Compact Gas PowerSeat® Ascender

Part No. PWRS-GC

The Harken Industrial Compact Gas PowerSeat® ascenders are lightweight portable winches that are used as mechanical ascenders for working at height and other winching applications.

These compact versions maximize the efficiency of the PowerSeat as a hauling device, while maintaining their functionality as powered ascenders. The seats have been removed and the long stem shortened for significant reductions in weight and size. The user is suspended under the compact unit with full control from below.

Developed as a requirement in industry, the Gas PowerSeat provides operators with a prolonged usage ascender which accommodates an unlimited length of rope pull.

The PowerSeat can be operated with ease and confidence, even in situations where engine emissions are not restricted, providing a level of comfort and security that directly increases operator productivity and efficiency.

Suitable for outdoor rescue and utility winching/lifting markets.


PS Speed Control

Speed Control

The unit is operated using a fail-safe dead man’s switch to control ascent speed, up to 15 m/min (49.2 ft/min).

PS Break


The braking system controls descent and provides workers protection against free-falls. The encapsulating jaw cover protects fingers and clothing from catching in the winch.

PS Compact break and frame

Automatic Cut-out

The Compact Gas PowerSeat engine is tuned to stall when the working load is exceeded.

PS Durability


Stainless steel load-carrying gears and pins provide strength and durability. Sealed gearbox and high-load ball bearings reduce friction under load, are corrosion resistant, and do not require lubrication.



The Harken Industrial PowerSeat is CE certified to the Machinery Directive and independently verified by Bureau Veritas.

Ideal for the Following Applications

The PowerSeat is ideal for use in a wide range of applications:

  • Construction/Steel Frame and Envelope Projects
  • Renewable Energy/Blade Cleaning
  • Facilities Management/Asset Integrity Inspections
  • Marine Rigging and Vessel Maintenance
  • Stage Management, Filming and Rigging
  • Telecommunications/Mast Erection
  • Architectural/Building Survey
  • Utility and Oil and Gas Sectors

Product Details

Description Max line speed Weight Rope Ø Max rated load
Min Max
ft/min m/min lb kg in mm in mm lb kN
PWRS-GC Compact gas 49 15 28 13 3/8 10 1/2 12.7 600 2.7



Max Working Load

Max Ascent Speed

Product Video

Q: Is the PowerSeat just a mechanical ascender?

A: The certification of the PowerSeat allows it to be used as a powered ascender for access, as well as rigged to assist with hauling and pulling. For example, high angle rescue (when attached to an appropriate anchor), or in conjunction with a tripod for confined space/winching operations.

Q: Is the PowerSeat only rated for single person use?

A: Although ideal for one person, the Gas PowerSeat can also be used in tandem rescue situations to a maximum working load of 273 kg (601.9 lb).

Q: What happens if I inadvertently exceed the working load of the PowerSeat?

A: The gas PowerSeat engine is designed to stall when the working load is exceeded. The electric PowerSeat has a thermal cut-out within the transformer to stop power to the seat. In both cases, the seats are free to descend to release the load. The seats can be restarted to continue use.

Q: What type of fuel does the Gas PowerSeat use?

A: The gas PowerSeat runs on unleaded gasoline with a pump octane rating of 86 or higher.

Q: How long does the fuel last in the Gas PowerSeat?

A: A full tank of fuel (0.6 L) allows approximately 1200 m (3937') climb distance at 273 kg (600 lb).

Q: What is the accent speed?

A: Rate of climb is 15 m per minute at 120 kg (42.2 ft per minute at 265.6 lb). 11 m (36.09 ft) per minute at 273 kg (600 lbs).

Q: What training is required? Can anyone use the PowerSeat?

A: Use of the PowerSeat must meet the regulations of the nation and industry in which it is used. It is restricted to those certified for temporary work at height with access and positioning systems using ropes.

This is not PPE equipment: Use in conjunction with a full fall arrest system at all times.

Warnings and instructions

The user must follow the manufacturer's instructions for each component of the system.

These instructions must be provided to the user of this equipment.

The user must read and understand these instructions before using this equipment.

Manufacturer's instructions must be followed for proper use and maintenance of this equipment

Alterations or misuse of this equipment, or failure to follow these instructions, may result in serious injury or death.