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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2021, 03:19:11 PM »
I have a new kubota MX 5400 cab tractor with igland log grapple, root grapple and a set of forks. traded in my 03 TC 45 new holland just because of age, but it did just as well as the kubota.   I went this route so it can be used on my property for everything from skidding logs, clearing brush, brush hogging ect...

I use the log or root grapple 99% of the time so I can gently sit the log right onto my LT 35.  I prefer this so it doesnt rock onto the mill or bang onto it with forks. 

but yes..  my tractor with grapple is a must have for the mill.  I would not have a sawmill if I didn't have a tractor and grapple.   if I had the money to just throw out I would say an articulating small loader..  maybe 60 yo 75 horse would be perfect.  skidsteers work great, I just dont need a dedicated piece of equipment for part time milling and the tractor can handle all the logs I have cut so far up to 20' long.

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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2021, 03:32:47 PM »
I use a tractor with a skid steer front end that I can use forks on.  it's awesome 
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2021, 07:57:00 PM »
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Then my 10,000 lb 24' beavertail trailer
Oh I can't forget the brand new LT40HD Wide, compared to my 1992 LT40HD what a great upgrade. I am only ever shut down for maintenence now, compare to fixing the old girl on the road every month time. 
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #43 on: October 13, 2021, 08:41:56 PM »
Best piece of equipment I own . Small portable gas powered capstan winch .its been a game changer for us . Theres no way we would even still be logging and sawing if not for the winch .

Best money I ever spent

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Can we get pictures of this unit? Never heard or seen of one
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #44 on: October 13, 2021, 09:52:29 PM »
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I have a new kubota MX 5400 cab tractor with igland log grapple, root grapple and a set of forks.
Durf700 what do you have for a 3rd function hydraulic valve on your tractor (aftermarket kit)? My MX5800 did not come with one, and I want to add it for running a grapple.
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
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« Reply #45 on: October 13, 2021, 10:08:30 PM »
The dealer can install the third function valve. Probably costs more than buying the 3rd party kit but its an independent circuit and not just a diverter. I had the the dealer install the third function valve and two sets of rear remotes when I bought the mx5400. Im betting the mx5800 has the same plumbing.
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« Reply #46 on: October 13, 2021, 10:28:52 PM »
At the time I bought my tractor, the dealer said I would have to buy the backhoe (BH92) attachment also to get the extra hydraulic valves. That was 5 years ago, just wondering if it is an option now, or what aftermarket setup was used.
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
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« Reply #47 on: October 13, 2021, 10:35:22 PM »
The third function and remotes are kubota options but dealer installed on the 5400 and 6000. Dont know about the older models. I guess a call to the dealer could clear that up. Im sure there are 3rd party sources for all those if you feel adventurous- or can get Mike Belben to come visit. 
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« Reply #48 on: October 13, 2021, 10:55:48 PM »
Possible that there is a kit for the 3rd function addition? 
That was the easy way to add a 3rd function to my Deere.. came with everything needed and good installation directions.
Now am looking to add a diverter to that 3rd function for the Thumb that I added to the forks. Don't like switching hyd. hoses at the rear from the 3pt top arm to the front Thumb. Lazy is part of it, but often want both working when doing a job cutting and moving brush and trees.
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« Reply #49 on: October 13, 2021, 11:03:41 PM »
Summit Hydraulics offers a complete kit with instructions. Quite a bit cheaper than a dealer install. Looks like it uses the power beyond port. I think they have rear remote kits as well. 
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #50 on: October 14, 2021, 07:43:15 AM »
My New Holland dealership installed a WR Long Third Function kit on my new 100 hp tractor, with warranty.  That will tell you about the quality of the WR Long kit.  It is used for my grapple, and it works great.  Easy to install in any tractor, and they have a good website, and I've talked to them on the phone, they had very good technical assistance.

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« Reply #51 on: October 14, 2021, 08:15:07 AM »
Thanks for the info, I'll do some research what's available locally. smiley_thumbsup
To keep on thread having a grapple makes a huge improvement lifting and setting logs onto a mill, as well as picking up slabs or branches.
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

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« Reply #52 on: October 14, 2021, 08:27:05 AM »
I purchased the 3rd function kit from Kubota for my M7060. About $1,000. I did the installation myself - it was pretty straightforward. The hydraulic fittings, pipe, and new handle with switch were all OEM and make for a slick addition. I looked at aftermarket kits, but didn't consider them very seriously. I thought the installation might have been a bit more "clumsy".
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« Reply #53 on: October 14, 2021, 09:08:06 AM »
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« Reply #54 on: October 14, 2021, 12:29:16 PM »
I'm not yet doing the sawing you guys are doing but a year or two after we bought 6 acres of partially wooded land I rented a backhoe that was handy enough that I went and spent more on a used backhoe than a new Honda Civic. It's been hugely helpful, though maybe not a great tool for loading a mill. I got some clamp-on forks for it a few months ago and the first use was moving a pretty big log that was absolutely no problem. Setting it down precisely was a different story. 
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #55 on: October 14, 2021, 03:09:47 PM »
My lineup looks similar to Jakes (except my big loader is bigger than his... 8)).  If I could only have one machine, it would be my Cat 420Dit Backhoe.  It is strong (8000 lb capacity), and has a quick attach bucket / forks for alternating between handling logs, lumber, and removing sawdust.  Plus the backhoe function is very handy here on the farm.

The second most used piece of equipment for log handling is a skid steer with a grapple fork on the front.  I prefer it for long handling because the grapple works like a set of fingers for picking up and rolling logs, plus the operators seat is so close that it's easiest to work.  It's good for around 3,600 lbs.

The big loader is great for handling large stacks of lumber, and the oversized logs that we slab.  It can pick up a 20,000 lb log.

Although I started with a farm tractor (65hp Kioti), it is not as powerful as the backhoe or maneuverable as the skid steer.  It's better than nothing though, but the backhoe and skid steer are better choices.

I don't currently have a telehandler, but have used them before.  I still find the backhoe / skid steer to be more versatile around the mill.
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #56 on: October 14, 2021, 03:56:27 PM »
Scott I figured you would say the crane was the most convent log handling piece since you can load the mill from half way across the farm.   :D
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« Reply #57 on: October 14, 2021, 08:52:36 PM »
My New Holland dealership installed a WR Long Third Function kit on my new 100 hp tractor, with warranty.  That will tell you about the quality of the WR Long kit.  It is used for my grapple, and it works great.  Easy to install in any tractor, and they have a good website, and I've talked to them on the phone, they had very good technical assistance.
I had the Long kit on my last 2 tractors .
Worked great .
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« Reply #58 on: October 14, 2021, 10:09:27 PM »
I think every piece I buy is the best thing ever......till I use it for a while....I got this puppty in the spring and while it had alot of cobweb issues from sitting for 20 years, Im still in the honeymoon stage with it......

 
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Re: Single best purchase to aid your work?
« Reply #59 on: October 14, 2021, 11:10:27 PM »
I honestly don't know how I ever got along without my Lull. It gets used daily for multiple parts of our business. A farm tractor just can't compete with them when it comes to material handling.

I modified mine so it has a quick tack set up on the front, takes seconds to switch from bucket, to forks, to grapple. Also did some plumbing work so it runs low flow skid steer accessories as well, have a power broom it runs awesome with. 
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