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    Default My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Thought I would share my latest attachment design.

    I wanted a skidding hitch that also served as a trailer mover and ballast box. Nothing of this type was on the market so I developed one. My tractor, L3830 kubota, does not have filled tires. So I determined how much ballast I needed by developing an axle loading equation in excel. Here's a screen shot.

    My log skidding/ballast hitch project-axle-loading.jpg

    I determined wheel loading using a bathroom scale and long beam. Worked great and is accurate enough for my purposes!

    To achieve 50/50 loading with loader empty, I need 550lbs of ballast at the 3 point.

    I'll share pics of the hitch when time allows...

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    That's cool how you used excel to figure it out.
    Roger

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Quote Originally Posted by 94BULLITT View Post
    That's cool how you used excel to figure it out.
    I agree and will be watching, EXCEL is a great tool.
    Working to increase the scope of the small tractor experience, one quick attach at a time.

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Yeah Excel makes the number crunching easy! Just gotta make sure I have my theory right.

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Here's the pics.

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Notice the use of choker chains and grab links. This is a great way to choke logs.

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    The hitch is ballast is visible in a couple pictures. Laser cut steel 1/2" plate. It looks small but this hitch weighs in at around 550 lbs.

    Also note is it compatible with my iMatch JD quick hitch.

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Nice work!
    -Dave

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    Great idea, Superb craftsmanship. Many of us can't justify a $4k farmi for the amount of logging that we do.

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    Default Re: My log skidding/ballast hitch project

    It looks very nice. I like that it is qh compatible.
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