Can you use the Clutch Lever to operate the winch from outside?

pitpawten

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NO!

I knew the lever won't disengage under load, however I didn't realize the weight of the cable alone is enough to prohibit disengaging!

I'd finished cleaning and lubing the cable and was winding it neatly. I'd stopped several times without problem, however at the last 2 feet or so the lever would not disengage.

It gobbled the last 2 feet in a blink and then started binding. I dashed to the cab and hit the clutch before any serious damage.



The cable wound up extremely tight digging into itself

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The clevis end bound between the guard and the gearbox

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And the chain pulled tightly between the two links


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Though I was aware enough of the risk to keep myself out of the moving parts, I was dumb enough to try it anyway. Worst (or best) of all I had my 13yo son there and had been giving profuse "safety lessons" the whole time :/ He was not near the winch but hearing the grinding and seeing me running to the cab shook him...as it should have.


We had a good "even dads screw up" talk and post-mortem afterwards and we're thankful no-one was hurt and only minor damage.


Posting this as a "don't risk it" for others who are searching for shortcuts in the future.
 

cattlerepairman

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Thanks for posting this as a reminder. The winch looks innocent enough, but can become a dangeropus piece of kit very quickly.

Winching with this setup is one of the activities where you should take a second before you start, close your eyes and think through, step by step, how you will react if you had to abort in a hurry. That is especially important when you work ALONE, which is what many of us (have to) do, but operating the mechanical winch safely is really a two person job.
 

M543A2

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For my trucks I mount a west coast mirror sideways on brackets angled to give me a cab view of the winch as it wraps. I position the truck far enough from the object being winched so I can, when the cable reaches the side of the winch drum, release the brakes and let the winch pull my truck forward, turning the wheels to set the fleet angle so the cable will evenly wind the other way across the drum then hold the brakes again. I also used a license plate light mounted to shine light on the drum for low light and night operations.
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MikeON

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Did anyone ever rig up linkage to the clutch pedal, so you could engage/disengage the engine clutch from the front of the truck?
 

snowtrac nome

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I would get a pneumatic cylinder and rig it up next to the transmission to pull back ,or push the release fork ,than mount a flipper switch up front to control it with air I have several older fuel trucks in the fleet and that is how pto engagement is controlled from the rear of the truck
 
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