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Offline Hilltop366

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Re: Old willys vs tractor for logging?
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2019, 07:47:40 AM »
Not sure what part of Ontario you are in but there are lots of cheap tractors on kijiji, something a little bigger than a 8n or 9n with hi/lo range would be better. 

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Re: Old willys vs tractor for logging?
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2019, 10:38:38 PM »
What ever machine you end up with; make sure it has a ROP and a belly pan under you. Sticks like to go up the cab floor and stab people. Machines can be repaired but people not so easy. Jeeps are valuable, maybe sell it and buy another machine. We used a Jeep for firewood. It was nice with a tow bar. Could come home with a load of fire wood in the back of the pickup, Jeep in tow and the trailer behind the Jeep.
Somewhere 20 miles south of Lake Erie.

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Re: Old willys vs tractor for logging?
« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2019, 09:40:12 PM »
I have a 52 Willys PU and for cutting firewood an old Willys could be fine with a small trailer on the back. Fall a tree, buck it up, drive right up to it and load the cut wood into the trailer. Plus as said elsewhere, good to carry lunch an a beer in for the end of day drive out of the woods. Anything more than that would be hard on it.

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Re: Old willys vs tractor for logging?
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2019, 01:12:15 AM »
I'd rather use the Willys than the 8n,  Keep it in low range and don't try to do more than 40-hp worth of work and you'll be fine.  If the Willys is going to take a month of work to get usable, I'd probably pass.  I use mine all the time for working in the woods but if I'm going to do serious work, I use machines more suited to the task. 

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Re: Old willys vs tractor for logging?
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2019, 06:06:17 AM »
Those old Willys have a very weak reverse gear. So weak that reverse is going to fail the first time you try to back up with almost any weight in addition to the Willys itself.

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Re: Old willys vs tractor for logging?
« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2019, 05:32:59 AM »
I'm new to this forum and unfortunately haven't figured out how to add photos yet but you mentioned you have a mill. One of the first things I sawed on my mill was a wood shod sled. You make runners around 3" wide, 8" high and 8' long works good. I used a cherry log with a pronounced sweep that already had a curve for the front. You make cross bunks that are around 4" wide, 5" high and 5' long. I then lay the bunks on top of the runners 6' on center and drill 1 1/8" holes through the bunks and about 3/4 of the way into the runners. I then cut 1" pipe to about 12" to slide down into the holes. The last thing you need is two 3/16" cables in a cross that have the ends in a loop held with cable clamps that you put over the top of the pipes. ( this is so when turning the sled only has so much give side to side. I load the sled with a peavy and ramps and pull it with a chain hitched to the middle of the front bunk. You can take it apart and move it in the back of the Willis or a pickup and when empty you can turn it around by hand etc. wish I had pictures but if you talk to any old timer that logged with bulls or horses they will tell you all you need to know about a wood shod sled.

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