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Baron
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Bill that is a great tool.. Did you get it new or used and what did you give for it. that would sure make working alone easier. 

Roland I've had clamp-on's and they are tough on your lift capacity and blindness. They also can potentially move or wiggle around. If at all possible go with straight forks. until I have forks I'll continue using nylon straps and the bucket to lower logs onto the mill. 

I will eventually add a quick disconnect system but for now I'm just looking for the cheapest and fastest set of forks I can find.

Baron
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Bill Mac. I just found one for 100$. I hope he can hold it for me. 

r.garrison1
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I was poking around the yard where I bought the tractor; he has an old set of fixed forks for 3 point hitch. After a chat, he said he could let them go for $200. I think I'll get it; can't beat the price (unless I'm Baron, of course. Later, I think I'll graduate to front forks, but this will do in a pinch.

Post Oakie
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As long as you're putting ballast on the back of the tractor, you might as well do something useful with it.  This PTO winch weighs about 600 pounds, takes up very little space, and is handy for pulling logs out of ravines and around the sawmill.  Plus I can lower it and it becomes an anchor for the tractor (nice when your brakes are "iffy" and no parking brake).  I now have it mounted on the Case-IH 485.

Baron
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I think you're reading my mind Postie. I've been researching log arches and winches for tractors and appreciate the braking advantages of the later. Will an electric winch due if I'm rarely going to use it. It happens that I have two manhole covers that are 4+/- feet in dia. and are 700 +/- lbs.  I thought that they might make a nice set of ballast and winch paltform. Would you be willing to show an image study of your design? Are the leggs fixed or hydraulic?

Baron
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Postie, Do you miss the old baby?

Post Oakie
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Not at all!  I still have "Henry" (the 8N Ford).  I just don't work him as hard now that I have "Casey" (the Case-IH).  I also don't miss not being able to lift over 500 pounds, or rolling downhill on the front wheels with a log in the front end loader.  Very reliable machine, though.  Naming equipment is a trick I learned from my wife.  When she brings home a stray cat or dog, she has a name for it before she pull into the driveway.  After that, we have to keep it.  So when I bring home a new piece of equipment, I use the same logic.

r.garrison1
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yes

Baron
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We're not as pro-active so we name our equipment when it develops a personality. We almost always use Girl names as all of our equipment is asked to multitask continuously. Men get touchy about multitasking; We all claim we're capable but few of us will demonstrate:-)

Baron
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Bill Mac, I found a used SpeeCo Quick hitch and got it for $100. It'll take me some time to rig it up but it looks like it'll be handy.

Halling51
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I use a McCormic C95Max and it is just the size for me. No problems with 2000lbs on the front and using 3 points it fits either behind or in front.

4x and with chains I can use it in very high snow.

Today we have rain!! And hope the steap road to home will be ok tomorrow.

Steinar

 

papow22
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I have 5 farm tractors 3 ford tractors,1 /  8n ,1 / 9n, 1 / 5600,1 M-5, 1 Case ( I don't remember the size ;-)

then I also have C- 5 tree farmer,also a Kamatso D-65 track dozer.) As for H.P. I never bother to look it up. ;-)

Halling51
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Well, well - it must be bigger then mine then.frown

My field for grass is 4 acers and the rest is wood and mountain of very bad quality to feed my family - just to mention it.

papow22
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I have about 40 acres cleared and broke and making hay.And now I got the local mill to come in and log off 2 quarters and also leaving a berm along the highway for a wind break.That way I got some money to finish renovating the house and buy some more toys for the mill LM 2000.wink

r.garrison1
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I don't have enough clear land for hay; enough for turkeys and deer to graze, but not really thick enough for herds, either. I could possibly fence 4 acres and have enough grass for a horse, but it's not level, has a lot of trees and not enough water for irrigation (There is a creek, but I can't draw water from there. I do have a spring for drinking.

You can put this into Google Earth, and you are right in the middle of my place.

45 16.86N 117 07.64W

 

Halling51
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A very good idea

Here is my place.

vissebråten øvre  OR øvre Vissebråten

If you can't use it - add Nesbyen, Norway to the line. I used only the  name I have given to Google and I was send directly to my place.

