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Electric Winch Needed to Open 200 lb Trap Door


I am looking for an electric winch to open a 200 lb floor trap door. some of your smaller winches look very interesting, except for their linear speed. do you know if this can be changed or do you know of other model I could look at. I would like to close the door within seconds, not minutes.Thank you for your help.

asked by: Patrick P

Expert Reply:

The line speed of the Superwinch LT2000, part # 1220210 cannot be changed.

It sounds like what you are really looking for is a crane or hoist winch like the Superwinch C1000 Crane Winch, part # 03002 or the Buffalo Tools Electric Hoist, part # BTEHOISTUL. Either hoist will have sufficient capacity to open a 200 lb trap door.

The Buffalo Tools model has a line speed of 33 feet per minute when used in single cable configuration (mounted above the door) or 16-1/25 feet per minute when the hoist is floor-mounted using a pulley block like part # SW2227A (not included) attached overhead above the door. The Buffalo Tools Hoist is powered by 110 volts AC.

The Superwinch C1000 is 12-Volt DC powered, and with a 200 lb load would pull at about 17 feet per minute.
The wire rope, part # SW1577A is not included and must be purchased separately.

If you are speaking of an interior application where an 110 volt power source is readily available, and the hoist can be easily mounted overhead, the Buffalo Tools Hoist would be the most cost-effective way of getting that door open quickly.

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