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I've been working it HARD, but not in an abusive way. Today, the primary lift winch on my Johnny Bucket Jr failed. The problem started by it quitting after lifting a load about 6 inches. I would dump the load, wait a few minutes, then it would work(no load). But, as soon as I scooped a load, it would quit. Then, it finally died completely. But, the ammeter goes to 20 amps when I hit the switch. I checked to see if it was the cable or the pulley or something mechanical, but it acts the same way even with the cable disconnected.
Right now, I'm wondering if it's the motor or the planetary gears. Any guesses?
 

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Sounds like you may have fried the motor. Your the only one i know with one hate to hear it quit. I guess it time for the actuator let us know what you find out about what happen to it.
 

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Yes, everything seems to indicate a fried motor.....especially when you consider that the heat of the engine, and muffler, transfer to the front frame plate and to the plate that mounts the winch. And, did I mention the OT was 105 degrees?
BUT, not to worry. John Scheele offerred to send out a replacement winch TODAY(under warranty). I like that guy.
 

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Thats great Willie hes going to replace it. 105 degrees:dazed: Was that the heat index or the actual temp:question:
 

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ME NEED BIGGER TRACTOR TO FIX PROBLEM

ME GET NEW ONE

ME THINK YOU ARE TAXING IT TOO MUCH WITH YOUR LIFTING PROWESS

ME THINKS HE SHOULD SEND YOU EXTRA SPARE!

YUMMY YUM YUM YUM!!! :D :D :D

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Crash! Are you going to keep trying to use this setup, Willie?
I saw on your other thread about the poor performance and design of the tranny unit in your opinion. Perhaps you are just have higher expectations on acceptable tolerances, build-quality
and overall design plans than AYP did. :D
 

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Seriously Willie, you might want to take a look at a Kubota 2230 or a Deere 2210. They will do all you want and more and beg for more.
 

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Originally posted by simple_john
oh man.. wheres GT5000 when you need him???? :furious: :furious: :furious:
He is here I think I spot him now. He sure looks happy now!

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HAHAHA

:furious: :furious: :furious: :furious: :furious: :furious:
 

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That was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid! Anyways, take a look at some compact tractors Willie. You may like what you see.
 

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In all seriousness, Willie --- I think a bigger machine might allow you to do big work that much easier. We all know how much of a skilled inventor, craftsman and enthusiast you are with all of this!
Maybe a replacement motor might be the trick for some time to come, but maybe you might just need to consider upgrading your package. I personally admire your ability to challenge the status-quo and work these GTs really hard. Better than just leaving it for cutting grass! :D

Well, let us know what your thoughts are on this! We are all looking forward to your answers, even Cookie Monster.

Andy
Bye
 

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Bad news! J-B John sent me an e-mail stating I have to deal directly with Super Winch on warranty issues. He WAS nice enough to send me their phone number. What this means to me is that I'll be out of commission for some time. I've got a job to do, and I don't know what I'm going to do, but I'm certainly not going to buy a bigger tractor.
I was planning on using the winch for as long as it took to figure out what I wanted to do with the adaptation of the linear actuator. There's some limitations that I don't like, if I use the new J-B 4"-stroke actuator.
 

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Well that just sucks! How can he back out now? Isn't this part of his package setup? How can he pick and choose what is covered under warranty by him (as part of his complete product) and now directly with Super Winch? Hopefully SuperWinch will step up and do the right thing and get you a replacement out ASAP.

Keep us posted.

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Andy,
What makes the inventor, craftsman and enthusiast "tick"? Whatever it is, to a great extend, is dictated by lack of funds.
Picking apart an existing design, and coming up with improvements, is a separate subject. Heck, I've even done it on mulit-million dollar pieces of equipment.
At a lower level, as soon as I "discovered" the Johnny Bucket Jr, I knew all the reasons why a winch was a poor choice as a primary lifting device. I communicated this to John, and to others, and suggested that the linear actuator was a much better way of doing it. I made it clear that I would immediately buy a J-B Jr if it had an 2-way actuator instead of a winch. John didn't bite, so I ordered a J-B anyway, thinking I would adapt an actuator to it myself. It wasn't until John saw photos of my actuator adaptation on the sleeve hitch that he gave me "the time of day". And now, the linear actuator is standard on the J-B Jr.
It's the story of my life. But, it wouldn't be if I only had significantly more money. The amount of money that I've spent on my tractor, including attachments and implements, is at the upper limit of what I can spend. However, I haven't reached the upper limit of my thought process.
Since I can't afford what I really want, I suspect I'll end up improving my tractor, and some of its implements, all within my budget. I'll just have to allow more time for it, that's all. I've got more time than money. Where have we heard that before? I certainly don't believe I'm any kind of lone eagle in THAT big group.
 

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Your open thought and vision is a blessing to this entire community. Thanks for keeping the dream of creativity and out-of the box thinking alive.

You are an inspiration.
Andy
 

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Inspiration or not, it seems apparent to everyone that Willie is pushing his machine to the point of failure. I know I am not alone when I read his post and thought to myself that, duh, his machine will not hold up to that kind of abuse. Chief and Andy are right, if Willie doesn't upgrade to a proper machine, more components will fail.

I don't see how the aggravation and expense of constantly fixing and/or rebuilding an undersized piece of equipment is cheaper than getting the right tractor.

IMHO, you are going to be out more money in the long run abusing that Husky than buying the appropriate sized Deere, Cub, Kubota, etc.

That small Garden tractor and JB was simply not designed for your purposes.
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HAHAHA :D

Wasn't there a song to match your feelings, Johnray?


<h1>"Tell it like it is"</h1>


I believe it was a title song by Aaron Neville.

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