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Tractor logging with winch

Started by sawyerf250, January 30, 2015, 12:09:58 PM

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g_man


The good thing about having a tractor for logging is that you can use it for other jobs around the place. A big one for me is road maintenance. Grading, snow plowing, and every spring, pulling out road rocks pushed up by the frost. If a rock looks like it will stop the grader blade or plow I pull it out with my tractor and log grapple.  A couple days ago I found this one - just a knub showing but it felt solid.







You never know what's there until you get it out.







I put my camera out and made a 5 minute video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0bvRGKJvPo&feature=youtu.be

gg

Old Greenhorn

Nicely done g man! That was a honker. 
 I have one in my shop driveway that has been there since we bought this place. Hardly notice it in the summer time, it doesn't stick up, just a little bump a couple inches high. But in February in a cold winter it pops up about 4". I first 'discovered it' when plowing with my little JD 110. Zipping up and down the driveway taking off 4" of powder show and I hit that thing as fast as that JD would go. The tractor stopped dead in it's tracks, the rear end came up about a foot in the air and the steering wheel was firmly planted in my groin as I nearly flew over the top.  ffcheesy The tractor stalled right out and I thought the teeth flew out of my mouth for a minute.
 Well I don't have a machine like yours, but the following June I went out with a shale bar and started picking at it. After several hours (off and on) I uncovered enough to know that even if I could get a chain around it, my truck wouldn't pull it out. So I took a sledge to the top of it to lower it a bit and covered it back up. ffcheesy It's still there today. But we don't get the really hard freezes to lift it that much anymore. None the less, I go over that spot real slow with the plow. ffcheesy
Tom Lindtveit, Woodsman Forest Products
Oscar 328 Band Mill, Husky 350, 450, 562, & 372 (Clone), Mule 3010, and too many hand tools. :) Retired and trying to make a living to stay that way. NYLT Certified.
OK, maybe I'm the woodcutter now.
I work with wood, There is a rumor I might be a woodworker.

jb616

LOL Tom, that is one of the funniest stories I heard in a while. Very descriptive ffcheesy

Old Greenhorn

Well, like many good stories it was all true and it didn't feel very funny at that moment. ffcheesy How I stayed in the tractor was a wonder to me. I think that steering wheel got lodged pretty well in my groin and wouldn't/couldn't  let go.
Tom Lindtveit, Woodsman Forest Products
Oscar 328 Band Mill, Husky 350, 450, 562, & 372 (Clone), Mule 3010, and too many hand tools. :) Retired and trying to make a living to stay that way. NYLT Certified.
OK, maybe I'm the woodcutter now.
I work with wood, There is a rumor I might be a woodworker.

thecfarm

You must have some soft rocks in NY.  :huh?   
I tried that with a few around here. 
But saying that, there was some ledge next to the road I got rid of. Well, it's still there, but a few inches of dirt is over it now. That came apart in pieces. Wished all  rayrock was like that on my land.
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

g_man

We got a lot of downed fir last winter with all the wind, heavy snow, and stump rotted trees. During mud season I have been limbing out the ones I can get a stud log from (5"+). This week I started pulling them out. Since I haven't been in the woods for a while with a tractor I started with the small ones to get the rust and cob web out.








I put the camera out

https://youtu.be/NVbIEBgpEaE

gg

Magicman

At least we know where the rust is and the cob webs are.  ffcheesy 

It's good to see you up and at it.  Thank You for taking the time to make that video.  :thumbsup:
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B.C.C. Lapp

I like how Gordon throws two chokers over his shoulder, grabs his main line and walks effortlessly uphill to his logs. 

Every time I leave my skidder parked for a small job and use my winch and tractor I always smile when I first pick up the light chokers and pulling the line is so easy.  I can pull 120 of cable off my winch and still be walking easier than 25 ft of main line with the skidder.
Low impact slow logging like that is an enjoyable day.    Keep at it Gordon. :thumbsup:
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.

