Looking for some serious pulling power?

Portable Winch products, engineered and manufactured in Quebec, Canada, are designed for the extreme demands of forestry, arboriculture, large game hunting, industrial, and utility/telecommunication installation.

How it works: Friction

 Capstan w/rope installed


 A capstan winch works by the friction generated from multiple wraps of rope around a rotating cylinder. Rope does not accumulate on a spool like a cable or strap winch does so you pull length is only limited by how much rope you have.


Portable Winch capstan rope winches offer many advantages over cable winches including:

  • Pull length only limited by the length of your rope and your rigging creativity.
  • 100% duty-cycle due to an oil-bath gearbox and Honda 4-stroke gasoline engine. No rest/cool down period required.
  • 100% of rated power always available.
  • An incredible array of application specific kits and individual accessories.

Northern Woodsmen stocks and services Portable Winch products.

  • The most popular models and accessories are in stock and ready to ship.
  • Preconfigured and custom kits available.
  • Demo units available. We lend out demo/trial units to commercial customers throughout Wisconsin, the UP, and northern Illinois.
  • Loaner units available in the unlikely case your winch needs service.
  • Product demos and training at your facility.
  • We service what we sell.

 Contact us today to schedule a product demo at our location or yours or visit our online store now.