Are you building a motorized trailer mover? ... with a ball to move heavy boats around? ...was thinking you can disengage the winch to roll around. Add a removable seat and attach a big cooler with wheels and you will be a big hit at the next picnic lol.
Yep made it way to easy. lol Yes you can disengage the the winch pulley to free wheel it. Some of the stuff I had lying around, like the 1 3/4" square steel tube. I got the wheels from a golf cart place that modifies them so they were only $15 each and they had new tread, one had a screw in it, no biggie, plugged it and good to go.
I know where I can get gears and shaft bearing assemblies...where did you get the shaft with jetway and hubs with jetways? Are those set screw keeper collars to keep things from drifting along the shaft? Hmm - I already have the tires and winch. The project list might have just gotten longer. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah the gears, axle, pillow blocks and clam stops I got from Amazon. Still need the battery and chain. Going to war on the chain until I know exactly where Im mounting the winch. I'm thinking upside down in the middle under the battery. Have to decide if Im going to use a marine deep cycle or some high amperage small foot print, of course the later probably won't be cheap.
Will you key both wheels for position-traction or just one so you can pivot around easier? Would you throw a wagon handle on front to steer it around or do you just need it for straight in and out of a garage? Guess good equipment ends up costing money. Their was a manufactured one on CL early spring... can't remember price...guess I figured I would not use it enough to justify price. Might have been around 150-250 but not sure. It looked old school tuff, compact and solid. Maybe I should have snatched it up-too late now. Keep the pictures coming...might "borrow " your idea if that is ok?
Sorry I haven't replied right away. I've been in the hospital with Pneumonia since Tuesday, it's kicked my a$$. Anyway yes both wheels will be keyed that way there's plenty of traction to go anywhere, where a single can break lose. I expect this to pull my 5000lb trailer around also. I did show it but I have a chunk of 1 3/8" black vinyl covered top fence rail that will be used as a handle, hence the swivel caster for up front, should turn easily anywhere I need it too. Plan on welding a short tube at an angle to hold the handle so it's removable for easier storage. I looked around on the internet for ideas and prices and the cheapest I could find was over $500 forgone that isn't going to be as heavy duty. I' kind of combing about three different ones I've seen.
Sorry to hear of your setback. Glad it is something you recover from. That should turn out to be one nice mini brute. Just the easy of a steady and sure footed move that is easy on the body will easily pay for itself in spared possible back injuries and potential Dr. bills possible when manauly horsing big rigs around by hand. Will be neat to see completed.
Ok so feeling better finally this weekend so I got some work done since it rained all day Saturday.
I got the mock up of the frame assembly done in cardboard, got the 1 3/4" square tubing cut to lengths and welded up and got the pulley off the winch, end cut off, turned down to 1", keyway cut, key installed and pulled torqued to the end of the pulley. Also got it all back together. now I'm waiting for the plate steel for the top and under winch mount to come in so I can weld that one and drill the necessary holes for mounting. Sorry if the pics are out of order, that's why I narrated.
Very cool. If I ever decide to build something similar, I would have to add a disc break as a safety because I had a sloped driveway AND I probably would do something wrong and the chain or sprocket would break on me and the boat would roll into the street at the worst time. Maybe I could tie a tow strap to the back with a little slack as a safety for testing...I can just see my garden tractor being drug our of the garage. Maybe I will leave the engineering to you and not get in over my head. Sweat mock up you have. The name Turtle Tug just came to mind. You will no doubt have a better name for it. Hope you have fully recovered so you enjoy this build more!
Neat project Bob. You're going to need it when you finish the Resorter. One of the reasons I sold the Sabre was that it was too heavy for an old guy to push and pull around and take it out of the garage. I just McGivered a hand held trailer puller from two old garden tiller wheels and a bicycle handle bar.
I do have an old 24V scooter motor with sprockets and chain that I could probably put together but.......naaah fergit it.
Thanks guys I am feeling better and that's not a bad name Dr. I'll keep it in mind. Zippy the Snail came to mind for some reason also since it's going to just creep along with this gear ratio but will look fast. lol Yeah Cal these 18'+ boats are not meant to be wrestled around wth those cheap 2 wheel long arm ones. Yeah they move back and forth real easy but you got to get that weight rolling from a dead stop and that ain't easy, at least for the bigger stuff.
I like that your name includes the illusion of speed with "Zippy". I once had my 1,700 pound rig take a quick lunge out of my garage since the asphalt has settled. My driveway starts sloping aggressively after one boat length. Good thing I had good shoes on and gained weight over the years as it took all of my 226 pounds and lots of grunting with my back and leg power to stop that momentum before it got to the slope. I didn't realize the pavement had sagged more than previous years. 5 more feet and I would have had to bail and watch it travel 150' across road and into neighbors yard. I hook up now while still in garage and snail it out with only inches to spare on sides. Your rig will prove priceless!
So I'm feeling better finally and have been busy with this project as it's been rainy lately and hard to work on the resorter when it's really rainy.
The main carcass is welded up, the handle socket welded on and mounting plate for the winch. Handle is fabricated, needs finish painting and the lock pin hole drilled through it. The axle parts are all painted now and ready to go back together once the carcass is painted, but not before welding the ball tower. I have to put the axle on temporarily so I can figure out how high it needs to be.
Awesome job. Hey, maybe mini wheely bars could add to the looks regarding "cool" factor. Some fake mini chrome pipes sticking up and some flame stickers. Oops, I was flashing back to Hot Wheel days. That is one cool machine you have there!! Nice work.
Thanks guys. Still engineering the wheelie problem. It might jut be that I need to stop the pivot of the ball and trailer hitch. I think that's how the Park it 360 does it but it would require a redesign of the ball mount I think.
The cool factor is 100%. The usefulness is 100%. As long as it works that's all that matters. Once you finish the resorter and get all that trailer weight on the transporter I don't think wheel spin will be a problem.