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Columbia Winches & Hoists

The AutoAdvance Line Spooler is an innovative line spooling system using carefully arranged components driven by line tension to provide a fleet angle of 1.5 degrees or less for effortless and perfect line spooling onto a drum.

AutoAdvance Line Spoolers eliminate the need for a fixed sheave precisely located in relationship to the drum to achieve proper line spooling.

AutoAdvance Line Spoolers make it possible for an incoming line to move up and down, left and right and rotate 360 degrees or more around the spooler without affecting spooling.

AutoAdvance Line Spoolers work with any size of line and even with differing sizes of line on the same drum to create optimal line spooling. Large diameter sheaves in the Auto Advance Line Spooler ensure the line is not damaged by small radius bends.

AutoAdvance Line Spoolers do not have the parasitic power losses, component timing problems or maintenance requirements associated with typical level wind devices.

AutoAdvance Line Spoolers increase line life and increase user safety by eliminating the dangerous practice of pushing or pulling line by hand in an attempt to make it spool properly.

To discuss project specifics or request a quote, contact us at (503) 626-0654.

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Increase line life and increase user safety.

Effortless and perfect line spooling onto a drum.

No parasitic power losses.

Can rotate 360 degrees or more around the spooler without affecting spooling.

Frame SizeIncoming Line DirectionDrum SizeFormat
HD / WD SeriesVertical-01PDFDXFSTP
HF / HG / WF / WG SeriesVertical-02PDFDXFSTP
HL SeriesVertical-02/-05PDFDXFSTP

Direct Entry of Line

Vertical Entry of Line

Side Entry of Line

AutoAdvance Line Spoolers In Use

Columbia Demolition Hoist Assists Hydrodemolition

Application:  Columbia Demolition Hoist and Spooler
Customer:  Mac and Mac Hydrodemolition, Inc.
Location: Langley, BC, Canada
Hoist Model:  Columbia HL15000-2A17-X-04 with AutoAdvance Line Spooler
Load Rating:  15,000 pounds on the first layer
Line Speed:  11 feet per minute
Wire Rope Capacity:  756 feet x 9/16″ wire rope
Power Source:  230 VAC / 3 Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features:  5.0 HP brakemotor…

Columbia High Lift Hoist System Provides Alternative To A Tower Crane

Application:  Rooftop High Lift Hoist System
Customer:  Crystal Services
Location:  Indus, Alberta, Canada
Hoist Model:  Columbia HL7000-4A17-L-04
Load rating:  7,400 pounds on the first layer
Line Speed:  21 feet per minute on the first layer
Wire Rope Capacity:  957 feet X ½” diameter wire rope
Power source:  460 VAC / Three Phase / 60 Hz
Special features:  NEMA 4X control enclosure with variable frequency drive, NEMA 4X 15’ hand held pendant controls with speed potentiometer and UP/DOWN momentary buttons, AutoAdvance Line Spooler with inverted orientation for ceiling mount, nylatron sheaves for ½” wire rope, large cable capacity drum for 670’ of ½” wire rope….

Columbia Variable Speed Hoists Suspend James Webb Space Telescope in Simulation Chamber

Application:  Variable Speed Hoists Used in James Webb Space Telescope Testing
Customer:  NASA
Location:  Greenbelt, MD
Hoist Model:  Columbia HL15000-2A17-L-05
Line Pull:  15,000 pounds
Line Speed:  2.8 feet per minute
Power Source:  460 VAC / Three Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features:  AutoAdvance Line Spooler with vertical line entry, variable frequency drives, encoders….