View Full Version : winch for trailer tailgate
09-29-2005, 12:02 AM
has anyone tried to rig something up that raises their tailgate w/ some sort of electric winch. so instead of bending over and lifting the gate (even w/ gate assist) you could just stand on the side of the trailer and flip a switch, and up it goes.
if anyone has ever done this please let me know where you can get a really small winch (cheap also) i cant find much under $50 and they are all for boats, i'd like something smaller,
let me know,
09-29-2005, 12:15 AM
I was wondering the exact same thing about a week ago
09-29-2005, 12:21 AM
I have pondered the same idea, but it seems so slow. I have 2 garage springs and a handle about waist high on my gate, I grab the handle and walk forward and up comes the gate
09-29-2005, 12:22 AM
I have 2 garage springs and a handle about waist high on my gate, I grab the handle and walk forward and up comes the gate
Can you post some pics of that?
09-29-2005, 12:25 AM
I will try and take some tom and get my wife to post them here tom night
09-29-2005, 12:32 AM
I agree, it would be too slow. And it would probably be faster and most likely cheaper than a winch too. Also, whats cheaper, replacing a winch part or entire unit or a garage spring if something breaks? Not only cheaper but easier to fix. Just my opinion but my vote would be for the springs!
11-07-2005, 10:54 PM
Here's a pick of my 125hp Toyota Dyna.
I made up this folding gate a month or so ago and fitted a 5500lb winch to raise and lower it.The gate weighs about 250kg and is somewhat over engineered but will take a Bobcat and my frontmount mowers easily.
It takes about 2 minutes to plug in the remote,unclip the latches and to get it down...
Maybe it's abit slow for some operators but I usually only stop once or twice a day so it works well for me and the properties I maintain.
All I gotta do now is get some paint on it and letter the truck.:D
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