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Old 11 August 2004, 16:47   #11
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Yeah buying shares in tractor depends how many times you intend to use it... as with boats.. thats why i went halves on boat shares.. as would be away for 8 months a year...
If you launch as much as us.. then well tractor becomes viable..
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Old 12 August 2004, 03:06   #12
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"Might wanna spend slightly more than £450.. just on the basis it might work for more than 5 minutes..."

......... Agree but it must be worth having a look at before you spend thousands on something that also might last five minutes ! you also have to bere in mind the tractors history and what its been used for, go buy one from a farm where its been used to plough fields and i'd expect it to have thousands of hours use, but maybe from a marina it might be a lot less and may have been mechanically looked after well, why spend thousands on something your only going to use for ten minutes to drag your boat in and out when you could spend hundreds instead ??
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Old 12 August 2004, 03:19   #13
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Buy a dumper , they are cheaper and less complicated than a tractor (you donít need hydraulic draft control, pto, ground speed control and 30 gears) they have better towing ability(4x4), better ground clearance and because you sit higher you have greater control.

Get a 4ton thwaites for £1000 ish. Take the skip off and add 2tons of ballast (old chain). Make sure itís a key start one with a Ford 27** engine.
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Old 12 August 2004, 04:49   #14
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Buy a dumper , Des
Good call, Des.

And they're a lot more manoeuvrable. Even Stuart should be able to reverse one....(Just kidding, mate. I know you'll still struggle)
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calshot tractor is sold.. itw as personally owned and not used for heavy use just a small rib
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Old 12 August 2004, 12:30   #16
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There you go .....see you missed out on a great deal with the Calshot tractor and its had hardly a hard life at all draging a small rib around.....now your going to have to go and spend thousands on vertually the same thing.

Why dont you have a look out for a Harris gun carrier, these babies are well hard and not only could you launch and recover your rib but you'd have the added functionality to shoot anyone that takes up the slipway.

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Hi BadBaws

I saw the following on Ebay, don't know if they are of any use to you

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...486974500&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...486702626&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...486987983&rd=1

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If you have a reasonable weight car, why not buy a cheap electric winch, rated up to 5 tons, stick it on the towhitch and just roll it out (with jockeywheel down!) That way you wont get your car stuck on that ever so slippery ramp-o-disaster.

IF you go for a tractor, might be an idea to get a 4wd one... as 2WD often does not provide enough traction on the algae, and requires a 2nd tractor to pull it up the ramp in the first place

4wd, diff lock on both axles, that would do the trick! I think a small "compact" tractor would actually do the job, however they are quite costly, especially if you only use them every now and then...

I think cost wise i'd settle for a tow hitch electrical winch.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/id=108080183&ssPageName=L2

8000lbs one should do, i think you can get a towhitch kit for it... and the rolling weight down the ramp of the boat should not be as much as the trailer +boat itself, unless its really steep.

Bleh, it's just an idea... it helps my post counts go up, doesn't it.
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would just be easier for movin tonne boat around yard with tractor.. rather than using winch.. we have a winch.. and long lengths of rope.. trust me I use a BMW 7 series for launching.. my wheels don't even get to the waterline.. but a tractor gives more uses than just slipway.. if has loader then becomes a mini forklift too.. As for dumper idea.. sounds good.. but I just like the idea of a tractor.. and compact ones well they are just as expsensive as the biguns...
Also using for example a yard tractor.. they don't work at 10pm or midnight.. when having worked on the boat ashore all day have to put it in for a quick spin or because tide is wrong next morning and boat is out on charter...
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