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winch and trailer to load logs
« on: January 03, 2009, 06:10:38 PM »
hey guys just needing some ideas I have already bought a trailer and mounted a swing arm in the front center and I plan on mounting a winch to this so I can pic up all these free logs around any idea how big a winch i need ? ie.1500lb or what? Its just to much trouble to load the tractor un load take logs home go back load tractor again.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009, 06:43:20 PM »
Assuming you talking electric winch ? Bigger is better, I'd go with at least 3000
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 06:59:36 PM »
yes electric 12 volt I didnt really know the weight of decent size logs to go by
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009, 07:04:59 PM »
There's a log weight calc in the forum extras. Of course you gotta factor in sliding resistance
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009, 07:31:36 PM »
Don't know about the free logs (my free logs have dryied up ) but I'd go 8000 lb. You could parbuckle up the side or pull them up the end with a gin-pole, or if the trailer tilts, that works well too.
PS. you might look at electric over hydraulic also.


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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009, 08:14:09 PM »
I pull logs up from the back, my sides are too high for it to be practical to pull them up over the sides.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009, 08:20:39 PM »
Search for DanG-DeadHeader log lifter here on the forum.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2009, 09:04:38 PM »
Definitely Fla Deadheader set up, simple stupid, cheap, effective. There it covered everything necessary for me to be interested ;D Really cool design.

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2009, 09:31:42 PM »
My experience with 12V lifting winches is that they lift far less than specified.  I wish I could say how much less, it is something like half or less.  So the 80000 pound suggested earlier is probably a good choice. 

One last thing, be sure and set a large battery next to the winch and use big cables, don't skimp on the cable size.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2009, 09:54:27 PM »

Also, keep in mind that some winches are not made for lifting, just pulling!
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2009, 09:58:56 PM »
I use a manual 1500# winch with a brake.   I can lift 800# without much effort.   The brake holds the load in place and prevents freewheeling.

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2009, 11:08:49 PM »
I think most winches are rated for max pull with the first layer of cable on the spool.  As you add more cable to the spool (diameter increases) the pulling capacity goes down. 

Winches are one area where I think it is better to err on the "Bigger is better" side of the equation....
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2009, 12:14:18 AM »
If money's an issue, you may look into manual winches instead of electric.  I can mount two manual winches on my trailer and have used them to purbuckle several logs in the 3000-5000 lb. range with little effort.  I don't know what the winches are rated for, I got them for free from a friend.  I can tell you they are very heavy duty :).
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2009, 06:55:03 AM »
                                             
        Chek out portable winch,You could use it in your wood lot,and 100's of other uses.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2009, 07:18:33 AM »
You can pretty much double any winches pull by using a snatch block on the load. 
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2009, 10:48:47 AM »
you could do it this way.
 

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2009, 02:32:31 PM »
I've got an 8000lb electric on the front of mine and have yet to find a log that cannot be loaded.

Including this one...;D

 



With all the weight you are putting into motion, you do not want to be wondering if your winch can handle it while it's on the way up. ;)
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2009, 02:54:07 PM »
Search for DanG-DeadHeader log lifter here on the forum.
Alright dan explain how this contraption works ?

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2009, 04:01:09 PM »
I have a #9000 electric winch and like metalspinner I have yet to find a log it wont load. Just be sure to start with a fresh battery. I am using a 1000cca battery and can load several big logs with it but I wouldnt try (  :) again  :) ) for two trips without recharging the battery each trip.

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2009, 04:40:26 PM »
I have a setup like Dakota.  It works great.  I use a 10,000# Warn winch and even though this setup doesn't do a dead pull, It grunts a bit on huge logs.
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