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Re: Trailer Winch Size Recommendation

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Howard H.

04-08-2007 13:05:28

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As heavy as you can afford or make!

I built this one for almost nothing out of old sprinkler parts. A 12 volt starter motor powers it. The drum turns about 15 RPM's per minute which is just about perfect.

I've loaded a WD-9 half buried in a sand dune with rear weights inside and rear weights sticking out a foot to the outside and it worked fine.

The trailer is a 24' triple axle and I picked up a GB Moline weighted to the gills with water in the rear tires - it raised the back of my pickup ('94 Ford 3/4 ton extended cab) about 8 inches off the ground as it first started up the rear of the trailer, but as i got the tractor centered over the trailer axles it let the pickup back down and the weight then distributed perfectly to drag it home.

Actually, I've never tied onto anything before that could say no to it. One time I the cable clamps that attach the chain to the cable got hung on the rear of the trailer - when I heard the cable "singing" as it popped as it moved the cable clamp slightly, I stopped and realized it was hung. It also bent the welded frame slightly that the gear box is mounted to, but it didn't stop the winch. Not sure what would have given first if I hadn't stopped.

I had one tractor that started rolling back on me with slack in the cable as I was unloading - it snapped the cable like a piece of yarn before I realized anything was wrong. But it didn't hurt the winch and the tractor just coasted to a stop unhurt a few feet behind the trailer.

The worm gear on the gear box acts as a lock if I need to pause for a minute - and it is a towable gearbox, so I just pull the tow pin to spin the cable out quickly to whatever I'm loading.


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04-08-2007 14:27:09

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 Re: Trailer Winch Size Recommendation in reply to Howard H., 04-08-2007 13:05:28  
Shoot, if I had some parts like that laying around, I'd build one just like it. You think my neighbor would mind if I "borrowed" some parts off his irrigator? haha ; ) Thanks for the pic, looks like a great set-up.

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Howard H.

04-08-2007 17:04:03

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 Re: Trailer Winch Size Recommendation in reply to in-too-deep, 04-08-2007 14:27:09  

Around here in the Texas panhandle, every farmer has a pile of parts gearboxes out back.

You might ask him - he might, too.

I've even skidded tractors on with locked up brakes, so it is very stout...


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04-09-2007 14:20:35

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 Re: Trailer Winch Size Recommendation in reply to Howard H., 04-08-2007 17:04:03  
You know, I didn't think of locked up brakes. The first tractor I bought had locked brakes, and it was a job to get it loaded. Thanks Howard, maybe I'll go a little bigger.

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