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Changing Ramsey Planetary Winch Rotation


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A common question we receive is how to change the direction of rotation on the Ramsey planetary gear winches.  First, one needs to determine the intended direction of rotation from the manufacturer.  The end bearing on the clutch end has either a letter ‘A’ or ‘B’ is stamped in it.  An ‘A’ rotation is for overwind winches while a ‘B’ rotation is for underwind winches.

The Ramsey HD-P series and RPH series planetary gear winches have different methods of changing the rotation.  While turning the winch 180 degrees and inserting the winch line on the opposite direction on the drum seems like easy method.  It often cannot be done due to the location of the hydraulic lines.   Ramsey has provided the following options.

For the newer HD-P series simply reverse the position of the cartridge and plug.




The older RPH series do not have cartridges.  Ramsey uses a combination of cam plates and counter-balance valves to change the rotation.  A specific cam plate and valve combination is needed for the ‘A’ rotation and another combination for the ‘B’ rotation.  It does require dis-assembly of the winch in order to change the cam plate and valves.  Ramsey does not provide instruction on how to change these components so a Ramsey Service Center should be used.





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