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Handling logs.
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:34:55 PM »
I have been sitting around thinking . Now that I have got a sawmill , which is still not set up yet  :(! Dang shoulder  :'(!!! I am going to need something to handle the logs around the mill. I have been thinking about a knuckle crane maybe ? Truck mounted or traier mounted ? I was thinking I could use this to off load logs and swing around and also feed the mill. I just dont know !!!   What do yall use to handle logs ?? I am open for ideas !  Pictures of some equipment that yall use would be nice.

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Re: Handling logs.
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 05:49:15 PM »
 I use a 555C Backhoe with a 4 in 1 bucket. I also made a set of forks that I can attach just by driving up and hooking them on the bucket.

Magicman will probably post a pic of his backhoe. Mine is similar to his.

Here is a pic of my backhoe without the forks. Of course I did not need the forks to take these logs off, just a strap.....Gonna get me some tongs one day!  :)

 

 


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Re: Handling logs.
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 06:04:54 PM »
There is a loader for sale below:  LINK
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Re: Handling logs.
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 06:49:03 PM »
If you can, look in my gallery. A ton of pics with various methods.


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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 09:06:51 AM »
Buddy,

I'm in the same place as you. My mill is coming along so I'm starting to really think about log handling. Like David (PostonLT40HD) I have a backhoe that will handle logs on the ground. My issue is unloading semi sized log trailers. David, and others, have suggested that I build a pit or retaining wall to pull the trailers beside for unloading. The wall idea would work better in my situation. I've been looking at concrete 'bin blocks' for this purpose. They're 2' x 2' x 6' and weigh around 3000lbs. I could stack these two high then backfill with dirt/gravel for a four foot wall that a truck could pull right up next to for unloading. So far, I've been quoted a price of $60 each for the blocks.

If you're looking for a way to unload tractor trailers, this option may work. Good luck!

Oh, as stated many times on the forum before; the more you delve into milling lumber, the deeper you'll find yourself into log handling equipment :)

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 09:16:18 AM »
My old Oliver and "end tongs" does it one log at the time.  It works well to unload trailers with sides.
 

 
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