Have 10 acres totaly and the height where the house is= 470m above sea level. The fence to the north is 50 m below and to the south is 25m higher. I can use the tractor as it is to steap. Then I have to do this

have a nice day

 

Steinar

Another way:

http://www.http://www.seeiendom.no/

Then enter in - SØK    Liavegen 149, 3540 Nesbyen

There is a small window comming to the right- click one this on the map -   Fjern markeringen

Now you can zoom in the map and you can see the property and houses.

 

Gd luck

Post Oakie
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Beautiful country!  The photo looks like you have bigger wheels on the downhill side of your tractor to keep it level!  Sort of reminds me of the fellow who developed a breed of cows with legs longer on one side so they could graze the steep hillsides.

Halling51
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We can only drive straight down or straight up!!

Baron
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I get it. That's a knee slapper. On level ground a bicycle with a larger back wheel than the front will always coast.cheeky

Post Oakie
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Yep.  That's why dragsters have those huge rear wheels and tiny front wheels.

Gasman10175
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I am new to this forum and looking for a little advice. I burn 6-8 cords per year and I skid it ( John Deere 770 4WD ), cut it (Stihl MS310 ) and split it (Timberwolf PW-1) myself and have been burning wood for 40 years or more. My land is steep and it is difficult to get up the hill to get the tractor close enough to skid the log oput safely. I am contemplating purchasing a Norwood skid winch for my John Deere and would like to hear from anyone who has personal experience with one. The people at Norwood have been very helpful and I believe it is worth the money. 

 

Thanks for your time

 

Jack

Halling51
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Hi.

Have been out of here some time. And alot has happen keeping me busy.

First of all. You wonder how big my McCormic is! It has 95Hp and is a 4wheel drive. It is the only way of working in the forrest during wintertime. Here we are backing up hill and if it is streap we use the winch to go as long as possible. When we start to log timber we are using the branches on the ground and it is so easy to back uphill when this is on the track. The winch reach at least 30 meters and cutting downhill it makes a good track next time you come back.

I use chains on all 4 wheels and low gear and this make the trick. My chipper is aving a r.p.m. tracker and stops the wood going in under a sertain rpm. and starts again when the rpm is building up again. This tracker also move the log a bit rewerse so it is easy for the chipper to retain rpm.

I made woodchips just 3 times a year. And I am heating up my house, woodshop and the plannerhouse. It is cousy to fell the warm inside as it can be cold here. -35C in January is not the worse!!

Best regards

Steinar

Norway

Bill
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Gasman that winch looks like a good set-up I've used that stile on a boat when I lived on the coast years ago & the carrier for it looks veritile .

Post Oakie
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I wonder whether an aux hyd pump could be run off the PTO if the tractor doesn't have rear hydraulics?  I have a chainsaw-powered capstain winch, and it works great.  Gives very good control and feedback on the pull.

Gasman10175
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I have the rear hydraulic outlets on the tractor currently and the flow is between 6-8 GPM so I think it should handle that. I appreciate the response regarding the capstan winch you have used already. I am close to ordering the skid winch once I am positive I cant have it built for a lot less.

 

Thanks much

Baron
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Gasman the capstan is a dream to work with if you are prepared to work with rope. I really like working with them myself but there is one hard-fast-rule which I bet even the factory breaks: never attach the bitter end to a hook or light connective device because if it comes undone or breaks it will try to kill you.......ask me how I know but I know. I prefer to put the rope around the log and tie off with a timber hitch. Nylon straps are another good option but NO Clevis! I don't get small diameter logs in the yard but if I did I'd sure like this winch or something like this to handle them. I don't go logging. 

Welcome abourd.

 

Steinar, do you actually Hibernate? If so who wakes you up in spring?

Your whole set-up is awesome. 

Gasman10175
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Thank you Baron,

 

being an ex boatswain's mate I am very comfortable working with capstans and rope for tugging heavy things but just never used one in the woods. I used to run a Farmi cable skidder but it was a big PITA to take on and off and I bought it used and it needed a lot of work. It had been abused in its previous life so I sold it. I appreciate the comment about the clevis and the straps. I will use a snatch block to stay out of the way should it snap. They say the new ropes are stronger than steel cable. Your thoughts? 

 

Thanks

 

Jack

Halling51
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A rope will not do here. It will break on the first try. Steel is the only way regarding wich and tractor ower...

Halling51
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No, I don't Hibernate!

I stay awake almost every day. But the time now comes that it is very nice to heat up the house and look out of the window when the snow falls and just waiting to fire up the tractor and use the fan to make the road clean...

Baron
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Yeah Phillies Cubs!

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