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I just figured how to put up an avatar. My home puter went down and am using my laptop. No pics of bikes yet in here but that will change.

I have a few of these off road rigs, this being the smallest one. I like to tinker a bit so made a few winches over the years, for these rigs up to 50hp. Have used hyd, electric and pto winches, pto being my favorite. But being this is an offroad vehicle, I guess I could call it my quadpullerouter. My 50hp rig has a winch permanently mounted in the loader frame and is very handy and use it more than I ever figured I would. Sure beats packing a chain around all the time for picking. Also have three point winches for the rear of the bigger one. Grew up in the woods so winches have been a part of my life since I can remember.
 

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here is a larger one. Like the bikes and quads, have to have a his and hers lol.

the one on the jd is hydraulic, a bit slow as the motor is large and the low gearing in the winch. I will break the 3/8th cable with ease so I have to watch it and be careful.
 

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Nice! I love the homemade engineering feats. My dad was a welder by trade and came up with some pretty remarkable things. Much respect and appreciation for these types of things
 

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this was a tree that was dying in our front yard. It took the chill off the winter cold. It was a poor tree for lumber. Called a cedrous dediadora sp? Like a piss fir, soft wood, rots easily. Had it been a douglas fir I would have made some lumber out of it.

Here are a couple of other contraptions I have come up with. I started making winches for tractors in the 70's. The yellow one on the jd has a boom that pivots over the top of the frame so I can hang a pulley or tongs on. It keeps the cable coming on the winch better and lifts the logs much higher.

Here are some ideas I though about for quads. This trailer is very handy in the bush. It converts to a flatbed dump by using the winch to lift the bed. I am making one right now as I sold my others. Next week the atv club is doing some work on forest service trails and hauling some rock in. These pics are of it setting up for gathering some tepee poles in Ak, if i can find them lol. Anyway, the arch part is laid down and the bed just slips on the short dowels. The winch part is chained to an upright position to lift the bed for dumping. Works great. The one of the quad top I may have posted, Al might be invading, not sure. I have made a tookbox that rides on the front rack and covers the opening below the windshield.
 

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trying again couldn't get the one for the flatbed to load. But this is it in arch fashion. The Winch part just unpins from the arch and stands up while the arch lays flat to put the bed on. Hook the winch to it to create the dump unit. Will try to figure out what is going on with the other pics.
 

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Nice rigs plumbstraight!

I don't miss the rain, ice storms, and hurricanes of North Carolina (where I grew up) but I sure do miss the forestry.
 
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