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General Forestry => Forestry and Logging => Topic started by: Pclem on February 09, 2018, 08:16:15 AM

Title: Dozer winch for skidsteer?
Post by: Pclem on February 09, 2018, 08:16:15 AM
I used to have a home built tractor winch that came off a dozer. Plugged into aux. Gpm's on tractor were slow. Worked ok. I assume I would get more performance with a bobcat with higher gpm? I'd like build my own and want to know what to look for. Not gonna be for pulling a big hitch, just hung up trees, and hard to get stuff till I can grab hold with the bobcat. I see they make new hydraulic winches for autos, assume they run off power steering? Would this be a viable route too?
Title: Re: Dozer winch for skidsteer?
Post by: mike_belben on February 09, 2018, 11:05:53 AM
I use a $300 chinese 12vdc electric winch on a reciever hitch plate for use on aything i weld a reciever to.  Its got a short lead with an anderson connector for the things ive hardwired, and i made a long jumper for everything else.  All my trailers and a few of my attachments have receivers and everything obviously has one or more 12v batteries.  I use arc welding cables from the scrap yard to make up power wires.  The ring terminals are just pieces of soft copper tubing, hammer smashed and soldered on with a hole drilled in the tab.   Pretty much all my batteries are group 31 semi tractor batts with stud tops now.  No more lead clamp headaches. 
Title: Re: Dozer winch for skidsteer?
Post by: chevytaHOE5674 on February 09, 2018, 12:03:16 PM
I had a mile marker hydraulic winch like you mentioned that was meant to run off a power steering pump and powered it off my dozers hydraulics and it worked good for pulling wood and what not. My only complaint was it was slow, would pull a house but takes all day to do it.
Title: Re: Dozer winch for skidsteer?
Post by: Riwaka on February 10, 2018, 12:52:43 AM
A light/ medium hydraulic  wrecker truck winch. Probably find lower cost one if a wrecker has been in a wreck itself.

(warn, mile marker - how many other brands ? most have good and not so good models)
20 feet of remote cable on some if you need a bit of stand back space.

Mounting position &machine positioning fairly important to give a good pull.

Should also see if there are any skid steer winch units around (clutch units etc)- used to compare cost wise/ time saving vs building your own.

Wrecker winch with plastic rope - fairleads and smart use of block

Asian friends appear to still have a bit of development work left to do on their model

eterra slow/ fast - clutch for pullout.