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crane mats
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:54:51 PM »
Does anyone know what size mats will support a c5 Treefarmer forwarder with two cord of oak crossing a creek ? I'm thinking of trying to make some it would be nice if the c5 could haul them and set them too. Any opinions will be appreciated thank you.

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Re: crane mats
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 08:57:43 PM »
i use 5x24 and 4x30 made from 8x10 oak. they have held any thing i have including a clark 666. you may get away a bit lighter.....maybe 6x8. be sure to use oak unless you only need them for a short time.

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Re: crane mats
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2014, 09:26:12 PM »
Do you support those in the middle or just span bank to bank?

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2014, 09:33:43 PM »
bank to bank but i like at least 20% or so on the bank. with the 540 i think 10% be fine.

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Re: crane mats
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 09:56:37 PM »
Very helpful definitely using oak. I've seen 16 footers set double long supported in the middle with an other stack of  mats. Not sure if that's safe for a forwarder. 24 to 30 footers will be tough to handle. But it is better to be too long than too short .

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Re: crane mats
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014, 12:07:51 AM »
I don't k ow what your c5's crane lift capacity is, but mats are really heavy. The Ponsse Buffalo I used to run struggled to load them, now I have a Buffalo King with a higher lift capacity crane. I can set mats off the end of the machine with this one. With the Buffalo, you could only reach far enough to clear the bunks and set them off.
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 12:09:00 AM »
Very helpful definitely using oak. I've seen 16 footers set double long supported in the middle with an other stack of  mats. Not sure if that's safe for a forwarder. 24 to 30 footers will be tough to handle. But it is better to be too long than too short .
i can grapple a 4x30 with the 540 and back it over........she front light though lol. no that way don't sound to sporty.

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Re: crane mats
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 05:35:59 AM »
We used 2 50" x 24' matts made from 10x10 poplar and crossed it with 640 d with 8 hardwood on behind
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2014, 02:42:54 PM »
I bought some mats 4ft wide 8" thick and 18 foot long.  I usually put a few small logs under them and throw them on top.  They support my Rottne SMV and it hauls around 15 ton.   

 
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