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Old    Austin Parrish (Wake4Life)      Join Date: Sep 2010       09-16-2010, 3:26 PM Reply   
So ive recently been interested in getting a winch. Can you guys explain to me how to work a winch and if it is hard... and how expensive they are and if its possible to make a home-made winch? thanks
Old    Ben Wilcox (benjaminp)      Join Date: Nov 2008       09-16-2010, 3:58 PM Reply   
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Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       09-16-2010, 4:07 PM Reply   
its possible. just takes a while to build and resources. can you weld? any good at building things?
you need a frame
6.5+hp motor
Torque A Verter
Spool with proper inner/outter diameter
fairlead
metal for frame
pillow blocks
brake mechanism
line
drive shaft
proper gearing
and im sure theres more.....i have most of my parts gather just need to build...
Old    Spencer (spencerwm)      Join Date: Feb 2009       09-16-2010, 5:06 PM Reply   
I have been winching a little bit this summer. It is fun if you want to hit a small body of water or river. You can make one for around $1000 which is dependent on what parts you find on craigslist. They are easy to drive. We don't use a brake as our winch has a centrifugal clutch so when you turn the motor off it stops spooling quickly. The best part about the winch is that we fill the gas tank about 3 times a year.

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