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C5 Tree Farmer
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:23:08 PM »
Looking at purchasing a 80s C5 TreeFarmer was wondering any issues or known problem areas to watch for. It appears to be in fair shape but I havenít run it yet. It has a gearmatic winch and a 353 Detroit. The axel ends say CanCar on them. I am more familiar with Timber Jacks. Thanks in advance.

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Re: C5 Tree Farmer
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 07:28:10 PM »
Centrax axles used in late model C4 and C5s are hard to get parts for.
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Re: C5 Tree Farmer
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 08:08:10 AM »
If you are used to jacks you gonna have a hard time to adjust to a TF . They're a lot harder to get on and off, actually i don't know what those engineers were thinking back then. The axles with that rotary hub seal were a pretty poor design,but I think they were used on the jacks as well.
Five speed standard with high and low, pretty common and trouble free. About the gearmatic or cancar, some guys love them, some hate them. I will save my comment on that one.
If you're Detroit man that 353 will do just fine, if you're not a Detroit man, well then it will take some getting used to .  ;D
I still have a C5 sitting in my shed and had plans to make something out of it, just afraid  I am running out of time.

I guess it always depends how much you wanna use it, if it's just for hobby or firewood , or is it to try to make a living from it. Does that one have a kinda half steering wheel ?
Make sure you know how to fall properly when you fall and as to not hurt anyone around you.
Also remember, it's not the fall what hurts, its the sudden stop. !!

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Re: C5 Tree Farmer
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 06:22:31 PM »
Thanks for the above responses. The Detroit is not a problem, seems much harder to climb in and out of although you can get out either side. One thing I did notice was all new bolts holding the axels on which seemed odd. The winch is off and they are replacing the seals on the winch where the power shaft attaches they are also replacing short power shaft that is just in front of the winch. Once they get this stuff back together I will be able to drive if and test it out.  I primarily cut walnut and have got by skidding with my dozer and a chain or a 135 horse tractor and 3point winch works but not ideal. I am located in Iowa so Skidders are pretty rare here and this one is close by.

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Re: C5 Tree Farmer
« Reply #4 on: Today at 10:04:53 AM »
If you are used to tractors and dozers for yarding wood, the skidder will be a big step up 8)
Much easier to pull wood, and way faster than the dozer. Only issue is moving it from job to job. C5ís are a bit much for a 3/4 or 1 ton pick up to trailer. Though you probably bablu had a good idea about that. Good luck with the new machine!
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