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Time-Saving "Ratchet Strap Winder"
Richard Brandenburg hauls a lot of round bales, strapping down 7 or 8 bales at a time on a semi tractor-trailer. It used to take him a long time to wind up all the straps by hand after the bales were unloaded. Then his 18-year-old grandson Anthony came to the rescue, building a hand-operated "ratchet strap winder" that's designed to quickly roll up the straps. It can be moved to anywhere on the trailer.
    "It works fast and is really handy. I can roll up a 40-ft. long strap in only about 10 seconds," says Brandenburg.
    The strap ratchet winder consists of a 12-in. long metal brace with a slot at one end that clamps down over the rug rail on the side of the trailer bed. A 10-in. dia. metal plate is welded to the other end of the brace. A 2-in. sq. strap holder welded into the center of the plate holds the strap as it's wound up. The operator simply places the hook end of the strap over the strap holder and starts cranking.
    "Once I'm done using the strap winder I just throw it in a box under the trailer," notes Brandenburg.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Brandenburg, 6814 Picnic Woods Rd., Jefferson, Md. 21755 (ph 301 371-7704; ThreeDeeres@aol.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4