Hi, I’m Alfred and I’m a….

Today I played with my latest winch purchase.

Trewhella Brothers built some amazing winches and from what I can discover the Monkey (stump puller) winch was very well thought of in both timber work and heavy haulage. However, its one failing that preventing it from being adopted by the military was that it can not safely release a load without the same amount of muscle power used to apply it.

My elderly lump of solid rust formally known as a Monkey Winch!

The Wallaby winch was its replacement with an unloaded release mechanism. This made it safe to release a load without the winch rope running away.

The Wallably is a little lighter in weight then the Monkey and a little more compact. It does, however, use the same winch drum and ratcheting mechanism and so should have an equivalent reserve of hauling ability.

My first task after unloading it from the car was a quick inspection. I good squirt of WD40 all over the moving parts ensure it all moved freely. The cable was loose on the drum and tangled so I worked it all around, freewheeling the drum, and pulling out the rope. The rope is about 10m long with special hook on the end.

I then rewound the rope, checking it as I went, and also checking the ratcheting mechanism all functioned as it should. All was good. There were no loose of damaged strands  in the rope, and just some expected kinks at the hook end.

The huge hook is rather special, it allows the hook to be safely hooked back onto the rope without damage. This is not usually recommended with wire rope and an ordinary hook.

So, what am I going to do with the Wallaby?

It will be used where I need a strong winch for tree felling, bragging rights, ornamentation…
…Well, you know how it is!
It will also be useful for identifying the rusted parts of the ratchet on the Monkey Winch which are beyond saving, should replacements need to be made up.

I just want to add to this post, as it seems to be getting a lot of interest.

I am not an expert on Monkey winches (or any other winches), nor do I buy or sell them. I only collect for my own interest and hobby use.

I am happy to chat about them, and to learn more about Trewhella Brothers and their tree pulling equipment, but aside from that I am not much help.
Thank you.

12 thoughts on “Hi, I’m Alfred and I’m a….”

  1. Hi Alfred
    I’m lucky to have a monkey winch myself
    which had been in a friends container for
    about 10 years but I managed to collect it
    the other day. My late father was Trewhella’s
    accountant for many years and himself and Peter ( the owner) were great friends.
    I’m just in the process of stripping it down and will repaint it as soon as I can get the drum axle/spindle off …..😬.
    You are making some great stuff , keep up the good work.
    I’ll send you a photo of the Winch when it’s
    finished .

    1. Hello Steve,
      Thank you for your comment. Things have been so busy in the workshop that I haven’t had time to do much with my monkey winch (or keep up with my website), other then to keep spraying with WD40.
      It would be good to hear how you are getting on with yours, and if/how you managed to get the drum off the spindle.

      1. Hi,Alfred my name is Sam im looking for a good working monkey winch or a good racket winch to pull tree’s do u have one for sale if so can i email me at sam malloy 1968@gmail .com

        1. Sorry Sam, no, I have a small collection of winches for my own use and interest only.

      2. Hi, I have a trewhella winch myself. Noticed you are missing the cable shortener and pulley that goes with it. Should have at least 100 feet of cable to pull trees down. The only accessory I’m missing is the stump hook.

        1. Hi Peter,
          I do have the pulley, actually the first Trewhella part I found. It is a little rusty and needs to be freed as it has seized up in storage for best part of 20 years.
          I an still looking for the cable shortener and cable, but I could just buy new cable as I have a good hook on my ‘pile of rust’ winch that may well be too far gone to restore.
          Having two Wallaby winches, and now two Monkey winches, seems to have satisfied my winch habit, at least for the time being.
          I’ve not seen a stump hook anywhere. Must keep an eye out for one.

    1. Hi Sam, As I responded before, No, I only have a small collection of winches for my own interest only.
      Have a look on EBay and search for Trewhella. There is a Wallaby winch for sale there ending 28th July 2019. Where do I send the invoice for my finder’s fee?

  2. Hello Alfred, I have recently discovered My fathers old winch which is plated bratt colbran 1945 so I presume it is not a trewhella but I cant find much information on this, would you have any information please?
    Thank you

  3. Alfred i can remember as a kid about 7 or 8 years my Dad pulling Gum Trees down with these winches, Thanks for bringing back some fond memories for me.

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