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  1. #11
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    Default I suppose now you want to see what that goes on???

    It all was mounted on a very large tandem steer, tandem drive SOW bed truck that I built a little while ago. We built two identical. Both have full hydraulics powered by F.E.P.T.O. (Front Engine Power Take Off) pumps, meaning they have full power moving or stationary. Both have double winches (Braden 125 & Tulsa RN 60) Both have gin poles. Both have hydraulic lift kick rolls. Both have hydraulic gin pole risers. All in all, I believe when we were done building these trucks we added around 15 tons of steel to the overall weight.

    Some pictures are of the completed trucks. Some are of gin poles in the air. I'll even throw in a couple of pictures with my Super Duty in them to give you fellas an idea how massive these things are.

    Hope you enjoy the pics.
    Later,
    Jason
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    Default Thanks for the pics

    Thanks Black Wolf for all the pics. I haven't had a chance to look through all of them, but trust me I will over the next few days. I like the hitch box idea. Never would have thought about going that route. Part of me really wants to keep the 5th wheel plate because I know as soon as I take it off, I'll regret it. Just because Murphy works that way. This might be my answer, though. I dug the winch out from dad's barn this weekend. hadn't seen it in 6 or 7 years but I knew it was heavy enough that I'd be the only one to every mess with it. I'm going to track down the serial numbers and such this week and download a manual from Braden. That way I can have all the specs on it. I bought it at action and then stored it years ago, so I'm not a 100% sure of what I have. I just know it's Braden and takes a tractor to pick it up and set it on the trailer.

    I'll post more as it happens.

    SSS
    Bobcat 250, MM 210, Syncrowave 180, Spectrum 375
    Cat 242B Skid Steer, Challenger (Cat/Agco) MT275
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  3. #13
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    Blackwolf, cool looking work. Your right you must have added a mess of weight to that truck. What is it used for?? Nice welds and really neat design with the pipe to protect the winch
    thanks for the pics
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    Default Intresting find

    So today I started following up on the model of winch that I have. I got in touch with a product support rep from Braden. When I first gave him the numbers off of the ID plate on the unit, he sounded a bit confused. He told me that they didn't really make sense and that they weren't in the standard format for their products. He asked me if there were any other marking on the unit so that he could research it. I told him the only other markings were "Braden Winch Co, Tulsa Okla." that were cast into the end cap of the worm drive. He paused for a second and said "Tulsa??" We haven't built anything in Tulsa since the late '40s. That's when the company moved to the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. Looks like I have a little piece of heavy equipment history sitting in the shop floor! Now I'm not sure if I even want to use it. Even though it's in good shape, I'd hate to tear up something like that. Maybe I can find a museum that would like it.

    SSS
    Bobcat 250, MM 210, Syncrowave 180, Spectrum 375
    Cat 242B Skid Steer, Challenger (Cat/Agco) MT275
    1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

  5. #15
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    Scott,

    Hey, thanks for the compliments. Always appreciated. Bed trucks like this and larger are used in the Oil & Gas industry in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. They are used to move Service Rigs, Drilling Rigs, Productiont Testing Equipment, and Rental Equipment.

    I used to drive larger beds than I have in the pictures. Basically what they do is unload all of the skid-mounted equipment off of the tractor/trailer units, and winch the loads onto the bed, and carry into location, or just move around location and spot into the correct place on the lease. The gin poles pictured are used to unload pipe, collars, blow-out preventers (BOP's) and the like off of tractor/trailer units. They are also used to remove the draw works off of the drilling floor, and to remove the derrick mast from the substructure. Another common use it loading/unloading 8' x 40' rig matting, and spotting into place. You get the idea.

    The bed truck in the pictures has a special type of gin poles on it. It's hush-hush so I can't give out too many details. Short version is that the gin poles, along with the rest of the bed that we built, and the specs off the Kenworth cab & chassis were sent to an engineer for certification. This is the first bed truck we know of with an actual engineered lifting system on it. According to the engineer, after de-rating the poles to allow for a industry accepted safety factor, the truck is certified to physically lift 69.8 tons (139,600 lbs). We further de-rated the poles to 40 tons so we weren't working to the limits all the time and using up the life of the truck.

    Now that you're used to that piece of iron, I'll post pictures of the biggest machine in the yard. For the record, we did not build this unit. It was hand built by the manufacturer in Calgary. It costs just over $1.2 million. This company bought 2. I did some revisions and customization to this unit after the pictures. Also a previous trucking company I drove for, it was part of my job to load and haul this piece of equipment to & from the location.

    First picture is from 1997. This is the winch tractor I drove for a local oilfield hauling company. The jeep & lowbed I used, and the Commander that I hauled. This photo was taken by a professional model builder. Behind the reception desk at this company is a scale model replica of all the equipment in this picture down to the last detail. My name is even on the driver's door.

    All the following pictures are of the new 2006 Foremost Commander C's that I mentioned earlier. I tried to post a few photos showing how large these things are. Guys in photos are two of the welders I worked with at this company.

    Enjoy.
    Later,
    Jason
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    I'll show you what we started out with, and a couple of shots of some of the steel we piled onto this thing. I have lots more if anybody is interested.

    Later,
    Jason
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    Blackwolf, Thanks for the pics and the explanation. I'm always interested in the oil field/pipe line work. Here on the east coast of [USA] we dont have any of that so have never been exposed to it. Very interesting though!! I showed the pics to some guys here and everybody thought the equipment was cool. Really liked the pipe guard built over the winches


    SSS-Do they have a winch museum somewhere?? Might be better than the new ones though. Are parts still avaliable?
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

  8. #18
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    You're more than welcome..... Anytime. Glad the guys on your end like my work. I can give you rough prints if you want them. All the guarding is my design, so I have all the measurements, and materials etc. If you run across a project like this, I'll be more than happy to give you pointers on how to do the layout etc. I'll dig around and see what other pictures I have that aren't already posted.

    Later,
    Jason
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    More of the same.
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    Fisrt 3 pictures of the front bumper & grill guard. Center section is same 5" Xtra Xtra Heavy wall pipe that gin poles are made of. Wings under headlights are 5" sch 80. Entire grill guard is 5" sch 80, elbows are sch 40. Flat bar horse shoe in center of bumper is 1"x6". Side plates below frame for skid plate is 3/4" 44W. Skid plate is 44" wide x 34" long 3/4" 44W. Everything is FCAW w/ Hobart Fabco 110 .045" The owner wanted the truck to look beefy, I think we went overboard but I don't own a bolt in it so whatever..... It's all smoke & noise to me.

    1025 - bumper & guard, no skid plate.
    1079 - bumper & guard, side plated welded on.
    1080 - all done. Yeah "Size Does Matter"

    All guards shown for Tulsa RN60 & Braden 125 are 3" sch 80. Elbows on drum guard are sch 40. All pipes runing vertical are one piece from winch base to light bar, and open on both ends for wiring. Cross bar above winch is 3 pieces, cut & coped, then welded in & blended out. Light bar above winch is 4"x8"x1/4" tubing that we had to back grind so that the grommets for the lights would fit.

    1123 - Braden 125 main winch & h/a rack
    1124 - more of Braden 125
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    Last edited by Black Wolf; 09-26-2007 at 07:34 PM.

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