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Author Topic: Cat choker for skidding firewood  (Read 501 times)

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Cat choker for skidding firewood
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:21:31 PM »
I have a Norse 350 winch that I use  on my JD 820  for skidding  firewood . I use 5/16 choker chain but sometimes when skidding smaller diameter firewood poles, - 6-8" dbh,especially if I have 2-3 poles bound with one chain, they often come loose. I thought about trying to use a cat choker to bundle them and the attach them to my winch line. Any experience/ advice greatly appreciated. Zackary

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Re: Cat choker for skidding firewood
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 07:39:35 PM »
wrap your choker around twice and try that . I use 1/2 inch cable chokers and it works for me mostly . sometimes it takes a couple of trips to get all the smalls to the landing .
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Re: Cat choker for skidding firewood
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 08:16:50 PM »
Ask an arborist for a few scraps off his old climbing or bull rope.. Theyre high dollar high strength ropes and should be replaced often so theyve always got more hanks of old rope than needed.  Cut those into chokers with your favorite termination on one end and a bowline or whatever on the other.  Theyll bite small stuff like no chain or cable can.  12" on down i use rope. Never falls off. 
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Re: Cat choker for skidding firewood
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 10:09:30 PM »
I run 6 slides on my 450 Norse winch,the hook on the end I use too,so I can hook up 7 logs. I can see where hooking up 3 logs and having one come out would happen. What I do is hook up one small log,than I wrap the chain around the second one and have the chain behind the one that is hooked. Hard to explain,but it works. I myself would add more slides,that is why I have 6.
I also made up some 4 foot chains for the small stuff. This helps me from pulling 4 feet of chain through a keyhole.
And I just thought of something else that helps me.Hook the chains up short and winch them up as high as you can. Sometimes when I am down in a hole,the load will get slack and I loose some of my logs. Keeping the chains short and high helps that from happening.
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Re: Cat choker for skidding firewood
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 11:57:38 PM »
I used chain chokers on my dozer and found that wrapping more then two trees always resulted on a loss  .  If I pull from the tops I usually cut a notch so the chain can slip inside .

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Re: Cat choker for skidding firewood
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 07:34:13 PM »
I assume you are using a C Hook on your choker? I have fond the two wrap method works pretty good with a slip (C) hook. Sometimes I do a full turn on the single smallest log, that's the one that usually slips free, and then a full turn on the hitch, more if I have chain.
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