Ruling the Rig: The Best Oilfield Planetary Recovery Winches

Oilfield planetary recovery winches are designed to withstand the toughest applications. Common features include:

  • Highly efficient planetary gearing
  • Two-speed hydraulic motor with shift-on-the-fly capability
  • Single, externally mounted air shift clutch cylinder
  • Internal spring-applied hydraulically released multiple disk brake
  • Air applied drum brake


The RUFNEK Series by Tulsa Winch is the standard in oil field planetary and worm winch design.  The RUFNEK Series of winches has experienced an evolution of excellence beginning in the 1920s, in oil-boom era Tulsa.  The original winches of that time were made to keep up with the demand, and the constant changes and needs of the industry have molded the RUFNEK brand into the dependable, reliable, and tough legacy that it maintains today.

The RUFNEK Series is engineered with advanced safeguards, including the INTELLIGUARD capacity alert system.  Even in the harshest terrains and on the most challenging projects, RUFNEK Winches can be relied on for safe, rugged performance.

RUFNEK planetary winches are available with multiple grades of pulling capacity, all with the optional INTELLIGUARD technology, from 50,000 lbs. to 130,000 lbs.



The BRADEN HP SERIES planetary recovery winches are high-performance products, designed to provide many years of service.  With line pull from 50,000 to 160,000lbs., the HP Series’ flexibility and power can meet your toughest requirements.

For more than nine decades, BRADEN products have faced and conquered the toughest applications. BRADEN Winches and Hoists are world leaders for offshore cranes, utility trucks, mobile cranes and oil field service rigs. Braden is one of the three incredible brands that comprise PACCAR Winch Division, accompanied by Carco and Gearmatic.  Braden winches were destined to be one of the highest quality, most durable brands in the world, with its roots also buried in the steel and oil industry boom in Tulsa in the 1920s.

Winches Inc. is a major distributor of both Tulsa Winch and Braden products and can offer expert knowledge and sales of the RUFNEK and HP Series winch solutions for the energy industry as well as aiding you with the integration needs of these winches to your trucks.  Call us today for more information and consultation on these top brands, toll-free at (877) 495-9721.