Getting Started

Congratulations on your purchase of the Pushstick Mini deck winch from Creative Conners, Inc. The Pushstick Mini is a compact winch designed from the ground up to meet the rigorous demands expected from professional stage machinery. The Pushstick Mini is a smart machine; the Stagehand controller is built in. Simply connect the 120v input power, Ethernet and Showstopper cables and you’ll be ready to Make It Move!

This manual will direct you through:

  1. Unpacking

  2. Installing & Testing

  3. Operation Procedures

If you need help along the way, contact us!

A Word About Safety

The Pushstick Mini is a fantastic machine for moving scenery. Do not let the “Mini” mislead you - it can pull large, heavy scenery across the stage with ease. Such power deserves a great degree of respect, as it can become a very serious hazard if misused. Proper deck rigging practices should always be employed when installing a Pushstick Mini.

  • The Pushstick Mini is constructed to be a rugged and versatile winch, used for deck tracks, traveler tracks, and other lateral motion applications.

  • Pushstick Mini winches are not intended for hoisting

  • Each Pushstick Mini has a label indicating its maximum line pull. This is the maximum linear force that can be continuously generated by the winch’s motor and gearbox.

  • The Pushstick Mini ships with a set of Lexan safety shields to prevent injury to personnel or damage to the winch. Although they are removable, these covers are intended to be installed whenever the winch is in service.

What’s included

  1. Pushstick Mini winch

  2. 10’ power cable

Required Tools

  1. 3/4" socket wrench (cable tensioning)

  2. 9/16” wrench (pinch rollers)

  3. 7/16” wrench (fairlead adjustment)

  4. 3/16” hex key (fairlead adjustment)

  5. 5/32” hex key (drum cable termination)

  6. 9/64” hex key (limit switches)

  7. Philips head screwdriver (safety shields)


  • 85ft cable capacity - mini winch, maximum distance!

  • 36in/s max speed - the Pushstick Mini can keep up with it’s big brother, the Pushstick v2!

  • 90lb line pull - enough for almost any traveler track, and it can still hold its own with pallets and smaller wagons!

  • Zero-fleet design - no fleet angle headaches!

  • External cable clips - rig and strip the winch drum in a flash!

  • Belt-driven power train - no more greasy chain!

  • Independant fairleads - rig only the amount of travel you need!

  • Onboard control - minimize footprint; the Stagehand is built right in!

  • 120VAC 10A input power - run it in a classroom, or rehearsal space!


Stagehand Controller

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