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Isachsen short tower cable winch - Inverliever
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No: 1329   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1963
Isachsen short tower cable winch - Inverliever

The photograph is courtesy of the family of George Dey. George took many forestry photographs in his forestry career and some are now shown on this web site.

A nice view of the new double drum winch with the 2 clutch and 2 brake levers which controlled both drums with cables that lead out over pulleys on top of the short tower. Not sure what the empty drum reel is for which is fixed to side of tower unless the anchor ropes were wound round here for transporting longer distances?

There are notes in George’s diaries to say that he saw winch start in Oct 1963 and was used in several demonstrations of winch work to visiting foresters and RSFS members. This appears to have been the second winch at the forest as there are earlier references to an Isachsen winch in Dec 1961 following significant windblow earlier that year.
Picture added on 22 November 2012
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Hi, I purchased a Nuffield 460 many years ago, the tractor had a winch on the back which I had no luck of any infomation on. I now know from this photo that the winch is a isachsen short tower cable winch thanks to this web site. I have no other infomation what so ever and any more would be much apriciated.

Added by Dave Humphreys on 05 December 2012.
The empty drum was used for telephone cable, as telephones were used by the winch team to communicate when the chockerman was out of sight.

Added by Robert hannah on 23 September 2016.
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