This direct drive winch provides for rapid raising & lowering of the flag with little effort. This improved design does no require any welding thus avoiding discoloration when and anodized finish is required. No monthly lubrication is needed and this winch system is easily adaptable to existing on-site flagpoles. The winch is inserted into the pole and secured with a stainless steel bolt on the back side of the pole. Winch handle is sold separately.