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    Default 3 point hitch log lift

    Has anyone build a log lifter for a tractor. I do not want to move the logs, just lift them up to make cutting them with a chain saw easier. I did not find any recent threads on this, but if anyone has any ideas for making wood cutting easier, it would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    We lift one end, put a small piece of wood for a fulcrum under that end and push down with the front end loader on the short end, It lifts the log so you can saw the whole thing. works great.. John
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    I can think of two ways to do it, use a shackle to hang a set of logging tongs off a drawbar or use a set of forks.

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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    I use forks on my loader, I just lift the tree and cut from both ends
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    I built a log skidder attachment for my 3 point and can use it to lift for cutting. I just back up to the log at right angles and use a chain or tongs to grab the log and raise the 3 point to lift to lift the log.
    I also have built a timber jack which is much handier to use on smaller/lighter sections.
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    I just lift one end with the bucket and cut most of the way thru with the chainsaw, drop the log. roll it over with the bucket and finish the cut, roll the pieces into the bucket and take to the splitter.
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    Use the tractor bucket with forks. You can keep the log at a comfortable height.

    If the log is too heavy saw part way through and then roll over with the bucket.

    Picture of simple ugly forks attached. Note the two top prongs to keep the log from comming back to sit in your lap.
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    Appologies about dredging this old thread up. I am doing due dilligence before converting a HF QH into a TPH skidder and saw Egon's photo. Are those truck springs? I like that idea.
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    Quote Originally Posted by Baby Grand View Post
    Appologies about dredging this old thread up. I am doing due dilligence before converting a HF QH into a TPH skidder and saw Egon's photo. Are those truck springs? I like that idea.
    -Jim
    I did something very similar allthough I used 2" heavy wall tube for the forks. About 2' long. Works great for lifting the logs.

    I Had some angle iron when laid in the corner of the bucket was the perfect inside dimensions for standard 2" tubing. Allthough you could also use actual hitch tubing if you wanted.

    I drilled and tapped a hole at the very back of the fork and put a bolt in to keep them from falling out and it doesnt put any stress on a crosspin.

    I chose the very corners of the bucket for strength. That way I am not just welded to the bottom lip, but rather the side plate as well. One of the best parts is if you use the 2" tube like this, you can put you reciever inserts in as well for moving trailers. I have also made two short "stub" forks that dont extend beyone the bucket edge. I got tired of digging all the dirt out when I wanted to put the forks on.

    And another benifit I found out is, when cutting wood, I can get a log in the air that is about double what I can actually lift. Once under the log, plat the heel of the bucket into the gound and rollback. Most loaders have more breakout/curl force than lift force. By planting the heel, you arent putting any added weight on the front end, and the geometry of the bucket and curl back angle allows you to get a log a good 10" off the ground.
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    Default Re: 3 point hitch log lift

    The first one I made was for the 3 point[last pic] and used a pair of tongs to pickup the log. This worked great if you had two people to balance and cut. Now I have a tractor with a QA loader so I made a 2" receiver and bolted it to a blank plate that I made for lifting logs and my snowplow. So now I use the 3" point for skidding and the plate for lifting, also sometimes I use my forks for cutting.
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