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Jim Lewis, President
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Jim Lewis, President

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FOR RELEASE  October 10, 2003

Completely New Device for Launching RC Sailplanes
New “Grasshopper” winch uses novel spring energy system
to fill the gap between hi-starts and electric winches

Midland Park, NJ – GrasshopperWinch.com announced today the release of the Grasshopper winch, a unique new way to launch model sailplanes. The Grasshopper winch uses a unique spring based energy system to launch HLG and 2m sailplanes with linear pull throughout the entire launch. Unlike hi-starts, there is no rubber to get damaged from UV. The Grasshopper winch delivers constant linear torque for less stress on planes and higher launches than a hi-start. The winch outputs over 1000 foot pounds of energy. Tension is adjustable from 3 to 16 lbs. At a carrying weight of 13 pounds the Grasshopper winch is far more portable than electric winches which typically weigh about 75 lbs. The Grasshopper Winch is available immediately from http://www.grasshopperwinch.com at an introductory price of $249.95.

The Grasshopper winch delivers its highest launches for HLG and light 2 Meter planes. The winch is supplied with 250 yards of towline. Benefits of the new launch method include:

  • Higher launches than a hi-start, making it easier to reach thermals
  • Allows use in smaller fields
  • Adjustable tension
  • Adjustable tow distance
  • No rubber to get damaged by UV
  • No energy loss lifting rubber
  • Steady (linear) pull means less energy wasted and less stress on plane
  • One device can be used for varying plane sizes
  • Quick Setup
  • Easier than an electric winch - No cumbersome turn-around pulley or foot pedal coordination
  • No sudden over-stressing on plane
  • Easy to transport
  • No battery to charge
  • No dead batteries to interrupt the day
  • Reliable steel spring lasts for years
  • Easy assembly with basic tools – parts bolt or snap together

The Grasshopper winch is available now for $249.99 from http://www.grasshopperwinch.com or TEL: 201-447-9120 FAX: 201-447-6921, or eMachineShop, 666 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432.

Press contact: Tom Wolf at Ascend Public Relations at 206-903-1730 or twolf@ascendpr.com.


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