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Re: Winching Logs
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2018, 02:14:08 PM »
Old VW beetle hoods used to be a popular skidding sled. I think there was an old pickup truck hood that was used as well, but I can't remember the model (it would likely be considered an antique now anyway).

If you are handy with metal fabrication (or know someone who is), the attached article includes a sidebar on making your own self-releasing snatch block. (I posted this here several years ago, with permission of the author.) I have not tried it, but was once in communication with someone who did and said it worked fairly well. The main article includes some basic winching tips.
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Re: Winching Logs
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2018, 03:57:16 PM »
How do you get the log out of one of those cones and get the choker off the log. I made one out of a 30 gallon heavyweight plastic barrel but it was so much work to try to unhook it I donít use it anymore 

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Re: Winching Logs
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2018, 03:07:20 PM »
I made a a nose sled from a plastic drum and had the same problem.  So I cut a section out to allow acces to take the choker off and the first try the cone crumpled .  I found an old steel rock sled, cut the back lip off.  Worked pretty good banging through rocky areas but plowed soft/mud.  Still do not have this figured out.

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« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2018, 04:45:51 PM »
If you need a skiddin cone your machine is too small, you aint getting the butts up high enough, or both.   An arch will outperform a cone. 
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« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2018, 12:12:22 AM »
If you need a skiddin cone your machine is too small...
Possibly, but a skidding cone is a whole lot less expensive than a new, larger tractor.
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« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2018, 04:36:49 AM »
Great topic. I'm aiming to use my RTV for some winch/skidding action. Just got a 9000# winch for it and a snatch block.

I haven't seen anyone talk about a line dampner/blanket. An offload dude I know says to not even THINK about winching with a cable unless you have one...a snapped cable can take someone out.  :o
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« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2018, 08:26:13 AM »
Youll notice just about everything with a forestry winch has a cable catcher screen.  Cut up a shopping cart and make you one.
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