winch for trailer tailgate

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by aclassic, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. aclassic

    aclassic LawnSite Member
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    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,
  2. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    I was wondering the exact same thing about a week ago
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    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
  4. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can you post some pics of that?
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I will try and take some tom and get my wife to post them here tom night
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    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!
  7. kimberjim

    kimberjim LawnSite Member
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    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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