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Muir DFF08 Free Fall Drum Winch

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Muir’s patented auto free fall, power up and power down, or manual release free fall, are all available to within just one product - the DFF08

Mechanical auto & manual release free fall means no troublesome electronics need to be mounted on the drum or in your chain locker.

Drum shaft on a serviceable bearing centre for smooth, hassle free operation even under full load.

Muir’s designed HDPE & UV-protected heavy duty brake means no over-run of the drum during free fall.

All Muir free-falling drum winches are supplied with circuit breaker, reversing solenoid pack, helm control switch and fascia panels, plus simple tools & hardware for an easy 30 second adjustment from auto free fall to manual free fall and power up, power down options.

Your DFF08 comes with installation instructions and a service manual and is backed by Muir’s three year limited warranty.

Anchoring is made easy, fast, and reliable with this Muir drum winch, with no electronic components to fail and a larger drum capacity than other free falls.

Suits crafts up to 9m / DFF08 drum capacity 120m of 6mm line or 80m of 8mm line plus 6m of 6mm chain. Rope and chain sold separately.

Technical Data

  • Compact anchoring system to suit boats with little or no rode storage.
  • Designed and made in Australia.
  • Drum made from 316 Stainless Steel.
  • Three year limited warranty.
  • Includes reversing solenoid, 100amp circuit breaker and up/down rocker switch.
  • Fitting instructions included with full electrical wiring diagram.
  • Tangle-free rope and chain operation.

Designed to suit vessels 5-8m (13-23ft) the Muir range of drum winches provides reliable and heavy-duty operation.

Free-Fall Operation

The free fall function for drum windlasses is a feature that allows the anchor to drop quickly and smoothly to the seabed without using any power.

It is useful for anchoring in deep water or in situations where you need to anchor fast. The free fall function can be adjusted or disabled depending on the preference of the user.

Some of the advantages of the free fall function are:

– It saves time and battery power by dropping the anchor faster and more efficiently.
– It reduces the stress and wear on the windlass motor and gearbox by avoiding constant power usage.
– It allows the anchor to set better by hitting the seabed with more force and penetrating deeper.

Some of the disadvantages of the free fall function are:

– It can be dangerous if not used properly or if the anchor rode is not secured or monitored. The anchor can fall too fast or too far and cause damage to the boat, the windlass, or the seabed.
– It can be noisy and create a splash when the anchor hits the water.
– It can be difficult to control the speed or stop the descent of the anchor if the free fall mechanism is not well-designed or maintained.
– It can be incompatible with some types of anchors, chains, or ropes that may not work well with the free fall system.

Power Up / Power Down Operation

If necessary the Freefall Drum Winch can be powered down without free-fall. This can be done by loosening the Declutcher with the Clutch Handle and allowing the Declutcher to drop to the bottom of the slot.


  • Designed and made in Australia.
  • Drum-316 Stainless Steel.
  • Inc. Reversing Solenoid, circuit breaker and Up / Down Rocker switch.
  • “Tangle-free” rope and chain operation.
  • Compact Anchoring system to suit boats with little or no anchor rode storage.
  • Simple installation.
  • Fitting Instructions Included with a full electrical wiring diagram.
  • 3-year limited warranty


  • Model: DFF 08
  • Vessel Length: 5-8m (16-26ft)
  • Power Supply (DC) 12V
  • Motor (Watts) 600
  • Max Load: 180kg (400lb) at 7m/min
  • Work Load: 55kg (121lb) at 33m/min
  • Amps Work Load: 80
  • Max Line Speed: 33m/min
  • Chain Size: 6mm (1/4″), 8mm (5/16″)
  • Rope Size: 8mm (5/16″)
  • Net Weight: 15/16kg
  • Capacity (Drum) 6m of 6mm chain, 80m of 6mm line, 80m of 8mm line (Rope and chain sold separately.)


The Sydney-to-Perth rail link is currently closed due to heavy rain and flooding. The Melbourne-to-Adelaide rail link is also closed due to damage caused by a train derailment.

This situation is causing extended delays of deliveries to Western Australia for the following shipping services:

- Australia Post eParcel - Regular
- TNT Road

If you need an order in Western Australia urgently, consider using  the "Australia Post eParcel - Express" service if it is available for your order. Alternatively contact our WA MAIL ORDER DEPARTMENT to discuss options based on stock already available in WA.


Australia Post and our Commercial Couriers are expecting the festive season to be extra busy this year. Based on their advice, we cannot guarantee orders placed after the cut-off dates listed below will be delivered by Christmas.

To avoid disappointment place your Christmas orders as early as possible.

State Regular Express
ACT 11th Dec 15th Dec
NSW 11th Dec 15th Dec
NT   5th Dec 11th Dec
QLD 11th Dec 15th Dec
SA 11th Dec 15th Dec
TAS 11th Dec 15th Dec
VIC 11th Dec 15th Dec
WA   1st Dec 11th Dec


Overseas, offshore islands and distant mainland locations may take up to 3 or 4 weeks to deliver. Please contact your local Mail Order Department to discuss specific details relating to your situation.


All orders are shipped from our Brookvale, Sydney order fulfilment centre. Orders are normally shipped within 5 business days - most quicker!

Shipping day estimates after your order leaves our fulfilment centre in Sydney are based on Australia Post domestic delivery times:

 State   Regular
 ACT   2 - 3 business days   1 - 2 business days
 NSW   2 - 4 business days   1 - 3 business days
 NT   4 - 13 business days   3 - 5 business days
 QLD   3 -12 business days   2 - 4 business days
 SA   3 - 5 business days   2 - 4 business days
 TAS   4 - 8 business days   2 - 4 business days
 VIC   3 - 5 business days   2 - 3 business days
 WA   5 - 10 business days   2 - 6 business days

Last updated 12/09/2023

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