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Drawbar-Mounted Electric Winch
“I’ve enjoyed FARM SHOW for quite a few years and always look forward to reading about the creative projects of other readers,” says David Gauch, Garrettsville, Ohio. “However, it wasn’t until I read the ‘slide-on trailer ball hitch’ story in your last issue (Vol. 44, No. 6) that I decided my drawbar-mounted winch might be worthy of FARM SHOW. I use the winch on my 15 hp. Satoh Beaver loader tractor.”
Gauch bought a Harbor Freight UTV electric winch and bolted it to a homemade steel bracket, which slides onto the tractor’s drawbar. 
“The pulling power of the winch helps with clean-up activities on my property,” says Gauch.  “It comes in handy for removing brush and pulling downed trees to an open area where they can be cut up. It’s especially helpful when there isn’t room for the tractor to get up close to the material. 
“With the winch’s remote control I can stand safely to the side while operating it.  I also use it to move non-running project lawn tractors around.”
The winch along with its fairlead and circuit breaker box are bolted to a 6-in. long, 1/4-in. thick steel plate. Gauch formed a 9-in. long steel plate into a U-shape and welded it on under the 6-in. plate to slide over the drawbar.  A hitch pin between the winch and circuit breaker box holds the assembly onto the drawbar.  He wired a quick disconnect to the battery and mounted on a bracket that’s attached to one of the tractor’s fenders.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Gauch, 11048 Parkman Road, Garrettsville, Ohio  44231 (ph 216 346-4633; pccdave1213@gmail.com).

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