I would not use it for winching and life support. Once life support gear is used for rigging, it becomes rigging gear. I got 2 R500s, one for climbing and one for winching.Thank you for the feedback, it is all helping to gauge the interest from the Arborist community.
It is priced right that is for sure. Any gas powered ascender is not going to compare to electric. Electric is way smoother and has instant torque that provides speed and ease of use. It is fully variable so you can pick the speed, instant response.
Also remember it's a rope winch so it can pull trees out of the bush, help with lifting and pulling things. Hook this up to a 3-1 or 5-1, it pulls 400lbs without mechanical advantage. Think about it.
Thank you all for the comments and feedback.