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Last I looked, ALL the current manufactures a "40" labled winch equaled the other brands of the same numer, ie a 40-1 was the lowest ratio on that winch. A 2 sp would have say a 20-1 speed, reverse the rotation of the handle, and it would be 40-1, hence a "2speed 40"
Typically winches under 15 or there abouts are singles, 15-48 or there abouts usually have two speeds. larger they start coming in 2, 3 an 4 speeds. With the number being the lowest setting.
Some "40's" will not be a 40 if you use an 8" handle, it would be about aa 36-1, and the higher would not be a 20, but an 18-1.
As jeff says, look up the specs on the given brands website. But it is not quite like the days of Barlow and Barbarossa, where a 16 Barlow equaled a 40 barbarossa, which is now Harken. Not sure of Barlow is out of biz, or is now say "Lewmar".
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