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Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-08-2009, 6:18 PM Reply   
Just pulled my 5hp Briggs and Stratton from my old Go-Kart and started scheming winch designs... Before I invest any time or money I wanted some feed back on how the 5hp will work. I know most folks are runnin 6.5 - 8.0s. I'm not too worried about deep water starts because we can usually find a starting dock.... Any feed back or places to find parts will be appreciated.
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       03-08-2009, 6:21 PM Reply   
it will work fine, especially with a TAV. the main winch i ride behind is a 5hp b&s with a cc and it deep water starts me and my buddies.
Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-08-2009, 6:34 PM Reply   
Anyone got a good place for parts or a winch building for dummies website? I have no clue how to build one but I'm pretty handy with hand tools, welders, and shiz... and I have tiny-bit of engineering knowledge as well.
Old     (chrishopf)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-08-2009, 8:28 PM Reply   
Other than your metal material and your TAV, you can find just about the parts you need at northern tool. You will also find this link very helpful as well!!

Your gonna have fun building this....Good Luck!
Old     (smithy)      Join Date: Mar 2009       03-09-2009, 12:24 AM Reply   
wat motor do they have one that website looks the goods
Old     (ollieshuvitz)      Join Date: Apr 2006       03-09-2009, 12:35 AM Reply   
5.5 hp B&S works fine, just make sure you have the gearing dialed.
Old     (zoodsmak)      Join Date: Feb 2009       03-09-2009, 4:34 AM Reply   
Our first winch was a 5.5 without a torque converter. It worked fine but took a little time to get up to speed. Our new winch runs with an 8 and a torque converter and you can dock with this one. We needed faster starts for tight boat show setups.
Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-09-2009, 5:22 AM Reply   
Chris... thanks a million bro... that is exactly what I'm thinking.
Old     (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-09-2009, 7:55 AM Reply FTW
Old     (chrishopf)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-09-2009, 7:18 PM Reply   
Luker... No problem man...I think everyone should have a winch! I finished building mine a few months ago and its AWESOME!!!! If you have anymore questions along the way just shoot me an email and I'll help you out as much as I can.

Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-10-2009, 5:36 AM Reply   
I emailed you chris but I'll ask the question here....

How do you fix the axle ends into the pillows? Is it those little "C" ring clips that sit in a grove on the axle or something else?
Old     (xbones)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-18-2009, 9:31 PM Reply   
To answer my own question, the pillow blocks have set screws build in.

I've made some progress from the spool to starting the frame. Lots more design, welding, painting and testing to do but check out the progress here:
The most recent pic:



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