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Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:45:48 PM »
Hello all, new to this sight and would like to know if anyone out there has seen or has any info on a cable skidder a friend of mine just picked up. Its a Gafner MB411 Mini Skidder. The machine is a bit of a basket case and I have been recruited to help put it back together. The engine and trans is out, we got the engine running so that should not be too big of a deal. The problem is the transmission is pretty sick, its partially disassembled and is gonna need major work to get going. Big problem I see is parts as its a Mercedes Benz Unimog unit and I don't think theres gonna be an abundance of spare parts laying around! anyone know of these? Its a pretty neat little machine none the less Hopefully we'll get it back in the woods! Thanks, Joe 

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2014, 06:14:38 PM »
could you put in a tranny out of a small truck like 1/2-1 ton or a little bigger  mybe a NP 540

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2014, 07:08:11 PM »
Hrdlx62,welcome to the forum. Good luck with the skidder.  ;D
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2014, 07:29:56 PM »
Welcome aboard Hrdlx62
Here is another thread about them.                         http://209.164.108.37/board/index.php?topic=74627.0
It might be a bit challenging to get parts for it. What kinda tranny is in it?
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2014, 08:28:03 PM »
I have a sales brochures of that machine with all the specs. Would love to see a pic. Welcome aboard!
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2014, 08:37:38 PM »
back in the 70's case dealers also sold unimogs. they put case backhoes on them. also the national guard had some

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2014, 08:41:52 PM »
 

 
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2014, 09:05:21 PM »
That is just such an awesome size, I wish I had one! That would be the ultimate firewood unit ;)
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2014, 09:13:38 PM »
I'm planning on buying one in the spring if I can convince the guy to sell it.
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2014, 08:56:49 AM »
Yes its a pretty neat little machine, firewood and small woodlot logging is the plan. The problem with trying to refit another trans is that the transmission, transfer case and PTO are one unit. Not that it couldn't be done I'm looking into options. I would be nice to just get it back together as it should be. We'll see what happens. I would love to get a hold of the repair manual for the machine if they had one! That sales brochure is great!

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2014, 09:49:09 AM »
You can have the sales brochure if you want.
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2014, 05:16:01 PM »
Somewhere around here I have the phone number of a guy who has at least 2 UniMogs in unknown condition.  I will try to locate the number. If I can find it I will PM it to you.

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2014, 05:21:36 PM »
Whatduyaknow! The first place I looked there was the number.

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2014, 10:38:05 PM »
Got the engine to run briefly (no cooling system). 1 and 2 cylinders were lazy. Had fuel to all injectors. I pulled the injectors tonight and will have them checked and if I can find an adapter will do a compression test. Transmission is worse than first thought. The output shaft end pilot appears to be broke.

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2014, 05:35:36 AM »
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2014, 09:01:02 AM »
The Brochure says it is built with Mercedes components, maybe a dealer may be able to help. I was thinking the tran could b a truck tran. They did & still do build trucks.
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2014, 05:25:19 PM »
 Some where I heard Mercedes used to build  Unimogs.
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2014, 07:43:18 PM »
Do a google search for "unimog 404 parts" and "unimog 406 parts"

Then start calling. Plenty of parts supply for mogs.

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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2014, 07:48:56 PM »
Gafner's machines were all built with drive train components from other manufacturers.  Their Iron Mules were based on Massey Ferguson and Ford industrial tractors.  Parts for these Minis shouldn't be a problem except for paying the Mercedes Price.
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Re: Gafner MB 411 Mini Skidder
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2014, 07:56:36 AM »
In most other countries Mercedes are taxi cabs. Just saying. Lol
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