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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #60 on: December 27, 2017, 08:00:34 AM »
Love to saw but don't want to get in a hurry like to take my time if I don't saw but 1 log a day.

Keep workin' at it Jerry, and you'll eventually get the hang of this retirement thing.  I sawed half of a log Sunday and ran out of gas.  Went and got gas yesterday, then sawed the other half log this morning.  I think I'll take a nap now. ;D 8) 8)
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #61 on: December 27, 2017, 08:43:00 PM »
Jim my wife and I were in your neck of the woods back in October. We were in Bryson City. We absolutely loved it. We're already planning a go back hopefully next year.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #62 on: December 28, 2017, 07:45:54 AM »
Jim my wife and I were in your neck of the woods back in October. We were in Bryson City. We absolutely loved it. We're already planning a go back hopefully next year.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2017, 11:59:35 PM »
I've been lucky as most of the time loggers have loaded my trailer or truck for me for a $20 or so, but I've loaded some on my trailer by my self by lagging a board on the end of the log and lifting it with a handy man jack. then put a round under it. went I pull it toward the trailer with my winch the end comes up and over the end of trailer. I've loaded some big logs up to 20 plus feet. Usually only can get 4 or 5 on before I poop out.     

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #64 on: December 31, 2017, 05:51:01 AM »
I have not tried this, but you guys that use a low deck utility trailer car type trailer and a winch should try it sometime.
My thought is to take an old junk truck wheel and put it in front of the log with your winch line over the top of it, I almost bet the log would ride up over it with no jacking or hang ups either.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #65 on: December 31, 2017, 06:58:10 AM »
With a little scrap metal you can make a loader...

 

 

 

 
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #66 on: December 31, 2017, 08:59:27 AM »

This works way better than I ever thought it would, I have a 8000lb warn 12v winch and the drill steel roller makes it easier. I can unplug and remove the trailer tail lights when loading/unloading (learned after breaking them off 2x) You can either unload by using the snatch block and winch or just chain the logs to a tree and drive away or lift them off using the backhoe.
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #67 on: December 31, 2017, 12:01:49 PM »
 

 

With a 12.000 pound winch this works darn good for me
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #68 on: December 31, 2017, 02:39:47 PM »
I would go with the biggest winch you can afford, just in case you ever need the extra power.  I went with a 12,000 lb. winch.  I don't think it is necessary to be that big but i like the comfort of knowing it can handle most anything.  For my rig, I wish the trailer frame was stouter, but making sure to put block supports under concerned areas has made sure nothing has faltered.  I also made a hitch at the front of my trailer frame so I could easily take the winch off and store it.  Things like to walk away in my neighborhood, which is a shame.
 

  

  

 

Anyhow, I think with a little ingenuity you ought to be able to come up with something that works for you.  I spent alot of time looking at posts and threads like this one to see what folks were doing and what worked for them and tailoring it to what I had to work with rather than vying for an exact copy.  Really have enjoyed this thread.

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #69 on: December 31, 2017, 03:07:34 PM »
Drarnold, I enlarged the area where the arch connects to the trailer and it looks like the arch connects to a bracket that is attached to the trailer.  I think I see a pin that can be pulled out to disconnect it all.  But most of all it doesn't look like you use a very heavy gauge metal.  Are you happy with the way it handles heaver logs?
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #70 on: December 31, 2017, 04:57:23 PM »
I use a 12K winch for Parbuckling.   After the winch is used for a period of time, the battery weakens and we have use jumper cables from the truck.  My plan to add a gas engine and single pole alternator to maintain a charge on the battery.  Seems like a lot of equipment. I use to use a simple hand cranked windlass rig to parbuckle a 24 inch log onto my trailer.   

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #71 on: December 31, 2017, 05:07:18 PM »
50 Acre Jim the brackets and arch are made of 3/16" 2x3 tubing and the ears the pins slide through are 1/2 plate steel.  I am no metal worker but I supposed it was stout enough to handle most logs.  I haven't run into any problems with it so far.  No bending anywhere I have observed.  The receiver for the winch is lighter at only 1/8 but I haven't had any issues with that component either.  I was more concerned with the trailer frame flexing or bending but with some well placed blocking and dogleg jacks it has held up pretty good. 

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #72 on: December 31, 2017, 06:49:49 PM »
Running a 16,5 Warn on my setup. It will kill a battery real fast...

 

 
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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #73 on: January 01, 2018, 08:34:11 AM »
I have a 12000lbs winch that mounts in a receiver hitch tube on the front of the trailer, so I can put it on any of my trailers or mount in in the hitches on any of my pickups. The log arch just sits in any of the stake pockets on the trailer--- I can put a bolt in the bottom hole of the arch mount if I want to move the trailer around with the winch line disconnected from the arch 

  

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2018, 01:27:24 AM »
I use a 12,000 pound winch mounted on the tongue of the trailer. I use ramps on either side and use the Parbuckle techniques with a snatch block on the opposite side of the trailer. I could fold my trailer in half with this thing but it rolls logs up with ease. Pretty pleased with the setup. I tried the flip bar from the back thats a pain in the butt. I like to roll them on from the side just like you would with the cable setup on a bandmill.
 

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« Reply #75 on: February 03, 2018, 08:01:15 PM »
Weather has been so bad I haven't been able to cut wood or work on the solar kiln.  But as a last resort, I started building my log lifter.  Or should I say, I had someone with welding skills start building it.    Also added some steel rails to the sides of the trailer to protect (what's left of) my fenders. 

Anyhow, here it is so far.  Need to mount the winch and fix a few other small issues. 















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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #76 on: February 03, 2018, 08:21:37 PM »
Nice work Jim! That looks very stout...
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« Reply #77 on: February 04, 2018, 08:44:56 AM »
Looks good--- that's gonna work pretty slick for ya.

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Re: winch and trailer to load logs
« Reply #78 on: July 06, 2018, 09:57:58 AM »
 

 

 

 

 
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