Hydraulic Capstan 

Commonly used in the marine industry, hydraulic capstans have a variety of uses. If you’re not too familiar with what hydraulic capstans are or need to figure out which type is right for your job, keep reading! 

What Is a Hydraulic Capstan? 

These versatile machines are designed for anchoring and mooring purposes. Depending on how it’s being used, they’re usually installed on the deck of a boat or on the shore 

What Are They Used For? 

Hydraulic capstans function on the same principle as a winch, but it’s much smaller, making it a better choice when space is limited. One way they can be used is for anchor recovery or rope hauling on vessels. They can also be used to moor a vessel in the confines of a marina, giving the operator full control of mooring lines. Another way they can be used is in railways goods yards for shifting railcars short distances. 

What Are the Benefits? 

Now it’s time to dive into why hydraulic capstans are so beneficial. Here are some reasons: 

Efficient, reliable and durable 

Ideal for confined spaces 

Simple installation 

Low cost 

Easy rope control 

Constant speed under all load conditions 

How Do I Select the Right One? 

Here are some things to consider when deciding which hydraulic capstan to select: 

  • Required size 

  • Work environment 

  • Overall use 

  • Load capacity 

  • Required line speed 

  • Additional custom requirements 

We hope you have a better understanding of hydraulic capstans. Feel free to reach out to our team with any additional questions and click here to view our capstan options!