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Gravely Rider Recovery

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Went to look at a Gravely rider tonight that is a non-runner. It is going to need some assistance getting onto the trailer. I have some fairly heavy duty ratchet straps, but no come-along/ratchet puller as of yet. What is the best method to get a non-running rider into a tilt bed trailer? I've been interested in one of these for some time, but haven't taken the leap yet:

Seems like a nice quality unit.

I'm just not one to buy one of those cheap electric winches. Rather have a made in USA manual unit that should last a lifetime.
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No winch needed, me and the boy selling these just lifted them on.

I just tilted the trailer a little, lift the front, lift the back, loaded!

A come-along can put out a HUGE amount of force. I've used one a lot, and pulled trees over with one. I even managed to overload and bend the frame of one doing that. It would work quite well for loading a Gravely, but remember that the larger the rated capacity, the slower it will pull the rope in. A light duty one will work well for what you want to do, and move it a lot faster. I also got one of those new pullers that uses a strap instead of wire rope, but haven't had a chance to use it. I got mine at Gemplers. The PowR-Pull models are US Made and nice construction. Check them out.
What is the best method to get a non-running rider into a tilt bed trailer?
Downhill!! :biglaugh:

Maybe the seller will have something to shove it onto the trailer with?
If the tires have air in them, I think 2 people could do it fairly easy as long as it's not too steep of a grade.
A come-a-long would be the best option because you can use it in other places than just the trailer. I have a manual 2k lb winch mounted at the front of one of my trailers, but it's on my smallest one unfortunately. When I picked up my 16g two weeks ago I was lucky that the seller could help me push it in the trailer.

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Are the tires okay?
I have other uses as well. Off the top of my head:

1. Tensioning the welded wire garden fence;
2. Skidding trees, esp. with a tree hugger;
3. Gravely recovery on the property with a tree hugger. [Sometimes with the weight of one rider being approx. equal to another and when attempted uphill especially, a rider can't always recover another rider.]

Loremaster72, thanks for the tip. I will check those out. For that price I could get two, allowing me to tension my garden fence top/bottom independently.
RedRider. You got the right idea with the puller, but spend the couple bucks more and get the one with the Samson Amsteel blue rope instead of the wire rope. The wire kinks and becomes a misery in one wrong move. the downside of the amsteel is it doesnt like sharp edges, but it can go around corners and you can use the puller to set beads on skidsteer tires's the limit. It's a great tool to have. You just have to use a cable choker or short continuous sling to basket around the sharp greasy stuff.

In the meantime... chock up the back tires of a rider with firewood or whatever that will bite in, and back the trailing edge of your tilt trailer up under the front tires of the tractor and scoop up under it like an egg omelet until the rear tires are somewhat committed to the edge of the trailer, than tie it off and level the deck down. Roll it forward, tie it in and your off like a prom dress.
LOL, I keep a come along right in the truck. You never know.
Don't forget, when you are trying to push a tractor with good tires, if you push the top of the tire, it is easier to roll it because you are effectively doubling your leverage. Just watch you don't mash your hand between the tire and the fenders.

Ironpile631, thanks for the heads-up on the synthetic rope. I just bookmarked the Wyeth-Scott company with their heavy, US made pullers with that rope, as well as the Samson Rope Company.
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