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Bill
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Log trailer

Had this axle laying around that I used to move the mill from my shop to the mill sight years ago and desided to make a log trailer out of scraps I have plenty of. The reach is just bolted on becuase it's also part of what I can move the mill with the reciever I have on it.

THe axles is set 6" back of center on the trailer to get some weight on the hitch & it will carry up to 20' logs. The one on it for the test weighs over 1500# because my tractor just managed to lift it. The bunks are 30" tall & the log is a section of a white pine wind took down this spring . It was a real big tree and I'm hoping to get it to the mill and sawed up soon.

wayne busse
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Great trailer Bill, that should help to take some stress off the transmission from dragging heavy logs. I broke the rear end in my 30 hp tractor tractor last fall pulling up 40 big ash trees. I still use it with only front wheel drive, can't work on it till winter.

Post Oakie
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Nice log hauler, Bill.  But BLUE???  Did you run out of orange paint?cheeky

Bill
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blush Dave just so happened I had a quart of blue rust paint or it would have been orange smiley & I wanted to make it without spending a penny . Maybe Norwood won't like it and send me a gal. of their orange so I can repaint all my toys.

wayne busse
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I think logrite might have sent him that pale blue.

Bill
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Had a sec. trial run this morning with more weight and found the reach to be a little to springy for my liking so slid a sch. 80 piece of pipe in long enough to go to the bolt on the attached reach and 1" under the trailer.

This pic. shows the load that made me decide on beefing it up the logs are 18' & 12' fir not 16' ft. like i put on the pick.

Then I decide to really put a load for a test and all went just fine but will not put 3 heavy logs on again to hard on the trailer taking the top one off . Loaded up with smaller diameter logs will be just fine. Follows the tractor around sharp corners & going down steep hills just raised the 3 point and logs stay level to avoid sliding but I do have some chain and a shinch if necessary.

The 4' pipe for the main frame were 16' rollers salvaged from a plywood plant super good steel I got 50 or so of them years ago and have used them in a lot of projects including a grizzly for screen gravel.

 

eddiemac
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Very nice, Bill.  If those uprights were able to pivot down, you could maybe roll the logs off to the side and not have to lift 'em over.  But you must have the lifting power, so why complicate things.