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    Utility trailer winch

    Iíve been using one of these chained to the front rail of my trailer for loading dead garden tractors on my 6x12 utility trailer.



    It has already done everything I asked, but Iíve used everything it can give too. Closing in on cable replacement I decided to upgrade.

    Step one was a harbor freight bracket to put a 2Ē receiver in a useful location.





    Now I wait for an amazon delivery for setup 2.


    Iíll probably still add a forward support near the red line.

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    Yes, you will need more support for sure

    What was your gas setting? I use about 25 CFH and that works really well. I think the wind was blowing your shielding gas away. It should sound like sizzling bacon, if it was going pop-pop-pop-pop then the gas is not working, this is the downside of gas shielding and outdoor welding. Your joint prep looks great though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Yes, you will need more support for sure

    What was your gas setting? I use about 25 CFH and that works really well. I think the wind was blowing your shielding gas away. It should sound like sizzling bacon, if it was going pop-pop-pop-pop then the gas is not working, this is the downside of gas shielding and outdoor welding. Your joint prep looks great though!
    I was running 15 cfh, but yes it was windy. I put the fender pan up as a windbreak, along with using the sheet of aluminum. One big surprise was turning my helmet down from 12 to 9 to see more then just the puddle.

    And my 28 year old grinder died. It works until it get hot, then has trouble starting.
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    Try running at 25 CFH, especially when outside. This is what I use in the garage all the time, maybe a bit much but it works well. I also use #9 on my Miller helmet for MIG welding.
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    Your helmet shade level should change with the amperage. The higher the amps, the more shade you need. If you are welding pretty consistently at the same, or near the same, then leaving your shade at the same setting is ok. If you lift your hood and you see spots, you donít have it dark enough. Most people make the mistake of welding in an area where itís too dark thinking the weld itself will light your way. Well this works to an extent, but not nearly as well as working in a well lit environment.

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    I agree with kennyd. Mounting the winch in front and above the top rail will increase the leverage forces applied to the top trailer rail dramatically. I like the idea and I thing it will work nicely when you put some more support on the mount.
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    I put a cheap tractor supply winch on my utility trailer a few years ago for the same use. Please excuse the incorrect nomenclature and all that. It was cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydplrs View Post
    I was running 15 cfh, but yes it was windy. I put the fender pan up as a windbreak, along with using the sheet of aluminum. One big surprise was turning my helmet down from 12 to 9 to see more then just the puddle.

    And my 28 year old grinder died. It works until it get hot, then has trouble starting.
    Hey that sounds like me. I work until I get hot and then I have trouble getting going again after a break!
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