Loading a Water Tank with a Winch

This was taken up on the northern slope of Alaska where oil workers depend upon daily shipments of fresh, drinkable water to shower, shave, and for drilling services. Because business runs on money, how do you get the least amount of personnel and equipment to do the job? A tractor trailer flatbed truck equipped with a 20,000 lb winch apparently does the trick. Now this trick is only good for short distances, but technique is everything. And in the Alaska wilderness, replacement tanks (and trucks) can be hard to come by. These industrial water tanks are constructed to be moved around depending on the needs of the oil riggers or fracking drillers.

Rio Bravo is one of the main manufacturers of these tanks and they come in a variety of sizes depending upon the needs of the operation. Because fracking and oil production requires a constant supply of fresh water, having operators who know how to load and offload these water containers is essential. Containers can weigh upwards of 40,000+ lbs when full. In order to move them around efficiently, it requires a decent knowledge of physics. In this example, we see most of the basic parts for a simple machine.

Winch as the Pulley

Because the container weighs more than the truck, the operator can attach the winch to a midway point on the tank. Placing his vehicle in neutral, he cranks the winch until the back bumper is flush with the tank. The true genius of this is the truck operator doesn’t back up the rear end and then pull. He lets the winch pull him to the ideal distance. This ensures his backside doesn’t smack into the industrial water tank and knock it over. (more…)

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Getting this heavy tank up off the ground is no shy feat. If it teeters left or right – the game is up! Ensuring the winch remains tight throughout this operation is absolute