Netherlands-based Steven Ibelings is a regular visitor to the Treetools website and an active contributor to our blog. He is also pretty damn good at designing tree rigging gear - have a look at his Winch Bollard and then wipe your chin - this beauty will get you drooling!
Steven tells us his Winch Bollard is built around the Harken 46 (similar to the GCRS(Good Rigging Control System)). The Harken is mounted on a stainless steel backplate and the whole unit weighs about 23 kg.
Unlike the GRCS which has a winch handle plus a bar for the strapping, Steven has managed to make his winch handle multi-purpose - it's used for both
the winch and the mounting mechanism.
Another unique feature (for a winch/bollard) is the ability to set two ropes at once - one around the winch and one around the outer bollard.
The Ibeling Winch Bollard is available with a custom-made aluminum flight case to keep your investment protected. Six of these units have sold already
- watch out GCRS!
Prototype 3-D image pictured above - you'll find more photographs on Facebook.