one you see advertised everywhere. Best tool I ever bought.
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