The time savings and speed in making up tows with winches instead of ratchets is useless if you have to maintain or repair it with every use. The Model BC-40 Barge Connector has been designed to use, not maintain. The winch features high capacity grease free synthetic bearing and a simple counterweight type ratchet without springs to minimize routine maintenance in the abusive waterways environment. The operation of the winch for both tightening and releasing the loads have been engineered for optimum user ergonomics and safety. From the ideal positioning and engagement of the ratchet lever controlled cable release brake the BC-40 is designed for easy operation.