The CMC CLUTCH™ by Harken Industrial™

The CLUTCH is the latest evolution in rescue and rope access hardware. Suited to a multitude of rigging operations, the CLUTCH delivers efficient operation, ease of use, and optimal control. It moves seamlessly between anchor-based systems and personal use, offering unmatched versatility for the rope technician. With the CLUTCH, you can do more with less.


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  • Single wearable tool for hauling, lowering, personal descent, ascending, belaying, and Twin Tension Rope Systems.
  • Delivers up to 38% higher efficiency in hauling and ascending than a cam-style device: reducing changeovers.
  • Moves seamlessly between anchor-based systems and personal use: reducing gear cache volume and weight.
  • Combines the key features of descenders and load management devices: reducing equipment training and cost.
  • Transitions between hauling and lowering or ascent and descent without having to transfer the load.
  • Allows main and belay lines to be mirrored, twin-tensioned, or nested in Double CLUTCH technique.
  • The 11 mm CLUTCH is the only device compatible with 10.5 – 11 mm rope certified to NFPA 1983 General Use, ANSI, and EN standards.
  • The 13 mm CLUTCH is compatible with 12.5 – 13 mm rope and certified to NFPA 1983 General Use and ANSI standards.
  • Patented. Made in the USA.

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CLUTCH Testimonials

“The CLUTCH is a precision piece of hardware that is intuitive and rescuer friendly. A lot can happen in half a second and the smart design and engineering of the CLUTCH clearly stacks the odds in the rescuer’s favor.”

– Tom Pendley, Former Deputy Chief of Ops, Peoria, AZ Fire Dept


“The CLUTCH changes the game by integrating multiple rope tools into one. Rope access training and operations will be able to implement the CLUTCH for the most efficient and effective rigging and rescue plans, making this device a key piece of kit within the industry- asked for by name.”

– Matt Waskiewicz, SPRAT / IRATA Instructor, SPRAT Evaluator


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