The DBW-5 is an affordable totally-enclosed winch for light to medium duty oceanographic and geophysics research applications.  Its sturdy bolt-together frame can easily accommodate the addition of many standard AGO winch add-ons, including a levelwind, drum ratchet, sprocket-assisted manual backup drive, and more.


Motor Variants:

The DBW-5 can be made as a manual winch with two- or three-speed gearboxes (with optional drill adapter for power driving with an electric or gas drill), or as a motorized winch.  Available power sources at point-of-use dictate how powerful of a motor can be used for each application.

Motor options for different input power sources

Winch input power
Motor options

12 to 48 VDC
Up to 1HP DC motors

110VAC 1-ph
Up to 1HP DC or AC motors

220VAC 1-ph
Up to 2HP DC motors

Up to 3HP AC motors







Standard Specifications:

  • Standard frame dimensions:  23"W x 33"L x 22"H  (may vary per application)
  • Standard drum size:  12" face width x up to 18.5" flange diameter
  • Nominal weight:  240lbs (may vary per application)


Standard Features:

The DBW-5 comes with the following features and accessories:

  • Powdered coated aluminum frame and drum, anodized aluminum and stainless steel accessories
  • Manual disc brake and pin lock
  • Dog clutch for freewheeling capability
  • Manual backup hand crank
  • Removable carrying handles
  • Wooden shipping and storage box


Optional Add-ons:

The DBW-5 can be configured to include many standard AGO winch add-ons, including:

  • Slip rings
  • Levelwind
  • Sprocket-assisted manual backup drive
  • Drum ratchet
  • Top-mounted brake winch
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