A testimonial from Dave:  Dave was a brand new flyer and had never used a retriever before.  "On my first attempt at using Rick's winch-line retriever, my comment was, "It's a breeze.    No problems, just a quick and easy retrieve and ready for another launch in less than half a minute"

 A testimonial from Ed.  "No training was required to use the retriever, even members that were unsure of our older retriever had no problems using the Hands Free Retriever."

A testimonial from Darwin a Team Futaba representative.  "The Hands Free Retriever enabled the contest to stay ahead of schedule with no retriever problems as we had experienced in years past and at other contests. 

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Competition Model Retriever

 

The competition model retriever has a Ramsey motor used primarily in truck winches.  This motor has very good power giving the retriever a very fast retrieve.  Use this retriever if you launch in side wind or down wind conditions frequently or if you want very fast retrieves to launch more planes in a quicker time such as in large contests.  I don't recommend it but this retriever can also be geared for a slower speed.  Just change the top pulley to a larger pulley, change the belt if needed, and you have a slower retrieve. 

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The LBO.  Sit in your lawn chair in back of the retriever with a cold soda in your left hand and a hand switch in your right hand.  Retrieve and reset the pickup arm down without getting out of your chair.  Even my wife, Christine, caught on after only one time. 

 

 

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More Retriever Details. 

Both model retrievers feature a fully welded metal frame.  The frame is smoothed, sanded, metal etched, primed, and painted using Ace rust preventive paint.  Custom paints are available, usually at no extra charge.  The hot pink that a couple flyers from the Seattle area picked was really great.  The main shaft, pick up arm and string winder all have ball bearings.  Each retriever is initially adjusted in my shop and is fully tested and adjusted at our club flying site before it is sold and shipped.  Line, a hand switch, a foot switch, allen wrenches, line guide, stakes and harness are all included.  You supply the 12 volt battery and your parachute or strap.  You will need to attach the main reel using one washer and one allen bolt supplied. 

Club Model Retriever

 

The club model retriever has a direct drive electric bicycle motor for light weight.   It has plenty of power for most retrieves.  The light weight is very helpful when you need to carry the retriever out to your launching site.  The motor is very efficient so you will be able to retrieve longer using the same battery before recharging the battery.