Winches have been used for centuries to pull, lift or release items and objects. Though the simplest manual winches consist of little more than a spool and a crank, modern hydraulic winches are used to raise or lower heavy objects. Though the operating principle is the same, there is a variety of hydraulic winches to choose from—including cable winches, motorized winches and industrial winches. The primary thing you’ll want to know when you shop for a hydraulic winch is the weight of your payload: your winch motor should have the horsepower needed for the heavy objects you’ll be moving. For more choices, Zoro offers winch cables, electric winches, manual winches and winch accessories like stands, covers and straps.