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New Toy, life is getting easier
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:39:45 PM »
Howdy ALL,

I'm as happy as a pig in $%!+, I used the sketch in the Sept/Oct 1985 Mother Earth News of a straddle-legged log hauler. A dear friend stuck it together for me and today it moved its first log. Autobody at the college will paint it this Fall. Photos below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like it is Christmas, but it is July.
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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2017, 09:00:13 PM »
That's awesome but can you get license plates for it ?

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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2017, 09:45:24 PM »
Cool!!!!

Shouldn't be a problem getting plates if he wants them.  Midwest is a bit more laid back than the northeast.  In MO, if under 16' long you take it to any inspection station to get a slip as homemade.  Their inspection is 1.  a tape measure to make sure it's under 16' and 2. a cursory glance to make sure it's homemade (not stolen etc.).  Take the slip to the DMV with property tax receipt get tags on the spot and title in a week or two.  A set of magnetic lights and all set!

KS is no tags under 2 ton or so (can't recall exact amount)

Don't know details about AR, but I'm sure it's similar.

With that said, I have a couple small trailers that I've run a lot of miles for several years with no tags or lights using just hand signals and no issues.  :)
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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2017, 11:11:52 PM »
Tags aren't a problem, a stop at the Assessor's office to get my less than $4,000 homemade trailer on the tax role, then DFA for license plate and submit for a title to come in a couple weeks.

I could switch plates from my single-axle 7'x10' trailer and avoid the tax man but why run the risk.

No tail/brake lights if I only drive in daylight. It is narrow enough that my truck's lights are visible but I got a set of magnetic-base lights to increase the safety margin. If load is more than 48" beyond rear of trailer then a caution (red) flag must be attached.

Using my rearview mirror, I only see the hand winch. Wheels are not visible in side mirrors. I need to tweek a little.

I'm thinking of upgrading to fore and aft 2500# electric winches. HF has them on sale next weekend.
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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2017, 11:57:47 PM »
Just to clarify, for Kansas.  License plate is optional for trailers with a GVWR of less than 2000 pounds.  Functional lights are required at all times on a public roadway.  Some prefer to tag them for identification purposes (in case of theft).  Note that it is not the actual load you are carrying, it is the rated capacity of the trailer, empty or loaded.
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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2017, 01:16:31 AM »
If you intend to tow it on the road, I'd want brake and indicator lights at least. I might not be a legal requirement, but you don't know how much attention the guy behind you is paying. Brake and indicator lights improve your chances of not being rear ended.

Locally you could probably get it road legal with a quick safety inspection, some mudguards and a bolt on "light bar". They check for rust, dodgy welds, a worn coupling, safety chains bad wheel bearings, dodgy tires etc. I would be treated the same as things like boat trailers. But you would need a full set of lights, including one to light up your rego plate. It could be attached with some wing-nuts and easy to remove when not on the road. It just needs to be "attached" when you get the inspection, or pass a cop on the road.
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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2017, 07:53:28 AM »
I put a slow moving triangle LINK on mine because if/when it is ever on the road, it is slow moving.
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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2017, 06:59:37 PM »

Now you're at the next level!   8)   There are many many levels in this game.   :D

In case you were wondering the proper word for it, it's called a log arch. 





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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2017, 08:30:24 PM »
That's some ruff country and that a real arch...
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2017, 06:35:56 AM »
 

 
This one wasn't too shabby.  It was built for skidding Redwood logs.
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2017, 07:18:03 AM »
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2017, 08:14:42 AM »
My former employer who owns an excavating company loves old iron.  He found a Hyster just like what 4x4 posted, except the tracks were different and a lot more wore out.  We restored it and as far as I know it is still in Ohio.  He also has an older 1950's Cat D8 from the Army Corps of Engineers to go along with it, very cool.  We would move dirt with modern equipment and restore old iron in the wintertime.

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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2017, 02:45:48 PM »
Yesterday, made a few changes to the loghauler (log arch). Beefed it up substantially, hopefully I won't be able to swayback this one.



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Re: New Toy, life is getting easier
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2017, 03:58:24 PM »


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This one wasn't too shabby.  It was built for skidding Redwood logs.

No, you are not too shabby, I did not know that you skidded redwood logs  :D :D :D
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2017, 04:25:23 PM »
Yesterday, made a few changes to the loghauler (log arch). Beefed it up substantially, hopefully I won't be able to swayback this one.

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Looks like you just quadrupled the capacity of your log arch.
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This one wasn't too shabby.  It was built for skidding Redwood logs.

No, you are not too shabby, I did not know that you skidded redwood logs  :D :D :D.

He was just built to skid redwood logs.  He doesn't say that he ever skidded any.  :laugh:
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2017, 11:07:12 AM »
Darrel,

Thanks, I hope that it is at least improved by that much.

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