1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community on the Franchising Forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Stuck my s185. Self-recovered using wheels as a winch...

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by TXTom, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. TXTom

    TXTom LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    First off, I don't have any pictures.

    I spent a few hours yesterday using my S185 w/forks to clean out an old concrete pool. This was a hand made pool surrounding a natural spring. A couple of large concrete slabs 3'x4'x6" had fallen into the pool. I used a chain and nylon strap to recover the slabs. In the process, I managed to get my S185 severely stuck. My right rear wheel was completely submerged in mud. The rear of the tractor was against a rock ledge. Having the forks on the front and the rear so deep I had absolutely no traction. My location was difficult to get to with the tractor and would have been impossible for a wrecker. Also, I was 200 yards from a river on an 1800 acre ranch about 60 miles from the nearest large town. I had to come up with a way to get myself out. I didn't have a come-a-long or hi-lift. I was able to find a rock ledge about 20' away. I used one of my transport chains and was able to anchor it by balling up one of the ends and then placing it at the bottom of a crevice. This made a great anchor point. I raised the front wheels off the ground and looped one of my load straps around the tire. I then tied the strap to the chain. I was able to spin the slack out of the strap and use the front wheel as a winch to pull myself out. I just thought I would share my solution in case someone else ends up in a similar jamb.

    Later-
     
  2. dons

    dons LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    That's really thinking, good save!
     
  3. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 891

    Sounds like fun:laugh:
     
  4. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    impressive
     
  5. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    awesome idea!
     
  6. leaflandscape

    leaflandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    The feeling of being completely f$#@ed in a four wheel drive machine is very humbling though, isn't it?
     
  7. TXTom

    TXTom LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    This was actually my first time to get stuck. I have almost been stuck many times, but usually can use the bucket to help myself out. Having the forks on presents a whole different problem. They are too long to push back with. Once I wedged myself against the rock in back I was done. One of our family past times is running Jeeps offroad. I think this definitely helped me figure my way out. Just to give you an idea of how stuck I was, I was able to get 3 wheels off the ground. I was using rocks, branches, anything I could find to fill the ruts. The tires would immediately push everything out and I would be back where I started. Driving my self up that anchored strap was my only way out, and I was really surprised at how well it worked.
     
  8. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    Got it out with just one strap? That's impressive! I did something similar with a Bobcat 743 and two load straps years ago. We had someone drive the Bobcat into a drainage ditch which was full of marl and could not get out. I came up with the idea to use several chains hooked together to a power pole and an I-beam from a guard rail with two load straps from the I-beam to the Bobcat tires. Wrapped straps around tires and started machine. Just got in and drove it out.
     
  9. TXTom

    TXTom LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    Yes I only used one strap. I actually started with it on the left front, but could see it was pulling me the wrong way based on my anchor point. I switched to the right front and it drove right out. If that didn't work, I would have probably tried using two straps. I did some searching, and I see that there are a few different manufacturers of "wheel winches". I know that there are also ways to use a driveshaft as a winch, but obviously not on a Bobcat....

    Later-
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    Good call, I've heard of this being done and always wondered if it worked. Awesome!
     

Share This Page