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Old 02-07-2002, 03:25 AM
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Hi, I have been using a Hi-Start and would like to move on to a winch. I don't know alot about them so any and all information would be helpfull. Do most people make their own or buy a ready to use produce?
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Old 02-07-2002, 03:51 PM
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I don't know how many people buy versus build their own from scratch, but you may want to take a look at this site. Tim McCann produces a very nice winch kit. Quality of workmanship is great, instructions, drawings and a list of everything needed to complete your winch along with various optional setups, and a listing of suppliers. The website is http://www.superskeg.com/
Old 02-07-2002, 04:32 PM
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To the best of my knowledge, there aren't many "ready-to-use" new winches "commercially" available currently. The demand is not sufficient to support it - and many of those vendors who have provided them in the past have discontinued production.

Many of us build our own, either from scratch or utilizing plans/kits available from sources such as the one mentioned by Merlin. A simple websearch will turn up several. And there seems to always be a market in used winches as well - so you might try posting for one here or in the "Wanted" forum.
Old 02-10-2002, 05:20 PM
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http://www.monkeytumble.com/winchdoc/

If and when available, the Winch Doctor's winch would be a good choice for heavy duty and contests.

http://members.aol.com/laserartco/

Nice plans for the do-it-yourself winch builder.

http://www.irfmachineworks.com/lbwinch/

The Little Big Winch is available complete and ready to use with the addition of a charged batery. A good choice for sports fliers who don't fly large, heavy planes.

http://www.superskeg.com/

A nice kit that isn't too demanding to assemble.
Old 02-12-2002, 10:22 AM
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I have built a number of winches using both 12-volt Ford longshaft and modified Chevy starters. I use dual ball bearings on the motors and v-belts or flat belts on the brakes. I also build the foot pedals and turnarounds. I like to try my winches out for a while myself and then sell them for a reasonable price. Look at my website and let me know if there's anything there you can use.

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