Versatile forestry winches

Pfanzelt has been building and developing cable winches for forestry in the Allgäu region for the past 30 years. Pfanzelt is therefore one of the most experienced manufacturers of forestry winches in Germany.

Many years of intensive development of optimum forestry technology and in-house tests in daily use have culminated in today’s two series - S-line and Profi. The two product lines are each adapted to the different areas of application and their respective tractor technologies and sizes. The standard wireless control and a wide range of accessories with cable distribution systems, cable payout and auxiliary winch enable the forestry winch to be adapted to the application conditions.

With the innovative power of a versatile forestry machine manufacturer, Pfanzelt also offers cable winches for mountain forwarding.

Areas of application for forestry winches

Felling with the aid of a cable winch


Pre-bundling, cable winching

Our product lines for forestry winches

Pfanzelt offers three product groups and two series for forestry winches in accordance with the operating conditions and the available tractor technology.

But which product is suitable for which user? What are the pros and cons of the different series? Please read below to decide which Pfanzelt product is the right one for your tasks. 


3-point cable winch

Quick-fit and fixed cable winches

Recovery cable winches and traction support

3-point cable winches | Two series for different applications

The right cable winch for forest owners and forestry contractors

S-line geared cable winches

With the S-line cable winch, Pfanzelt offers an attractive price/performance ratio especially for forest owners. The design is the same as with the larger models, only the dimensions have been rescaled to match the size of the usually smaller tractors. The S-line cable winches are available with a tractive force of between 5 t and 7.2 t. They can also be equipped with a cable payout as required.

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Profi geared cable winches

Pfanzelt also offers wireless forestry winches for forestry contractors. These are based on an adaptable modular system. Utmost reliability and durability of the cable winches is provided by the precision worm gear used in the winch assembly and the multi-disc sintered plate sets. The Pfanzelt Profi range comprises ten models with tractive forces between 6.3 and 10.2 t.

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Quick-fit and fixed cable winches

A permanently mounted double drum cable winch is recommended as a quick-fit or fixed attachment for daily, commercial use and professional forwarding. Pfanzelt offers three models with a tractive forces of 6.0 or 8.0 t.

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MySelf front-mounted recovery winch

In forestry, agriculture and landscaping, a winch is required to support the traction of the tractor or to recover another vehicle. The Pfanzelt Myself front-mounted recovery cable winch for the quick coupling 3-point link was developed for this application.

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Individually configurable forestry winches

Pfanzelt forestry winches can be adapted to suit your own tractor and the operating conditions optimally. As a customer, not only do you have the choice between two series and several models of single- and double-drum cable winches for forestry, but you also have a wide range of equipment options. With the configurator for cable winches, you can quickly check the new forestry winches' capabilities and what your preferred specification would cost. Use our forestry machine configurator online to plan your investment and then, fully informed, get in touch with our sales consultant or dealer.

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Pfanzelt forestry winches FAQs

How does a forestry winch work?

Pfanzelt forestry winches are designed as geared cable winches. There are basically two types of forestry winch. Cable winches that are driven by a chain and cable winches that are driven by a worm gear. Chain winches are driven purely mechanically. Pfanzelt geared cable winches are also mechanically driven, but are electrohydraulically controlled. Until a few years ago, geared cable winches were only available to forestry professionals due to the more expensive technology. Since the launch of Pfanzelt’s S-line cable winch series, geared cable winches for semi-professionals and forest farmers have become available to the market at an attractive price-performance ratio.


How much tractive force do I need?

The tractive force required for a forestry winch depends on the wood to be cabled and forwarded and the terrain. However, it is important to distinguish between the tractive forces on the upper and lower cable layer on the drum. According to the currently valid regulations, a winch may also be referred to as an 8 t winch if at some point, it can provide a tractive force of 8 t (e.g. only in the first cable layer on the drum). Some manufacturers do not mention that the operating tractive force is often only half of the nominal. The nominal tractive force therefore does not say much about the actual tractive force in forestry. This may be legal, but is nevertheless dubious. Pfanzelt specifies the operating tractive force that is always available. Because out in the forest, of course, only this tractive force matters. Otherwise, the situation may arise whereby a trunk can only be pulled halfway along the route, because then the tractive force is insufficient. The operating tractive force is always available, even when the drum is full. The nominal tractive force is only available in the first cable layer, i.e. only when the drum is almost empty.


What size forestry winch will fit my tractor?

The following calculation can be used as a rule of thumb for three-point cable winches for forestry: 1 t of tractive force can be calculated for the cable winch for each 10 kW of tractor power. However, the weight of the tractor also plays a decisive role in the use of the cable winch. This must also be adapted to the weight of the cable winch. The following statement can be used as a guide here:  The winch tractive force should not be more than twice the deadweight of the tractor. However, the closer the 3-point cable winch is to the tractor, the more favourable the centre of gravity of the machine combination becomes.

Recommended tractor performance for Pfanzelt forestry winch types

Winch type

Tractive force

Recommended tractor performance

S15050 kNmax. 40 KW
S16060 kNca. 30 - 60 KW
S17272 kNca. 40 - 90 KW
P163K61 kNca. 40 - 90 KW
P172 AKTION72 kNca. 40 - 90 KW
P173K72 kNca. 70 - 120 KW
P186 AKTION86 kNca. 55 - 100 KW
P1102102 kNca. 70 - 120 KW
P2602 x 60 kNca. 55 - 100 KW
P2722 x 72 kNca. 70 - 120 KW
P273K2 x 72 kNca. 100 - 150 kW
P2852 x85 kNca. 100 - 150 kW
P21022 x 102 kNca. 100 - 150 kW


What kind of cable can be used on the forestry winch?

Cable winches for forestry can be equipped with a steel cable or a plastic cable. Their greatest advantage is their low weight: Plastic cables are up to 90% lighter than wire cables. Pfanzelt cable winches can be equipped with either a wire cable or a plastic cable. It can also be changed without any problems after delivery.

When changing from a steel cable to a plastic cable on a Pfanzelt cable winch, only the two cable infeed rollers need to be replaced. If the cable winch has a cable infeed brake, it must be deactivated.


Do Pfanzelt cable winches have remote control?

All Pfanzelt forestry winches are equipped with a professional forestry wireless remote control as standard. The wireless controls used already meet the new safety requirements of the standard for wireless remote controls for forestry machines EN 17067 (binding for all forestry cable winches from production year 2020). 


Do I need a cable payout for my forestry winch?

Pfanzelt forestry winches are proven to have the lowest cable unwinding forces on the market. Since the cable winch unit is installed in the direction of travel, it is possible to unwind the cable directly in the pulling direction. Unlike chain winches, where the drum is installed transverse to the direction of travel and the cable payout therefore requires more force. According to the KWF test report, the cable payout force for Pfanzelt Profi geared cable winches, which must be applied, is only 30 N when pulling out the cable. 

Cable payout naturally simplifies operation and enables a higher winding quality, as the drum overrun brake can be adjusted more directly



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