This is the first lowering device to combine ease of setup, lifting power and dependable, tangle-free operation in one package. This tree mounted work station utilizes both a Harken rope winch or an aluminum rope brake. The work station has hinged side plates and nine rubber feet which provide solid mounting on a wide range of stem and pole diameters. A patented fairlead system positions the rope on the drum to eliminate crossovers during raising, lowering and side pulling operations. The mount weighs approximately 40lbs.-beefy enough to withstand heavy use, but compact enough to be quickly installed at the jobsite. The Harken 44:1 winch features a 2 speed gearing system that's self tailing. The gearing puts enormous lifting and pulling power at your fingertips while the self tailer automatically holds the tension as a load is being raised. Lifting or pulling is accomplished by a single operator. The winch accepts 1/2" - 3/4" lowering lines. The aluminum rope brake features a 4" diameter tube welded to a base plate, with a cavity large enough for an ice pack to be placed inside, to prevent rope glazing during very extreme lowering situations.