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manual log lifter,it's finished with maybe pictures
« on: December 26, 2015, 08:18:58 PM »
 

  I'm looking for a way to pick up large rounds to split on my Supersplitter.What I have in mind is a simple jib with a tong on one end,no winches,no hydraulics.I've  watched a you tube video of one made of 2x4's with a plywood base and boat seat swivel.While the idea is appealing the construction seems too light.I'm thinking a large truck wheel base with pipe for the upright and lever.The swivel is not clear to me.
 Anybody done this or have suggestions?I do have a tractor with a loader and have fed the splitter that way,but I like simplicity of the jib lifter.
 Thanks,Mick

The base is a 22'' truck rim with stabilizers added to keep it from tipping.The swivel is made from a front hub assembly from a jeep.It turns really nice.The upright is 2x2x!/4 with a 1.5x1.5 tube sleeve.The fulcrum is 1x3 with a tension  rod added on top.I can lift a  200lb. round with this without a struggle.Hope my shoulders survive.It brakes down into 3 pieces.The wheel cost me coffe and donuts from Pete's Tire barn,the hub assembly was free and I spent about $150.00 on steel.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Wow,sorry about the duplicate pictures.I've never done this before.I guess more is better,you always say if there's no pictures it didn't happen.
 Thanks for a great forum,
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Re: manual log lifter
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 08:58:06 PM »
Interesting idea on the simple jib, and hope to see a drawing or pic of it.

I have found what is simple and works for me is to roll the rounds (standing on end) onto a pallet, then set the pallet on top of four rounds holding each corner of the pallet. Puts them at splitter height. Then the forks are free to move the loaded pallets of split wood to the drying yard. Seems very easy on the back, and no single task is too demanding for any length of time. Easy for one person, and quite fast for two.
A supersplitter would maybe make this procedure too slow and need some improvement in bucking, loading, and stacking. But a supersplitter isn't going to happen any time soon.  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2015, 12:33:17 PM »
  A lot would depend on how large or heavy of a round you want to handle, some may consider a 20" round to be large while others may be thinking 40", big difference in weight.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2015, 12:55:39 PM »
gspren,
 Good point.At 68 big for me 20''.I'm going picking tomorrow,first my neighbors farm then to the junkyard.I'm hoping to find a wheel with spindle intact to use as a swivel,maybe 36'' in diameter.
 The picture thing has me a little stymied,but I'll get there.I've gotten as for as the gallery,but old Mick is a tad slow.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2015, 01:10:53 PM »
You have four pics in your gallery (uploaded Dec 8 ).
Go to the post where you want to put them, and click the line below that reads "click here to add photo..." , then another window opens. Click the tab in the menu that reads "My Gallery" and your gallery will be open, so just click the pic you want and it will enlarge. Right below that pic will be the instructions how to paste it in your post.
Hope this helps.
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Re: manual log lifter
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2015, 02:18:39 PM »
What I did was used a piece of 3.5 in pipe for the uprite and cut a ring of 4 in and welded on the 3.5 part way down for a stop . Then slid another 4 in down to the stop . Welded a boom on and mounted a 4 wheeler winch on top . you could use a lever of some sort insted of the winch .
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2015, 02:30:51 PM »
beenthere,
 thanks for your help.Like anything else the more I read the instructions the clearer it becomes.
gearbox,
 Your method is one that is on the design page.Do you have any binding problems with the pipe in a pipe system?
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Re: manual log lifter
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2015, 07:50:10 PM »
No drill and tap for a grease fitting. You wouldn't even need the stop ring if you put a plate on top  but it might turn harder .  I see Harbor freight has there winch on sale for $59 . Gearbox
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Re: manual log lifter,it's finished with maybe pictures
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2016, 11:34:56 AM »
Here it is Beenthere,
Might need your editing help.
thanks
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Re: manual log lifter,it's finished with maybe pictures
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2016, 07:47:35 PM »
I like good job on the lever .
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Re: manual log lifter,it's finished with maybe pictures
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2016, 02:59:40 PM »
Here's my attempt at a log lifter, a $60 truck crane and some welding. Works fine for the size of wood we have here and ,I think, better than the lift that Timberwolf supply as you can lift logs from all round the splitter, needs a block under the back if heavy stuff. One of the things I enjoy about this forum is the way us old f*rts find ways of making life a bit easier.

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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2016, 04:15:20 PM »
curratvt,Nice job on the log lifter.I thought about mounting a lift directly to the SS axle but it is a little light.Also I was afraid of making a cob job out of it and being embarrassed by the result.
 Anything to keep the fun(?) in firewood.
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Re: manual log lifter,it's finished with maybe pictures
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2016, 04:55:35 PM »
I see you are using the bulk bags. We started out firewood business in 2010 and that was the only way I was going to do it. It has worked out just fine.
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