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Hydraulic Winder Wraps Up Wire Fast
Taking down an old fence doesn't have to be as much work as it was putting it up, says Roger Gutschmidt, who came up with some handy tools for the job.
  The Gackle, N. Dak., farmer streamlined the process of removing old fence wire. He made a hydraulic-powered wire winder that bolts to the side of his tractor's loader bucket and plumbed hydraulic hoses to the couplers where the grapple fork would normally connect.
  The wire on a fence he took down recently was in bad shape so he wrapped it up, 3 strands at a time. He drove in a gear that matched the speed of the hydraulic motor on the unit, always trying to keep some tension on the wires so they would wind tightly on the spool.
  "I steered so that the wire would wind evenly across the spool from left to right, and once the spool was full, I simply removed the large nut that holds the outside disc blade on," he says. "It was simple to slide the full roll of barbed wire off the end of the shaft."
  The wire winder consists of a main shaft, bearings, disc blades, and a hydraulic motor he found at a salvage yard. The only new materials used were the plate steel frame, bearing holders, and hydraulic hoses.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gutschmidt Manufacturing LLC, Roger Gutschmidt, 6651, Hwy. 56, Gackle, N. Dak. 58442 (ph 701 698-2310; shopdoc@drtel.net).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3