Industrial winches are used to wind and unwind a cable or rope so that the consequent tension pulls an object. Although winches and hoists may look similar, each is designed for specific tasks and operations. Industrial winches, such as a variable speed electric winch, are designed to horizontally pull heavy loads over a level surface or slight incline, whereas hoists are used to vertically lift a load over inclines greater than 45 degrees. At Crane Depot, we offer an incredible selection of durable winches for cranes and other material handling systems. From simple winches consisting of a rope or cable wound around a drum or barrel to complex industrial winches used to pull or move extremely heavy loads, Crane Depot has the perfect solution for your industrial winch needs.