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Offline John S

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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2013, 04:06:12 PM »
Jack Sobon has plans for a timber cart.  I took his class at HSV three years ago but cannot locate the plans he gave us.  I have built two sets of his sawhorses, they are simple but great.
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2013, 06:24:26 PM »
I just use my little log arch, up to 16'. When I mind holes in the timber from the tongs, I slip a piece of old tire between tongs and timber. The rubber actually helps grab the timber as long as the rubber is still pretty soft and flexible.
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2013, 10:41:50 PM »
This is my original timber cart.
 
 

And this is the new one ;)
 
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2013, 05:42:55 PM »
Raphael  :D :D :D   I like both carts but that new one is the way to go.
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2013, 08:52:53 AM »
So is anyone able to share plans? It would be great to get plans for a wooden one like Jack Sobon's or Jim's customer made for instance.

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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2013, 03:46:14 PM »
Have a look at what Logrite has just done...they've come out with multi uses for their Arch Jr.  It can pick up heavy beams off the ground or cribbing with a sling so it doesn't mark up a good timber.  You can't normally load a beam that is in the 4-500lb range with a normal timber cart, but no problem with this one.  And what's better is that they've got attachment parts that allow you to use the Arch to move other stuff using a chain, or tow a trailer by hand with a ball hitch attchement.  Much more than a one use tool...  check it out!  They also make an extension for the handle.


And here's a post with more info
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,63040.0.html
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2013, 12:27:40 AM »
Here's my timber arch:

It's made from a choppped up rear beam off of a VW Rabbit, with VW donut spare tires, a peice of I-beam that was holding up a lean-to shed roof, some scrap angle-iron, and a nylon strap....oh, I forgot to mention the recovery hook!!!!

 

  

  



This is the process of moving two hewn floor joists.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


 
Here I am moving a single 8x8x16ft treated beam.


 

  

  

  

  

It's nowhere near as pretty or as light as the Logrite Junior, but my son helped me make it...

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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2013, 12:36:14 AM »
Rooster,
Just paint it blue and no one will know the difference... :D
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2013, 08:42:16 AM »
This is the carpet dolly I mentioned a while back.  It's relatively stable, and easy to take with.

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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2013, 10:49:18 PM »
I see two basic styles emerging in all the photos. A type where you load a timber on top of the cart and a second type that the cart straddles over the timber. Having never used either, the latter just appears far superior. Instead of lifting and maneuvering a heavy timber onto a tippy cart, you instead just position the cart over the timber. Good to see all the pictures, will definitely help with my design.

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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2013, 09:32:04 AM »
There seems to be a problem with all timber carts though, you have to hunch over to push them.  The lower they are, the worse it is for the back.  But it's better to have the timber closer to the ground for stability.  I know you're taller than me Rooster, but that cart looks low.  I guess anything that allows you to move timbers by yourself is good.  I just think we need to invent one of those loaders from the Aliens movie:

"they" have. It was in TED. currently undergoing military testing.

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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2013, 09:18:18 PM »
I answered a posting for some free redwood logs in a back yard.  Already down and cut to about 9'.  So that motivated me to make this "Log arch".  Worked well enough and I think I'll keep it around for moving timbers.  The biggest log was 17" inside the bark at the butt end and cleared the ground with about an inch to spare.  Held together with just 4 bolts.  I spent most of the time taking all the extra parts off the frames.  Not bad for a morning's work.

 

 

 

 

I slung the logs from the 1-1/4" pipe and that allowed me to steer it when pulling.  So my son (almost 9) see the two remaining wheels and say I should make a trailer for the log!
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2013, 10:15:06 PM »
How about one or two showing a log slung in it? 
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2013, 09:02:02 PM »


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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2013, 10:00:46 PM »
I got this on sale at Cabela's for $35. It's now ~$80. It worked well but the timbers would slide off the side if I pushed it over any ground rougher than my driveway so I tacked on some 1/8 rod on each end to keep them from slipping and it works much better.

I see some pretty big timbers on some other peoples carts but this works well for the 6x6 and 8x8 softwood I'm working with. A green 18' hemlock 8x8 is really pushing the limits of the cart.. The pics show a 12' EWP 6x6 on the cart.

 

  

 

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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2013, 10:34:29 PM »
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Before it folds up on itself from the weight, maybe put some straps across the top bars that you tacked the rod to, to hold the ends supports in tension. Looks like the side bars that the two braces are bolted to are the real weak points.
A game animal just doesn't weigh what your timbers weigh, but looks like a handy cart for the job.
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Re: Show us your timber/ beam cart!
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2013, 08:03:15 PM »

Yea it's a toy - but it's a little sturdier than it looks and is at a convenient height to pivot beams off my pile. As I said  it works for what I use it for, but with some straps I'd feel better with the long hemlock. Thanks for that, beenther, That's a great idea. Don't know why I didn't think of that..

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log cart post-- can't find it, but will reply anyway
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2013, 02:14:16 PM »
 I was reading a post the other day about a cart on man had made to move heavy cants.  I took some pictures of mine and now can't find the original posting.
Actually, I use mine mostly to get the back end of the log off the ground, while hauling them with my arch. I decided to field test it before I painted it, but worked real good getting a 116 year old pine out of my swamp.
I lift the small end of the log with my home-make timber jack placed about 3' from the end. Then I slide the cart under and
secure it with a ratchet strap.  Then the front end is lifted with the winch on the log arch.
The old pine that blew over produced 1 8' butt log (32" on the stump) and 4  10' logs before I got to the limbs.
The log you see on the arch is the top one, 11.5" on the small end.





 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2013, 02:39:41 PM »
Tgalbraith,
I think you were looking in the Timber Framing/ Log construction forum.  There's a recent topic to the effect of "Show us your timber/beam cart".
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