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#1 DanQ

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 01:54 PM

I know 4 strokes are reliable, but sleds still break and need to be loaded up for repair. This happened to me early in the life of our first 1200 - broken clutch spring. Luckily, I had some strong friends that helped drag it up the ramp and on the trailer.

I wanted to be more prepared in the future, because if it happened when just the wife and I were riding, there is no way I could load a dead sled. So I picked up a cheap atv winch and mounting plate from harbor freight. I was thinking of bolting it on the trailer and making jumper cables to power it. Long story short, I came up with this portable winch idea.

The chain can be attached to the trailer OR the sled. The jump pack powers the winch. Winch can be positioned on either side of the trailer. It's portable so I can use it on friends sleds and their trailers by using tow straps or D rings.

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 03:18 PM

Looks like a good idea, I also have a portable electric winch and a 12v power pack. I should throw it in the trunk along with all my other winter survival stuff. Years  ago I had an Indy that wouldn't start, ended up breaking the pull cord. Let me tell you it almost killed me putting that 500lbs of dead weight back up on the trailer. Now I always start my machines before backing off the trailer.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 04:13 PM

Yes that was that I was doing, but I didn't have an attachment point figured out. Mounting everything to a board made it more useable.

It's kind of like an electric come-along, but if I attach it to the sled I can use the remote button while I steer the sled.

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 07:48 PM

This fall my wifes Polaris Sportsman 570 blew a belt on the trail. I quite understand the back ache trying to load a dead machine in the trailer.

 

I cheaped out, and just have a manual come along in my trailer now.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:03 PM

I mounted a winch in my trailer. not portable but when you drive a skidoo....



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 06:49 AM

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Folks.  Here is what I use.  It is a Warn drill motor winch.  Not rated to "lift and hold", but works to lift up to 500 pounds and then I block the sled when it's up.  I leave an eye bolt in the second, not needed threaded hole in the trailer for "when needed" to pull a dead sled back in the trailer.  I also blocked a lift ring to the ceiling of the garage.  Along with a tall saw horse that's in the picture.  I had been taking this winch out on the trail with me but quit when I read about the trick of hooking a rope or strap to the track and running the rope under the sled.  Using the track to pull the rope.  Tried it on the last ride just for grins, and it works super easy!!!  I used a strap instead of a rope.   

 

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 06:54 AM

The newer version of the drill motor winch is ~$180 and pulls ~750 pounds with a 40' steel cable.  

 

https://smile.amazon...,aps,164&sr=8-4



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 03:53 PM

Interesting, I didn't know about the drill motor winch option.  Looks easy, just attach tow straps.

Options summary:

hand winch  $15

atv winch + mounting plate  $65

drill motor winch  $180



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 05:13 PM

Using the drill motor winch to lift the sled in the garage...  Priceless.  :- )



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 09:25 PM

This got me thinking DanQ and I will be purchasing a hand winch. At least something to help get it on the tilt bed trailer. My trailer is a 5’x12’ single and the tilt angle isnt to drastic but having the winch in the suv to me is worth the money. Will look to see if I can find one even small enough to fit in the linq bag. Does the battery pack have enough juice to drag your dead sled in the trailer? Would be worth a try to see before you would need to use it. JC

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 01:19 PM

Oh yeah, the jump pack has plenty of capacity. It's sized to start a 3.0L diesel. I tested it already. When I first hooked it up it didn't work and I was really ticked off. Then I figured out how to disable it's protections and turn on the 12v output so it would "act" like a battery. Then it worked fine.

In a pinch, I could pull a battery out of the sled, or the battery I use for my stand alone trailer lights.

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 01:33 PM

Right on thanks! I always wanted to purchase a battery pack but was not sure if they are any good. Gonna do some research while I wait for snow. JC

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 04:14 PM

That drill winch is a neat one.  I'd opt for the synthetic rope though.  Lighter and easier to handle plus no corrosion.






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