/ Counterweight build #21
- Sep 16, 2011
- Deer Park, WA
- Branson 3520h
Great fabrication. Nothing beats specially designed and built equipment.
Built a 3pt weight 40 years to help 2wd tractors log and FEL work. Hot water heater tank filled with scrap steel, RR rail and concrete. Plate bottom. Often had to skid the ballast on the ground using to balance and sometimes lower the center of gravity. Pulling logs chained high, hand on 3pt lift to control front end lift and steering with rear brakes. Ballast dragging on the ground when needed. My point being, think about how your ballast engages the ground. Might want some ski, edge tamer type ends on your feet? Don’t want it digging in unnecessarily.
Long tool, like cant hook or ax holder?
Hooks for buckets always helpful. Buckets are my portable tool and part boxes for a variety of jobs.
The ballast lifts up pretty high and I don’t expect the skids to hang up on anything unless I foolishly back over & snag fallen saplings or trunks. Plus with the hydraulic top link, I can angle the counterweight if I’m in a bind.
I have just the timberjack that I’d probably need from time to time. I don’t use axes or cant hooks.