1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Made Pickup Winch
Dowell started with an electric platform lift from an old Baldwin combine. He mounted the motor and pulleys toward the front of the truck bed on an angle iron framework bolted to the truck frame.
The bale lift is a 3-pt. type for tractors that hinges off the back of the truck. It has two teeth that slide under the bale rather than stabbing it. For hauling bales, Dowell says he picks the bale up to about a 45? angle so it's about 8 in. off the ground. For road travel, he lifts the bale and winch to a 90? angle.
Power for the motor is from four electric solenoids which are protected from the elements under a wooden box. Controls for the winch are in the cab. The 30 ft. long, 5/16 in. cable goes through a 4-part block and tackle.
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