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Author Topic: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?  (Read 11511 times)

Offline Kirk Allen

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What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« on: February 10, 2008, 08:31:16 AM »
For me it started out using my grandfathers Kabota tracktor and a set of skidding tongs.  When my brother purchased the tractor I then had to turn to my 93 Suburan  :o 

I put a 9000lb winch on it, skidded the logs out of the woods with that, then drug them with the truck to a place they could be loaded on a trailer.  Sounds crazy but I did that for several years and moved a lot of logs.  If they were to far in the woods for the cable then I would use the 200' of wire rope I made to assist in getting to them.  Most of the logs I had access to were always within 300 feet of the edge of the woods.

Now I just have the folks with track hoes or tractors load them for me ;D  Dont know why I didnt have them do that a long time ago.  :D

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008, 05:06:50 PM »
Well, on of my first thinning jobs I used a couple 250 pound high school football players that needed to stay in shape.  The logs were only 16' 10" and they would put opne under each arm and skid them to the edge of the forest and an open field.  I had they doing that for about three weekends and they I got my 1954 Fergusion tractor and use chain hoods welded to a three point blade and did my yarding.

The first load of logs number 180 pieces on a short self-loader.

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008, 08:14:23 PM »
Must have been Western Red Cedar.  Dont think they would do that with some of the hardwoods we have around here. 
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2008, 08:58:50 PM »
No, it was Douglas Fir.  They ranged with tops at 5 to 8 inches.

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008, 07:18:18 AM »
i used an 8N ford usely with front wheels off the ground had cly heads hanging off of the front axle for ballast & my pu
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 09:40:16 AM »
Mike, your my kind of logger!   :D
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 01:57:13 PM »
What haven't I used...

Started with a polaris 4 wheeler. 

Even used a 1986 Chevy pickup

Went big time with a 1969 John Deere 3010 2wd bucket tractor

Then a international S-7 skidder!

Then a Case 840 skidder

Then a 240 Timberjack and then a 230 Timberjack

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 05:47:47 PM »
Yamaha 600 Grizzly w/Future Forest Products Arch
GMC short bed stepside 4X4
Polaris Ranger with tracks w/Future Forest Products Arch
New Holland 45hp with hydrostatic tranny and grapple bucket

The Ranger is a better skidder with the arch.  The New Holland is for stacking and sorting on the landing.
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 07:25:00 PM »
Got to have some picks of these neet logging toys guys!
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2008, 11:19:53 AM »
ok it says up loader is full again
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2008, 12:04:31 PM »
Fixed ;D
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2008, 01:31:58 PM »
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2019, 06:35:51 PM »
I got to say the best is an HG or OC3 Oliver cle-track...
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2019, 06:57:53 PM »
I used an Oliver OC-6 for years, put a plate and winch on the back. Best rig was an 830 JD two cylinder diesel hooked to a heavy trailer with a jib crane it would pull them out and load them on the trailer. Trailer was the same Hight as the circular mills log brow, could just roll them off. Now I just have them dropped off. Frank C.

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2019, 05:51:58 PM »
I do little logging now, but mounted a HD Braden winch on a three point hitch with a low tilt bed trailer behind. It will yard and pull the logs on the trailer. Frank C.

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2019, 08:33:33 AM »
For the last bunch of years I've just been using an old Oliver backhoe with forks on the bucket.  I fell, limb and buck to length there in the woods and then fiddle fart around getting to the logs where they lay and get them into the air so they're mostly clean when it comes time for milling.

I've never seen anything dull a blade faster than mud/dirt - I literally can feel the difference in how hard it is to push after going through a spot of dried mud.  Actually, hitting backstops or clamps dulls them faster, but is sure is impressive just how quick and how far a sharp blade will cut into mild steel!

I'll have to try hitting a rock someday....just for scientific comparison....it's only a matter of time.
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2019, 01:49:28 PM »
24' homemade pontoon boat with 12000# electric winch. Back at the landing used a JD backhoe owned by the camper park owner.

 When needed, used a 28' homemade gooseneck trailer with 6500# electric winch and self designed tailend boom and the 6500# winch.

 Down here in the jungle, used a block and tackle and or a hand cranked winch until I rigged up a 12V boat trailer winch. Wife would rock and steer the logs with a cant hook. Used chains, 80' yellow cargo strap and 100' of 1/4" wire rope to reach some of the logs. We got some steep pulls here.

When the mill is finished have all necessary parts to fashion up a drag able arch.
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2019, 07:37:40 AM »
Are you gonna be able to get pics of this new creation of yours?  And of your place?  I'm curious about where you live and and work and I just can't imagine it in my head...
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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2019, 02:49:56 PM »
 :laugh: :laugh:
 Actually Ox, The river/swamp logging was in Florida, before moving down here.

For photos, I may have to have someone upload them for me. Getting dumber every day.

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Re: What have you used to harvest logs from the forest?
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2019, 06:30:37 PM »
Well I guess I really don't do any "logging". I do cut trees down for my mill, but they are mostly on the edge of one of my fields , drop em, cut them to length, pick them up with my Kubota 3540 and grapple, and either put them on my 20' flatbed or just drive them to my mill , which ever is easier.. I try not to drag them and get them dirty!

See, field edge and grapple


Kind of the same way (same field) I do my hogs! ;-)