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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2015, 09:17:01 PM »
Looks like a dandy machine !
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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2015, 11:35:17 AM »
Thanks guys!  8)

 

  

 
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2015, 03:06:14 PM »
Does the rear winch plate go up and down or is it fixed position? Looks good!

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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2015, 03:27:35 PM »
Looks real fine.  One suggestion, if you can fab a small arch with a horizontal roller on it, it will make things much better on the drag, as it will put more weight on the machine when you winch in, and go to drive out with a hitch on.
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2015, 11:29:05 AM »
Does the rear winch plate go up and down or is it fixed position? Looks good!
Fixed, and thanks!
Looks real fine.  One suggestion, if you can fab a small arch with a horizontal roller on it, it will make things much better on the drag, as it will put more weight on the machine when you winch in, and go to drive out with a hitch on.
Been thinking about it, however this thing has less than 5' wheelbase and flat land timber is almost non existent here. Tractor logging winches are pretty similar to this and I compare this machine to a compact tractor, so I figure someone else has already done the homework. That being said I'd like to come up with a small adjustable or removable arch to try and see how it does with it. Come to think of it, I could make one out of square tube that would slide into the receiver hitch and pin to those tabs on the sides of the winch frame. That would be simple and removable quick and easy if needed.
Picked up gliders and chokers yesterday. Mounted the saw scabbards and put the steps back on. Primered all my bare steel and notched the lower fairlead bracket so the gliders might have better clearance if pulling straight up. I'm wanting to add a log grapple to the blade so I can pickup more nose weight and move things easier. In the last pic, where the orange level is propped up, I think I'll put safety screen from there to just behind the saws, and will put screen on the sides from hood to top of cage. Still need to find a place to mount a tool box and pickup some sheet metal for the roof, it will slope up over top of the original ROP bar in back.
Thoughts and input welcome as always. Thanks!
 

  

  

  

 
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2015, 07:05:45 AM »
Great looking unit!  U mite consider a steel roof over that seat for safety sake. It would also keep u dry :D
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« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2015, 10:26:32 AM »
Great looking unit!  U mite consider a steel roof over that seat for safety sake. It would also keep u dry :D

Think I mentioned that was in the works. Might have missed it? But Yea I'm not done with the cage.
And thanks!
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« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2015, 08:56:36 PM »
Almost ready to rock n roll. 8)
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« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2015, 09:28:59 PM »
Little more progress today until I ran out of welding wire. One side is done. 

 
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2015, 12:56:16 PM »
Can't wait for the YouTube video of it in action..... 🙋 🙋
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2015, 01:36:06 PM »
I would make the arch to match your roll cage.
Have it so it folds up flat to the cage when not useing it.
You could have two chains off the cage to hold it when unfolded.
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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2015, 10:28:56 PM »
Can't wait for the YouTube video of it in action..... 🙋 🙋
Me either! Lol
I would make the arch to match your roll cage.
Have it so it folds up flat to the cage when not useing it.
You could have two chains off the cage to hold it when unfolded.
Fairly clever! I'm still not convinced an arch is overly beneficial on this particular machine. Why isn't anyone telling all the tractor guys with Farmi winches to build an arch? Not trying to be argumentative at all just trying to understand the difference. The way I see it, my setup should get them plenty high off the ground and not be trying to cause a backflip all the time. Am I missing something? I know an arch adds leverage for traction but I'm not convinced this machine can handle the added leverage. It's short, less than 5' wheelbase. Like 58" tops seriously. It seems like the arches I see are on articulating machines with the winch mounted further forward and the arch is just to get the line to the back of the machine, while I'm already there due to the tractor like layout of this thing.

Also in case anyone was wondering, the one gallon gas can idea for bar oil is a terrible one. The straw is stupid messy at best, and this one is worn out and leaks and pulls out of the cap making a much bigger mess. I will go back to the regular gallon jug that it comes in.
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #32 on: October 19, 2015, 06:28:56 AM »
I use bar and chain oil jugs for my gas too. They will get a hole in them after a few months.
I rub 6 slides on my winch. I haul out a lot of small stuff. If I need 6 that is good,I only use one,because it's a big one,that is fine too. I made up some 4 foot chains for the small stuff. Much easier to only have to pull 2 feet of chain through a chocker,instead of 6 feet of chains with my 8 foot chains.
I do hope the brakes work good. The 3pt winches on tractors have a blade that digs into to keep the tractor from being pulled towards the trees being winched in.
I think by an arch he means about 2 feet higher than your winch??
Like on my winch.

 

 

This one might show it better.

 

 

That top pulley is about 6 feet of the ground when I am winch something in.

Five feet wide is a good width. My 40hp power is 6 feet wide. hard to sneak through the woods. I have to cut roads for it. The wife's 30hp,is only 5 feet wide. That is not in the woods much,but it's easier to get though the woods with hers.
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« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2015, 07:32:39 AM »
Think it's done pretty much minus some primer to hold it over until it gets a proper paint job.
Cage is done, side screens over engine swing open for access. 10 gauge diamond plate steel roof. Entire machine rewired from scratch. New alternator. Got a barrel of used antifreeze for free and filled the front tires, soon as I get more I'll do the backs.
Resealed the valve cover, repaired leaking exhaust,
Disassembled, cleaned, reinstalled and adjusted brakes, fixed hydraulic leaks, added front and rear work lights, a dome light, 12v power outlet, cupholder, operator fan in cab, fire extinguisher, new gauges etc. I'll pick up some more sliders and chokers one day. The winch is very slow. Perhaps I wouldn't think it so slow if I weren't used to my fast electric one on my truck. 

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
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« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2015, 07:53:20 AM »
Superb!  :) outstanding
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« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2015, 09:40:01 AM »
Good job! It looks very capable of doing the job!

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« Reply #36 on: October 23, 2015, 07:25:34 PM »
Looks great
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Re: my mini skidder build progress
« Reply #37 on: October 23, 2015, 08:22:34 PM »
I'm more impressed with you than the machine, a real ball of energy.. First rate project.
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« Reply #38 on: October 23, 2015, 08:53:31 PM »
You're going to like it!!
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« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2015, 09:53:19 PM »
Nice toy ! 8)
First I thought, he wouldn't need work lights if he wouldn't have a cup holder. Then I 've read about the slow winch and things made a lot more sense. ;D  :D
 
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