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Winch Recommendation to Raise and Lower an Ham Radio Antenna Tower

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I am debating between the FT20250301 and the KX15500101. The winch will be used to arais and lower a tower that supports a Ham radio Antenna. I would like the winch to not allow the tower to free fall while lowering it if the handle is accidentally let go. My question is will the FT20250301 work because it has the two way ratchet pawl. If not then what is the difference between a one way and two way pawl. Also if I go with the KX15500101, is there a way to lock it when raised other than relying on just the friction break and is the friction break load capacity continuous. I would keep the tower raised for 3 days at a time while used. The winch will have to use steel cable which is why I chose those winches. Thank you.

asked by: Greg G


Expert Reply:

For your situation, I recommend using a braking winch like the Fulton Brake Winch, # FKX15500301. This is the same winch as # KX15500101. The Two-Speed Hand Winch, # FT20250301, will not prevent the tower from free falling if you release the handle when lowering the tower.

The main purpose of the two way pawl is to allow you to reverse the direction of the line, not stop the line when you are lowering the tower. A one way pawl will allow you to switch the winch from pulling to freewheel

A brake winch is going to be your best option to raise and lower your tower without the fear of dropping the tower. The Fulton winch # KX15500101 will automatically apply a brake if you release the handle when you are lowering the tower preventing an expensive accident. This winch does not have a freewheeling option.

expert reply by: John H




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