47sawdust

Where are the black flies Gordon ?
Mick
1997 WM Lt30 1999 WM twin blade edger Kubota L3750 Tajfun winchGood Health Work is my hobby.

g_man

Probably under my helmet or in my ears  :veryangry:  

That day was cool enough that they weren't bad. Mighty thick now though.

gg

B.C.C. Lapp

I took on a little 10 load job close to home.  Its flat ground, a little wet still. Where isn't around here?    I decided to just move the tractor in to save trucking the skidder.  And so I'm kinda bouncing back and forth between the two jobs working which ever is dryer. 
Decent trees and a short skid.  So its coming out easy.

The truck driver was new and he asked me how I stacked the logs like that. I told him I bump them up with the tractor and I don't think he believed me. ffcheesy

Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.

g_man

BCC, I like your log pusher/blade on the FEL. Did you make that ?? What do you call a 10 load job. Tri-axle or semi ?

gg

B.C.C. Lapp

g-man I mean tri- 
axles. And yes a friend and I made that blade styled after a skidder blade.
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.

cutterboy

BCC, nice pictures. Thanks. You're getting some nice logs out of there. Will you pull out the firewood as well?
To underestimate old men and old machines is the folly of youth. Frank C.

Satamax

Guys, i bumped into this video yesterday. And thought about this thread. It looks a bit like where i live. Thought, wetter. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ej9JArQERg&t=7s

French CD4 sawmill. Latil TL 73. Self moving hydraulic crane. Iveco daily 4x4 lwb dead as of 06/2020. Replaced by a Brimont TL80 CSA.

Magicman

Knothole Sawmill, LLC     '98 Wood-Mizer LT40SuperHydraulic   WM Million BF Club Member   WM Pro Sawyer Network

It's Weird being the Same Age as Old People

Never allow your "need" to make money to exceed your "desire" to provide quality service.....The Magicman

47sawdust

I'm glad my tractor doesn't have that hard of life.
They must have a full time mechanic on the crew.
Talk about a "daily carnage" thread!
Mick
1997 WM Lt30 1999 WM twin blade edger Kubota L3750 Tajfun winchGood Health Work is my hobby.

thecfarm

Yea, but all the glass looks intact.  :huh?
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

woodroe

Wow, those guys are crazy, but effective. I've done some wheelies twitching logs 
before I got a tractor with loader. Foot always on the clutch !
Skidding firewood with a kubota L3300.

B.C.C. Lapp

Quote from: cutterboy on June 15, 2024, 07:38:48 AMBCC, nice pictures. Thanks. You're getting some nice logs out of there. Will you pull out the firewood as well?
Yes I will pull the firewood out Cutter.  Everything but the quake and the poplar.   Lots of hickory there, soft maple, a little cherry and red oak mixed in as well.
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.

AndyVT

Here's a question for the group, my Norse 450 winch (which is probably 20 years old or more) will just stop pulling. This happens sometimes when a large (24inch) is on the hook full length on the ground or when the butt of a smaller log digs into the ground or any number of other situations. The load I'm pretty sure does not approach the 9900 lbs capacity of the winch. I hear or feel no slipping from the winch, it just won't pull.
Any ideas?

thecfarm

Does it do every time? 
I have one over 30 years old and mine saw a lot of heavy use the first 5 years.
I have seen mine plow through roots and rocks and dig up ground and keep coming with a big log.
Then I will be twitching in a smaller one and it has a hard time moving it.  :huh?
A side way pull will get it moving again. 
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

Hilltop366

Have you ever adjusted the clutch? Sounds like it may need adjusting or replacement of the friction material if it is to the end of it's adjustment.

AndyVT

Quote from: thecfarm on Yesterday at 06:52:54 PMDoes it do every time?
I have one over 30 years old and mine saw a lot of heavy use the first 5 years.
I have seen mine plow through roots and rocks and dig up ground and keep coming with a big log.
Then I will be twitching in a smaller one and it has a hard time moving it.  :huh?
A side way pull will get it moving again.
If does it pretty much every time 

AndyVT

Quote from: Hilltop366 on Yesterday at 07:17:20 PMHave you ever adjusted the clutch? Sounds like it may need adjusting or replacement of the friction material if it is to the end of its adjustment.
Never adjusted it. It always holds the load when it pulls 

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