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Winch for Testing Bobcat Bucket Capacity

Winch for Testing Bobcat Bucket Capacity

Application: Winch for testing Bobcat bucket capacity
Customer: Bobcat
Location: Bismark, ND
Winch Model: Columbia WG11000-4A17-X-03 AC Electric Winch
Line Pull: 11,000 pounds on the first layer
Line Speed: 8 feet per minute on the first layer
Power Source: 460 VAC / Three Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features: With Bobcat providing their own adjustable speed controls APPI custom built the Columbia WG11000-4A17-X-03 winch for testing to be compatible with Bobcat’s variable frequency drive.  A cable tensioning plate was horizontally mounted to help prevent bird-nesting when the manual freespool lever is in use.  Quick mount brackets were added to simplify installation and provide clearance for the inverter-duty motor.

Why APPI: There is no denying that Bobcat is at the forefront of the skid steer loader and compact excavator market.  One of the reasons is due to their commitment to rigorous product testing.  When it was time for them to build a new test facility they knew they would need state of the art equipment; enter Allied Power Products, Inc. (APPI) and our Columbia WG11000-4A17-X-03 AC Electric Winch for testing.

To test the maximum bucket capacity before the skid steer tips forward, Bobcat must apply significant weight to a load cell mounted just under the bucket.  The WG11000-4A17-X-03 was assembled with a 12.5” wide drum to hold 38 feet X 3/8” wire rope on the first layer to insure 11,000 pounds of line pull.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular winch for testing or any of our other products and services.


Allied Power Products, Inc. has specialized in providing winches, hoists, capstans and cranes to meet our customers’ specific application requirements for more than 30 years.

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