The PID-02E is a totally-enclosed winch for light to medium duty oceanographic and geophysics research applications.  Its welded aluminum tube frame is nominally levelwind ready and can easily accommodate the addition of many standard AGO winch add-ons, including a drum ratchet, sprocket-assisted manual backup drive, and more.

It is similar to the CSW-7VK totally-enclosed winch, but uses lighter frame tubes.  Its design is developed from the old PID-2 legacy winch.  If you are interested in a winch similar to the old PID-2 style, inquire about the PID-3/4 instead.



Borehole operations applications.

Oceanographic applications, including turbulence profiling, CTD profiling, side scan sonar and magnetometer towing, Rosette water sampling, towed instrument sleds, environmental and pipeline monitoring, lightweight grab samplers, small capture nets.

The PID-02E can also be sourced directly from Rockland Scientific International Inc. equipped with their VMP instruments as a complete winch + instrument package.


Motor Variants:

The PID-02E can be made as a motorized or manual winch with two- or three-speed gearboxes (with optional drill adapter for power driving with an electric or gas drill).  Available power sources at point-of-use dictate how powerful of a motor can be used for each winch application.

Motor options for different input power sources:

Winch input power Motor options
12 to 48 VDC Up to 1HP DC motors
110 VAC Up to 1HP AC motors
220 VAC Up to 2HP DC motors
Up to 3HP AC motors


 Standard specifications:

  • Standard frame dimensions:  25"W x 47"L x 30"H
  • Standard drum size:  12" face width x up to 26" flange diameter
  • Nominal weight:  290lbs (varies by application)


Standard features:

The PID-02E comes with the following features and accessories:

  • Powder coated aluminum frame and drum
  • Anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and plastic 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 PID-02E can be configured to include many standard AGO winch add-ons, including:

  • Slip rings
  • Levelwind
  • Sprocket-assisted manual backup drive
  • Drum ratchet
  • Wired remote controller
  • Collapsible boom attachment



Check out the "Doomsday" Glacier research expedition in Antarctica, where researchers used a PID-02E model for lowering camera equipment in a borehole (timestamp with winch: 1:52).
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