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General Forestry => Sawmills and Milling => Topic started by: gholbrook on March 24, 2014, 09:42:59 PM

Title: Homemade adjustable outriggers and portable crane
Post by: gholbrook on March 24, 2014, 09:42:59 PM
Thanks GA Mtn man for pics you posted of your outriggers. It sure inspired me to make some for my mill. Their going to be real nice when I go saw.  Also been working on mounting crane on the neck of my gooseneck trailer. I just need to get it wired up now and I'll be ready to go get some logs. It's sure going to save some time.
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Title: Re: Homemade adjustable outriggers and portable crane
Post by: YellowHammer on March 24, 2014, 10:14:00 PM
Great job, cool rig. 8)
A trick to using the extendable boom service cranes for fetching logs is to rely less on the winch to dead pull and drag logs (because it is a worm gear and relatively slow) and rely more on the cranes ability to "fish" logs quickly using it as a fishing rod and "pump" the logs to the trailer using the boom hydraulic raise and lower function, using chain hooks to shorten the distance to the logs, and using the single to double cable to change length very quickly.
This technique will retrieve and load logs much faster than simply dragging them with the winch.
Anyway, whatever you do, you've got a great rig to get logs. 8)
YH
Title: Re: Homemade adjustable outriggers and portable crane
Post by: ArnoldFarms on March 24, 2014, 11:28:13 PM
I thought those mills came with outriggers??  Ours did.  Love the crane idea!
Title: Re: Homemade adjustable outriggers and portable crane
Post by: Magicman on March 25, 2014, 09:27:17 AM
It came with outriggers.  The OP converted the stock outriggers to "fine adjust".   8)