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Author Topic: best setup for small scale logging, skidding, woods clearing, tree removal  (Read 1370 times)

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I am doing a lot of tree and downwood removal, clearing some woods around my home in Montana.  I also want to pull out a number of small trees/scrub directly, i.e. pull them right out and put them on the brush pile with minimal cutting/handling.  What is going to be the best equipment for doing this?  I'm thinking a small winch truck with a long cable, because I cannot access a lot of the areas other than to pull in a cable and drag out the log.  But from surfing the web, I don't see a lot about using winch trucks this way (I used an old one this way when I was younger, so it makes sense to me).  I have a small farm tractor, but I think I prefer using a winch to pull, rather than dragging by driving the tractor -- I find that pretty inefficient and a little hazardous.  Thanks for any feedback on what direction I should go.

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Check out a PortableWinch .

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kernag.welcome to the forum.
Nothing a matter with an old truck. My land would be kinda hard to get one around on it. Shorten it up about 6 feet would be easier,but still hard.
You say small tractor,how many hp?4wd? Got a loader for it? I push the brush into a pile with my loader.
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Whats your budget?  Whats the terrain like?  Whats your mechanical/fabrication ability level?
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Check out a PortableWinch .

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Kernag,

What kind of terrain are you dealing with? What species of trees/brush are you dealing with? What are your goals? I'm in western Montana and deal mostly with lodgepole pine and some Fir trees and the terrain is fairly steep. I use a four wheeler in the summer and a snowmobile in the winter to pull trees out, most of which are full length. I just tip them towards my trails to avoid winching most of them, which I have a winch on the four wheeler or a chainsaw winch. I'm doing this for firewood and to clear the trails from these falling dead lodgepole.

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I cleared a lot of land with a Farmi winch on the back of a 65 hp tractor.
Set of forks on the front lets you stack brush and move logs.
After years of doing this I finally bought a skidder.
I believe the winch on my tractor had 180' of cable.
You can reach quite a ways with it.
A used winch can be had pretty reasonable.
Forks can be found pretty cheap too.
Just have to look around.
Good luck with whatever direction you go.
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Back in the 70s we pulled a bunch of trees out of the ground with a 40hp tractor. Hooked up as high as you could and pull then drag to a pile. Yes I got swarped by a bunch of brush pulling them down but dad didn't seem to mind. He was the hookup man.
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Ive always wanted an older track loader with a winch on the back and a grapple on the bucket, that would do 95% if what I need
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Re: best setup for small scale logging, skidding, woods clearing, tree removal
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2018, 08:45:23 AM »
Thats how im trying to set mine up, take the chinstrap off the drott 4 in 1 bucket and make a grapple that goes with the drott moldboard so it can still push a little dirt around and grab brush/logs. 
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Re: best setup for small scale logging, skidding, woods clearing, tree removal
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2018, 04:22:22 PM »
DaleK,
Good to see a Monty Python fan.My wife was singing the songs refrain to me this afternoon.We were out snowshoeing and I was staring up into the treetops looking at firewood.
For those of you not familiar who want a good laugh,do a search of Monty Python's Lumberjack song.

Back to the original post.....if your budget permits,4wd tractor with loader,winch,2 good chainsaws,safety equipment,common sense,and good advice will get you started and a long way toward achieving your goals.Slow and steady get's it done.
Mick
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Re: best setup for small scale logging, skidding, woods clearing, tree removal
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2018, 07:34:29 PM »
Ive always wanted an older track loader with a winch on the back and a grapple on the bucket, that would do 95% if what I need

I never thought much about these except, "why would anybody want one?" Now that I have one - - what took me so long to get one?
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Re: best setup for small scale logging, skidding, woods clearing, tree removal
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 08:27:56 AM »
Thats how i feel about all my junk!   What kinda track loader you have and what do you think of it?
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Re: best setup for small scale logging, skidding, woods clearing, tree removal
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2018, 04:01:06 PM »
I have done some clearing with both a 955 and a 977 cat loader. They will push trees over that gives a dozer a hard time because of being able to reach up high on the trunk, same deal with an excavator, it will surprise you what a guy can do with one.

I saw a track loader on craigslist once that had a grapple on it, for a skidder and a log grapple setup instead of a bucket, would have ben handy for some applications.
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