I have a one amp charger (got it free from my cousin in 1965) and
prefer to use it, better for the battery. I"m not sure that is the
same as a trickle charger. I have a vague recollection that trickle
chargers are said to be good for keeping something charged but take
forever to charge something up.
But I'm lazier in my old age, and usually use my 10 amp charger to
charge my battery enough for the car to start.**
In your situation, I might want or 3 to 4 amp charger instead.
In a cursory search, Amazon has a B&D 6/4/2 amp charger for 30 dollars
shipping included that should be plenty good for this and almost any
other need you'll have. I can't imagine spending 70 to 140.
I know you have the winch already, but any chance the lawnmower could
pull the load up by itself? Wrapping a rope around a pully, or just
driving away from the basement?
You could do that too.
** (I found the 10 amp charger on a sidewalk in Brooklyn. The
selenium diodes were not working. I spend a lot of time looking for
big seleneium diodes but couldn't find any, even in NYC and the 4
other boroughs. Put the thing aside, and five years later, it worked
fine. Worked for 20 years, then the selenium diodes didn't work
anymore. I used a bunch of 1 or 2 amp top hat diodes and it works fine
again. It's got to be 40 years old at least.
Or you could tie the rope to the Impala and pull the dirt up with
BTW, not all battery cables are created equal. This has been a
problem for the United States of Battery Cables, but fortunately
that's just two guys and a warehouse.
I don't know what it takes to carry 60 amps, 8 gauge?
I hadn't considered how much current a 1HP winch needs, according to
other posters. Do the guys with winches on their trucks leave their
engine running when using the winch?
Anyhow, maybe I can make one of my suggestions better. If the Impala
is your car then when you're doing this, you have no other use for the
car. Meaasure the rope, the distance X from the loaded hopper to
where you want the hopper to come to rest. Put a 6 foot stake in the
ground where you have the car at the beginning and another stake X
feet ahead of that, where you want to stop the car. Or use a helper
for that part. :)
Make sure the rope or cable doesn't snap and hit the helper in the
eyes, but then again, you would have had to do that with the winch
Pull your Impala over to the side of the house. Get an extra wheel from a
junkyard and remove the tire. Jack up the car so one of the drive
wheels is off the ground. Install the rim at that position. Chock all the
other wheels as securely as you know how. Attach a rope to the bucket.
Start the car and put it in the appropriate gear. Throw a couple loops
of the rope over the tire, then pull on the free end to tension the
rope around the rim, as if it was a sailboat winch. When the load
gets up to level ground, let the free end of the rop slack and then shut off
There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat,
plausible, and wrong." (H L Mencken)
That's what my grandpa would have done. And he managed to die of
more or less natural causes-- but the men of his generation were much
more likely to die of accidents than we are today-- and they were far
more likely to be missing a finger or two, or a hand, or an arm.
But there is no question- on the quick and dirty scale, this is a
Hehe-- Actually I managed to do all the dirt moving without a
machine to pull the loaded platform up the ramp. I had completely
underestimated the power of all those little skate wheels on the
Anyone need a 4yr old, un-used winch? [actually I still have plans
for it-- but life has been interfering with them<g>]
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