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    Default Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    After 3 years of wanting one, I finally decided to buy one. That is until I figured I really couldnt afford it, so i am building my own. I designed it based on my grapple frame, and 3 others I saw online.

    So I went shopping and picked this up from a local machine shop, Snow's Machine & Welding.

    1- 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3/8 square tubing, 6.5' long
    2- 4" x 2" x 3/8 tube, 48" long
    2- 2" x 2" x 5/16 square tubing

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    I already had the 3/4 plate, so I cut out the 8" x 24" sides for the main frame using some 2" angle for a straight edge.

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    I cut out the holes in the side plates for the crossmembers, then assembled to tack it together... except I somehow cut the cord on my grinder.

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    Still have a lot more to do tomorrow after a short trip for some more oxygen, and another power cord for the grinder, lol.
    Bob...

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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    Keep us informed of your progress and how effective it is after completion. Thanks for posting.
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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    Thanks for posting sounds like a good project to follow.. And a litle solder on the grinder wires and some tape and it should be good to go. Just shows your like us all..lol

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    Lookin' forward to see this come together!!!

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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    "I somehow cut the cord to my grinder "

    I can relate to this. Brand new Milwaukee grinder, piece of steel I cut hit the floor and severed the electrical cord to the grinder. Well I guess they are not new very long... and it could have been much worse. Now I am much more aware of my electrical connections.

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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    Thanks for posting. Anxious to watch your progress.
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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    Thanks everyone,

    Not much to update, but I did finish welding the main frame until I get the brackets on. I used what I could find, but I think it is a little too heavy duty, lol. The frame weighs in at 200 lbs! I'm not sure but I think total weight will be between 400-500lbs. The bushings I ordered for the hinged jaw has been delayed, so I will be using it for now without them with the grade 8 3/4 bolts for the hinge.

    In my little shop welding...

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    I dropped off the prints for the jaw tooth plate yesterday, hopefully I will hear back from the machine shop today...

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    Also, I will be adding 3 point attachments to the rear so it can be used with or without a loader. I will have to decide on cat 1 or cat 2 ?

    Will have more updates later today.
    Bob...

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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    Looks like a good start! I must have lead a sheltered life as I had to google what a tree puller looked like LOL
    Happy welding

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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    3/4 is not enough metal left in the bottom of the V cut.

    If you grab something at the end and apply force, you stand a chance of bending the unit.

    1 in teeth should be sufficient for grabbing and pulling, and that will give you more metal on the backside.
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    Default Re: Homemade Tree / Post Puller

    Quote Originally Posted by J_J View Post
    3/4 is not enough metal left in the bottom of the V cut.

    If you grab something at the end and apply force, you stand a chance of bending the unit.

    1 in teeth should be sufficient for grabbing and pulling, and that will give you more metal on the backside.
    Well now you tell me! Just kidding

    The machine shop has already started, so it is to late to change the edge from 3/4 to 1 inch. Since the teeth are cut from 3/4 plate and will be welded full length, would the thickness between the teeth (3/4" vs 1") make much difference in the strength of the teeth against bending? Just curious.
    Bob...

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