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What do you use for material handling ?
« on: January 29, 2019, 10:13:16 AM »
I started out using a 25 hp chinese "bison" brand tractor. Without any fel. Just a boom pole and home made forks on the back 3 point. About 2 years ago I bought a Ford 3400 that runs good and has fel. Been a stout workhorse allowing me to load unload and stack palletized lumber and logs.
The only drawback is lifting capacity around 3000 breakout force 2200 # to full height.
Well just bought a mastercraft rough terrain forklift with 6000# capacity side shift 12' mast . Really hoping that this will make life easier.
   So how many of you guys use a forklift versus tractor front end loader or skid steer?
I would have liked to have found a skid steer but the price was right on the master craft.
Whatcha using around the yard?

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 10:19:45 AM »
There's a 2007 Mastercraft Rough Terrain unit for sale on ebay right now.  Looks like a nice unit albeit rear tires look bald.  Asking $$14,900.00.  Would love to have, but not at this time.

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2019, 10:38:38 AM »
I started with a winch and truck, then got a backhoe, which was way too big, then got a small skid steer, which was too small, then bought a larger tracked skid steer.  With out terrain the tracked skid steer has been amazing.  Its like a tanks and goes anywhere.  Also capable of lifting over 5000#, so it is strong and nimble.  Its been the perfect machine for us.  We use a grapple and forks for implements.  Its been a great combination!  If you want to see our different machines in action you can find videos of them on our YouTube channel.  It might give you some insight on how well each one works.

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2019, 10:43:50 AM »
We have two A300 Bobcats. They are basically a large skid steer but the wheels behave like an articulating loader...or at the push of a button, you can put it in skid steer mode if you get into a tight spot. They dont tear up the ground(in all wheel steer mode)(tires last forever) and with an experienced operator, can load a 5000 pound lift of lumber, load the log deck easily, remove slabs, and using another completed lift as a backstop build lifts out of larger heavier beams that would give me a hernia....or hemmeroids atleast... they are  not as easy to get in and out of as other types of machinery, and spend alot of time on two wheels when moving the heavy stuff. 

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2019, 11:15:44 AM »
I only play with a homemade chainsaw track mill for small volumes of project wood.  Skid steer with forks for cut stuff and loading individual logs.  4wd nasco forklift for managing bigger stuff. 





Theyre both happy to play 52 card pickup and would benefit from a grapple but oh well.  I paid $4000 delivered for the forklift and it was advertised for months so theyre out there with pretty low demand.  Not many other $4000 tools are gonna set 15k on your roof. 
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2019, 02:33:29 PM »
Lull with a 6,000 lb lift and 44' reach.  Have found it to be a LOT more useful than I ever imagined.  
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2019, 03:02:44 PM »
My dad had an old lull and the dexterity was much better than my machine. Plus it could crab steer into much tighter stuff than articulated loaders.  Brute force wise the steer axles drastically reduced its capacity but for as big as it was it had very fine stay in place motor skills so to speak.  Couldnt have done without the zoom boom at the junkyard.  

For max lift and pretty good dexterity an articulated bucket loader with grapple forks is hard to beat. Easy on the ground and dont drop loads too often.  A forklift just cant curl down enough to slide everything off.  Thats when you end up ramming into stuff by accident, pulling your hair out at the one stupid log that wont roll.  Then it does, right into the fence or shed or plum off the other side of the trailer.  
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2019, 03:08:55 PM »
I have a New Holland L185 wheeled skidsteer.  Lift capacity is 2500 lbs., but I have a weight kit on it, and have successfully unloaded a machine with a known weight of 3500 lbs. with it.  I use it for everything, including moving logs to the sawmill and sawn lumber to my drying shed, unloading woodworking machinery in my shop, and loading trucks.  I also plow my long driveway with it.  I'd be sunk without it.
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2019, 05:00:51 PM »
iv got a 2018 kubota 73 horse with 3000# loader arms, but can go to 3500 #, but i loose about 6-8" of lift. it does descent for the smaller stuff, up to 3000 # of course, but wont do much for my bigger logs. some are upwards of 6000 #, so dragging them will be the only way to move them whole. luckily, slabs will be easier to manage. 
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2019, 06:10:27 PM »
Farmall  tractor forklift conversion.  Rough terrain, and tight turn radius, 2500 LB capacity.




 
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2019, 06:31:11 PM »
Kioti DK35SE-HST with loader and forks.
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2019, 06:31:47 PM »
Started with a IH 350 U / harlow fork lift, would go 20' and lift 3500 lbs. Never get stuck with chains. Had power steering problems and kept breaking starters. Next a 10,000 clark dual wheel  air tire fork lift, gasoline perkins, burns a lot of oil but a powerful machine. Started picking up triple the lbs. that the ih did, broke all the pallets, learned how to make them. Last year got a 10,000 Yale perkins diesel, an '06, no electronics. For logs it's the old f1800 load star rear mount frm Prentiss.

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2019, 07:25:02 PM »
6035 traverse. Made by Pettibone.
Would be lost without it.



 

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2019, 07:55:23 PM »
 8n ford with my homemade grapple

 
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2019, 08:36:20 PM »
Hyster z90c zoom boom. Works great. Used a 428 backhoe before that. Much prefer the forklift. I can reach over the mill and scoop the slab pile.
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2019, 08:54:14 PM »
 

 
 use the John Deere tractor loader  less and less after getting the Ingersoll Rand far reach lift still finding uses around log yard with it.

 loading and unloading trailers, flatbeds and Box trucks makes it so handy.
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2019, 09:13:05 PM »
This is my case 480d. First installed a quick attachment system for forks and soon a grapple bucket. Then last summer I adapted the John deere backhoe so with four bolts I can have the backhoe or the big Gannon box blade the tractor came with.  It's been a great tractor,  not to big but big enough for under $6000.

 

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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2019, 12:09:28 AM »
I'm using a 1972 windham 8k forklift. I also have a 4000 ford industrial tractor with forks that is use to snake and load logs.
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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2019, 02:57:00 AM »
 

 


I do have a 40 gal drum of Old Cat Yellow, I just dont have time to use it.

Forklifts are good on packs of lumber, and in a tight space (with good ground under them) there is no substitute for one. My old Hyster is good for 4 ton.

Outside I prefer wheel loaders... that little chinese machine with the quick hitch front is a great utility machine... lift 2 ton, pallet forks, log forks, chip bucket, 4WD and an air cab: what more do you want? In a sawmill setting for what you pay for them new with a warranty I'd never look at a secondhand cat again. Different thing if I was running a quarry or desilting dams 14 hours a day but for this kinda work they're very good value for money.

The old LD9 will handle a 6 ton log like its not even there. Some places there is no substitute for brute force, and a log yard in a sawmill is one of them.





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Re: What do you use for material handling ?
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2019, 09:12:20 AM »
Skid steer and telehandler here. If I had to choose one machine to have around it would be the skid steer. Handy for so many jobs, even gets a spot in the heated shop on these  cold days. If it wasnt for the telehandler I would be wishing for a bigger skid though. Grapple is so handy. Sorry no pics cant seem to remember how to insert.


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