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log hauling
« on: January 24, 2010, 12:50:09 PM »
hi folks, im new and would like to ask some advice. i have 20 acres in nw ark that im wanting to clear. plan to do it myself and would like to transport the logs anout 50 miles to a sawmill. thats where i need some expert advice. dont know what would be the better option; buying a gooseneck trailer and pulling it with my 3/4 ton chevy or buying an older flat bed truck. found an older 2 1/2 ton truck locally thats pretty cheap but dont know if thats big enough. thanks for the help.

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Re: log hauling
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 12:54:27 PM »
It's not just hauling.  You need to consider loading and unloading, vehicle maintenance, insurance and a CDL.  With the distances involved, it may be more economical to contract the hauling.  Cut and stack until you have a few loads then have them moved.
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Re: log hauling
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 01:04:17 PM »
For me one big factor would be type of road, ie highway? DOT, scales? or county roads?. County roads would be in the realm of DIY if you could figure out the loading issue (likely the mill has an "unloader").

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Re: log hauling
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010, 01:10:36 PM »
mostly state highway but plenty of loggers use it. no scales between my place and the mill. ive got an old truck i can pull the logs with. plan to load with a boom and hoist.

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 01:22:28 PM »
Another solution would be to hire a mill and mill the logs on site.

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Re: log hauling
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2010, 01:54:44 PM »
Well off twenty acres you could have enough lumber to build a house for everyone in the county or a outhouse  ??? I don't have c d l's i'm a farmer  ::)

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2010, 02:14:27 PM »
Welcome to the forum, eddie.

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Re: log hauling
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2010, 03:15:28 PM »
A gooseneck trailer is handier than pockets on a shirt.  I'd sure rather pull a trailer than load on a 2 1/2 ton truck - unless the truck is a dump bed.  Still yet, license for a trailer is waaaayyy less than for a truck in this state (AR).
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2010, 04:13:44 PM »
I haul my logs on a gooseneck and tow it with a 3/4 ton dodge cummins, trailer is tandem axle with daul wheels. I haul my skidder and tractors as well as logs. I drop bunks in the pockets, hauls a pretty good load but I imagine if I ever got pulled over they would nail me for out of class. If I have alot of wood coming off a job I usually hire a local trucker.
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Re: log hauling
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2010, 04:34:17 PM »
eddie,  Welcome to The Forestry Forum.  Good luck with your business venture.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2010, 08:20:50 PM »
I would go with a goose kneck. We run both semi and 3/4 ton depending on what the roads are like. If the bush roads are open good we'll take the 3/4 ton in and haul with it till it gets packed down. If roads are good and I'm done with the bush work we'll haul with both.



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Re: log hauling
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2010, 08:50:22 PM »
That's quite a load for that poor 3/4 ton, you might want to upgrade to a one ton dualie.

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Re: log hauling
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2010, 08:52:56 PM »
Naw, he needs ten more feet on that trailer and another set of bunks.  ;D Here in Pa. we use a few more straps though ;) Keeps the red lights from coming on behind you. Perhaps the Mounties horses cant catch up to you, or it's fairly remote.

 



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Re: log hauling
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2010, 09:22:03 PM »
I would go with a goose kneck. We run both semi and 3/4 ton depending on what the roads are like. If the bush roads are open good we'll take the 3/4 ton in and haul with it till it gets packed down. If roads are good and I'm done with the bush work we'll haul with both.

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Ryan, yer scarin' me!! A load like that, down here, would be on a tri axle, or at least a twin screw! Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, that's only a 7 ton trailer! How many feet ya figure ya got on there anyway? My trailer is very similar! I'd post a picture, but I haven't figured out pictures on this forum yet!
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Re: log hauling
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2010, 10:08:54 PM »
I would go with a goose kneck. We run both semi and 3/4 ton depending on what the roads are like. If the bush roads are open good we'll take the 3/4 ton in and haul with it till it gets packed down. If roads are good and I'm done with the bush work we'll haul with both.

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Ryan, yer scarin' me!! A load like that, down here, would be on a tri axle, or at least a twin screw! Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, that's only a 7 ton trailer! How many feet ya figure ya got on there anyway? My trailer is very similar! I'd post a picture, but I haven't figured out pictures on this forum yet!
Good talkin with ya, Dave

Tires on the trailer look like they're riding on the sidewalls.  :o
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Re: log hauling
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2010, 10:17:49 PM »
Looks like 6 cords to me, I figure I can haul 2 1/2 on my 14K gooseneck. Most wood around here, that would be around 11,000 pounds. I think you have way more weight than that- even if that wood is fairly dry.
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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2010, 10:43:32 PM »
I had a 14k trailer and hauled 5 1/2 cord of cedar, way to hard on trucks and scary when you see DOT car.
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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2010, 10:46:55 PM »
Bout 5 cords on there. maybe 5' high 8' wide and just over 16' long.

Last load of the season for that one so she was pilled on there pretty good. Usually haul 4-4.5 cords on the trailer. It handles it quite well.

Bit overweight but not to bad.lol..

Trailer is rated for 14,000 lbs but trailer weights roughly 4,000. Nice load for it is 10,000 lbs but it'll take quite a bit more. We're just on country roads and take things nice and slow.

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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2010, 11:09:37 PM »
Awe heck, ya still had more room on there.  :D  Hope you weren't hauling on the highways with that load.... the pavement is murder on tires when loaded like that. 

I need a truck and trailer just like that one.  I can get considerably more for the lumber in this area (Wynyard) than what I can around Kelvington. 

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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2010, 11:19:46 PM »
I think you got more like 20000 lbs on that trailer if you got 5 cord on


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