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#1 logmillingman OFFLINE  

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Posted April 03, 2018 - 07:33 PM

Hey guys every once and a while I have to transport two Bolens tractors at the same time. So I am going to build a simple winch combination system for my truck and trailer, Last winter I had to pickup six Bolens tractors, some of those were parts tractors and everything was frozen up on them and the tires where flat. It took three people to get them loaded and one of them had to go into the back of the truck.

 

Not fun!.....It took three trips to get everything home.

 

So Harbor Freight was having an Easter sale this past weekend, so I asked my wife if I could sneak out of the house on Easter afternoon and get some winching stuff. She said yes, so off I went.

 

I need to pickup a tractor this weekend that has a 18 HP Briggs opposed twin in it that I am going to use to build up a Bolens 1225 parts tractor into a Bolens 1825.

 

Here is what I picked up at Harbor Freight.

 

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I have a friend who does electrical work and he gave me about 50 ft of #10 3 wire rubber cable and a twist lock plug set. He wasn't going to use this stuff because everything he does now is 4 wire. 

 

It will be perfect for the 12 volt winch system.   Here are the items he gave me for my project.

 

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I will keep you updated as the project proceeds.

 

 

 

 


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Posted April 03, 2018 - 09:39 PM

I have something like that on my trailer that my uncle is using in PA. We mounted a plate that came with winch in the front of the trailer bed. the winch clips on the plate and there is enough power cable to reach the battery of the towing vehicle. There's a remote to control the winch that can reach 5 feet past the rear of the trailer.It works slick for loading tractors and my uncle uses it to load logs for firewood.


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Posted April 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

That's a good idea! I have been looking at those winchs for a while and have a trailer to put it on. I'll have to look and see if they are still on sale.
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Posted April 04, 2018 - 03:19 AM

I have one of those winches, works great. Very handy loading tractors onto the trailer.

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Posted April 04, 2018 - 06:58 AM

I put one of those on my 12' trailer.  Sold it with the trailer and put a new one on the 16' trailer.  Don' mess with cable, plugs etc.  Use the booster pack which goes with me anyway.  Just have to watch the cable and make sure it don't get to either side of the spool if pulling at an angle.  Weather don't seem to bother the winch any but keep it covered when not in use.


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Posted April 04, 2018 - 07:10 AM

I have one of those also. Just have to find time to mount it to my trailer.


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Posted April 04, 2018 - 09:00 AM

I put a 5000# on my tandem trailer. It will pull any tractor on there! Even pulled my daughters Trail Blazer on when her fuel pump died.


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Posted April 04, 2018 - 09:29 AM

  I have a 2 speed hand winch on my trailer. Bought the winch at a garage sale about 15 years ago for 10$.  It has handled the job just fine. Maintenance involves throwing a cover over it and a few drops of oil. No cables no control's no problems.    Don 


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Posted April 04, 2018 - 02:09 PM

I have a couple of electric winches a 3000 lb and a 4000 lb. I use them for different things on different vehicles so on both I made a base plate and welded a 2 inch piece of square tubing. I can now slide them into a classIII receiver hitch for use on my truck or the wife’s SUV. I have a short receiver hitch on both my tractors so I can use the winches on them too. Finally I made a receiver type bracket that sits about 12 inches of the deck off my trailer so I can use them on there too. I rigged up the electrical so I can run them off of the vehicle battery via a 8 gauge extension cable or alligator clips to a spare deep cycle battery. Works for me.
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Posted April 04, 2018 - 05:39 PM

I have the same winch also but haven't took the time to mount. I like the 2" receiver mounting method too, makes it universal.
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Posted April 05, 2018 - 09:29 PM

Spent some time today working on the winch installation on the trailer. The sides and floor of my trailer is wood and plywood so I decided to build the winch support from wood. I took a fir 6 x 6 and cut it to fit across the front of the trailer bed.

 

To secure the winch to the 6 x 6 I used a piece of 6" channel steel, used the circular saw to carve out the edges of the 6 x 6 so I could set the channel steel down on the 6 x 6.

 

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Then I took the winch bracket and transferred the holes to the channel steel using a transfer punch and drilled the holes with the drill press.

 

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The next step was to drill holes and install structural screws to fasten the channel steel to the 6 x 6.

 

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Dry fit the fairway and bracket and then drilled clearance holes for bolts in the 6 x 6.

 

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Next I bolted the bracket to the channel steel.

 

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Posted April 05, 2018 - 10:19 PM

After bolting the winch to the channel steel I attached it to the 6 x 6.

 

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Once I secured the winch I drilled clearance holes through the 2x4's of the trailer sides for the 4 1/2" structural screws.

 

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Posted April 06, 2018 - 07:20 PM

Took some time today to start preparing the power cable for the winch.

 

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Attached a crimp connector

 

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Then I used a heat gun to set the heat shrink

 

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Posted April 08, 2018 - 07:26 AM

nice looking job - good luck with the rest of it


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Posted April 08, 2018 - 07:44 AM

Coming along nicely. Your definitely a perfectionist & I can relate to that. When the weather breaks I need to do some bed repairs on mine & mount my winch. My mental juices have been inspired watching your project.
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