Thread Tools
Oct 01, 2013, 11:20 AM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP

Winch and Retriever info collection

Starting a thread to store winch and retriever data - feel free to comment and I will add info to the top threads ...... Bruce

Winch line 240lb test 290lb test
Retriever line
Brake belts ( I like the 0.5" belt, it seems to fit the pulley better and gets stuck less. Always verify length against belt being replaced due to variations in winch construction )
0.38" wide belt - cut to 11.75" long
0.5" wide - cut to 12" long
Costco Kirkland Marine - Item # 12852 - Marine Cranking Amps 750 - Cold Cranking Amps 600
Motor Brushes
Last edited by blewis01; Nov 20, 2014 at 08:35 PM. Reason: added 290lb line
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Oct 01, 2013, 11:24 AM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP

Dual Solenoid Project

Stuck Solenoid Alarm Schematic and parts list added.

Thanks to Randy Shore for the alarm design and build.

Copper buss bar stock - 0.125" x 0.625" x 24"

Last edited by blewis01; Oct 07, 2013 at 10:51 AM.
Oct 01, 2013, 11:26 AM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP

Other information

Winch and retriever maintenance / rebuilds

Foot pedal
Master power switch
Quick release battery clamps
Old style
New Style
Last edited by blewis01; Nov 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM.
Oct 02, 2013, 03:15 PM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP

Brake belt replacement

Info to be added
Oct 03, 2013, 06:44 PM
Registered User
Where do you take the motors to be rebuilt?
Oct 03, 2013, 11:43 PM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP
Originally Posted by Tim.Ellis
Where do you take the motors to be rebuilt?
San Jose Generator
40 San Jose Avenue
San Jose CA 95125
Rod Stuart (owner)

I was there today

Nov 22, 2013, 10:54 PM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP
I just got some new quick connect battery clamps - they were cheaper and I like them a LOT more. Better design, stronger clamp for the battery cables, plastic cover has tabs to prevent it from coming off. We shall see - I bought 2 sets.

Feb 01, 2014, 02:56 PM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP
Just edited post #1 for brake belt info, I added a 1/2" belt option. Also note that these belts are not commonly in stock, but can be ordered and in-store in 1 day. If you are hurting, do a search on O'Reily Auto parts for Lawn and Garden Belts and check for availability in-store.

Feb 06, 2014, 11:42 AM
Registered User
Hey Bruce,

I still have more of the #2 cable and some crimp lugs that the club paid for. Let me know if need more pieces made up.

Dec 09, 2014, 12:50 PM
that's gonna hurt...
Thread OP
Retriever replacement switch for arm down operation

Also available here ( thanks Randy )

Last edited by blewis01; Dec 09, 2014 at 04:52 PM.
Apr 04, 2016, 06:48 PM
Registered User

Hands Free Retriever Switch P/N

This is for the large 12 position 4PDT switch.

Digikey part 360-1925-ND.
Dec 23, 2016, 07:54 PM
Don McCullough's Avatar

Retriever One-Way Bearing

On Thursday the one-way bearing on the retriever stopped working. Remembering what to do with a heli one-way, I cleaned it with penetrating oil spray (nasty blackness emerged) then lubed it with Tri-Flow. It right away worked and after a few revolutions was somewhat smooth.

Lesson, periodically lube the one-way. They do not work when dry. Just penetrating oil won't do it.

We will see how it performs. Hopefully we won't need a new bearing. Allen wrenches for the retriever and Tri-Flow were added to the retriever bag.

Jun 09, 2017, 12:09 PM
Registered User

Foot Switch

Linemaster Treadlite II t-91-SC36
Aug 11, 2017, 12:00 PM
Registered User

Retreiver cam arm switches

V-15G5-1C26-K P/N
Aug 11, 2017, 04:38 PM
Registered User
This is a great place for this info.

Quick Reply

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale winch and retriever naylor900 Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 2 Jul 03, 2013 01:29 PM
Discussion Winch and retriever you may already own (mostly) 2motheus Sailplane Talk 5 Jul 02, 2013 01:09 PM
Sold Rahm winch and retriever on trailer charlesbair Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 3 Apr 10, 2013 11:12 PM
For Sale Rahm winch and retriever Bile Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 3 Feb 10, 2013 11:00 AM
Wanted Winch and Retriever Skytrek Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 4 Jan 23, 2013 07:55 PM