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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 Stage Hoist System Solves Theater Rigging Issues

Application: Columbia stage hoist for setting and striking theater props and lights
Customer: Entertainment Industry Distributor
Location: Hollywood, California
Model number:  Columbia HG500 “Stage Hoist System”
Line Pull: 500 pounds
Line Speed: Up to 56 feet per minute
Wire Rope Capacity: 220 feet x 3/8″ diameter synthetic line
Power Source: 230 VAC / Single Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features: Custom stage hoist package designed specifically for theater use…

Columbia AC Repair Winch Restores Drain Pipes

Application: Columbia repair winch pulls a “spin-casting” cement lining through drain pipes at set line speeds
Customer: The Strong Company, Inc.
Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Winch model: Columbia W2000-1A25-L-02 AC Winch
Special features: AutoAdvance Line Spooler
Line pull: 2,000 pounds on the first layer
Line speed: 0-8 feet per minute on the first layer
Power source: 115 VAC / Single Phase / 60 Hz…

DC Electric Recovery Winch for Mars Rover

Application: DC electric recovery winch for Mars Rover
Customer: MDA / NASA
Location: Richmond, British Columbia
Line Pull: 130 pounds
Line Speed: 5 feet per minute
Capacity: 45 feet X 4 mm synthetic rope on single layer
Power Source: 24 VDC
Special Features: Custom hoist with AutoAdvance Line Spooler, integral load cell, 24 VDC motor and spring-applied, electrically-released brake.