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Wood-Mizer manual log loader
« on: March 28, 2006, 09:12:16 AM »
How many of you use the manual log loader on your saws?  How well does it work?  Any tips?  I normally use a skidsteer to load logs onto a bunk and then roll them on to the saw. I have a log to saw that is 34" DIAM AND 9' long, and my skidsteer won't lift it.  I was hoping to use the loader.  Any thoughts???
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Re: Wood-Mizer manual log loader
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006, 09:28:47 AM »
I built a manual log turner using a boat winch (1500# two speed with strap).  I made a frame and mounted it to the saw.  Works good.  Takes the work out of turning a log plus you have control for squaring up the log on the second slab cut.
Whoops,  I should have read the post better.  you said log loader.  Sorry.
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Re: Wood-Mizer manual log loader
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2006, 10:30:51 AM »
I have the hydraulic loader and the manual loader on the mill. Using the manual loader is time consuming but its worked
fine the times I've used it. Replacing the hand crank with a 12VDC winch would speed things up.  I use it mostly to pull logs to the mill at this time -- or to pull logs off a stack that can't be rolled off with a cant hook/peavy. 
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Re: Wood-Mizer manual log loader
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2006, 11:02:14 AM »
We had a manual WM LT40 for 7 years.  When we sawed mobile and had a large log to load wed just roll it up the rams using a chain looped under it and pulled by something like a PU from the other side.  Youve got two engineering principles working for you inclined plane and a gear reduction of 2/1.

I wish I had a picture to show you but its the same method used to load logs onto a wagon or truck before loaders were invented.
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Re: Wood-Mizer manual log loader
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2006, 01:29:17 PM »
Thanks Bibbyman. I use that method(I think it's called parbuckling) all the time to load logs on my trailer.  What I haven't figured out on the mill is, how to attach the cable so I have the correct pull angles.
On my trailer, I have 2 side ramps. I loop a chain from the top of each ramp down to the ground. I then roll the log onto the loop. I then take my winch line over the log and attach it to the chain. It works great.  On the mill however, I don't see a way to run the cable up high enogh to accomplish this. 
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Re: Wood-Mizer manual log loader
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2006, 01:52:00 PM »
stumpy,

Could make some ramps that could attach to the bunks and roll the log up the ramps using the forks on the skidsteer?  Problem would be holding the log when you need to get another bite on the log. Doesn't Woodmizer ramps for manual mills have some type of stop tha keeps it from rolling back?

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