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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    I have one of those booms also, but haven't used it to haul logs, might be a good idea to weld on a chain attachment near the front to help keep all four tires at least occasionally on the ground[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    DFB,
    Maybe you seen them before but I can't recall the name.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]
    Single axle w/tires and it built like a arch,and in the middle of the arch there a pully in which the winch calbe goes thru {from the tractor or dozer}and one makes the hitch than pulls the tree or trees butt end upon the axle,also I seem the big eye loop instead of the pully where one can us a come along or chain falls.
    They were mostly used in small logging operations.

    Starting to sprinkle rain over here w/a temp of 31...looks like more ice coming. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    Thomas, I know what your talking about. That skidmate being a scaled down version.

    Take a look at this photo. Every time my wifes grandfather used come up to the property and see the mountain, he'd always talk about drawing logs down from there with horses years ago.

    BTW, raining now but still above freezing.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    DFB

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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    DFB,
    I bet that mountain range sure pretty w/the autumn leaves turning.

    Like others I enjoy listen for hours of yesterday loggers and farmers when they tell there stories...and now where taking there place.

    Looks like you have some fire wood to pick up from the clear cutting,also more area to mowe.

    I guess mother nature going to pay us an visit w/a mix bag of weather starting Friday, [img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img] and I hope they deliver my 7 yards of sand mix w/ gravel today...going to get icy.

    Sign of spring around....in Concord,NH a big m/c swap early next month....better check the chairs and couches for coins.

    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    here is a pic of my 25 hp IH tractor with a boom pole. I use it a lot for log handling/skidding the trick is just lift the log high enough to clear the ground tighten the side arm adjustments tight to prevent sway and go slow. But do not forget is is flat swamp land where I live so I have no experience with logging on Hills 35-19499-International254resize.jpg

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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    How much weight do you feel safe hanging off the end of that? I like the idea and it is already on my be-on-the-lookout-for list when I go to auctions [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    the picture as a link...

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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    the beams for my carport weigh 265 lbs a piece and it comfortably handles them at the tip. At midpoint an empty 250 gal propane tank is too much to steer with but the hydraulics has no problem picking it up. 55 gal drum of diesel at mid point is no problem lifting or steering.


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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    I found that log skidding is also easy with one of those rear mounted scoops. You just back up to the log, sliding the scoop under the end of the log. 3pt lifts the scoop and log making it easy to chain up. It sometimes can be dificult to get a chain around a log on the ground. This solves that problem. These are cheaper than the skidmate price and appear like they would be a lot easier to manuever and otherwise use. Boompoles are even cheaper but it would seem with a big log that the weight can make skidding it a lot trickier.


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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    Sounds good using a 3-point scoop as a skid pan. Especially for a big log. Close to the tractor and low center of gravity too. Good reason to consider a scoop. Then you always have it for other jobs too.

    I have skidding tongs for those times its a problem getting a chain around a log.

    DFB


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    Default Re: Log Skidder

    Great idea using the scoop. I use a drawbar mounted (with clevis hook)between my lower lift arms and let the 3ph do the lifting.Only pick up high enough to clear ground with leading edge of log. Also keep the chain as short as possible for control.


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