Hoists are used for vertical lifting of loads.
We get calls all the time with users trying to use winches for lifting vertical loads. We cannot stress how dangerous and unsafe this is!
Hoists are designed and engineered for lifting and holding loads vertically. Gearing and especially braking is designed for this function.
Winches are designed and engineered for pulling loads over ground. Do not use a winch as a hoist!!
If you are lifting loads vertically make sure you're using a HOIST