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Author Topic: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple  (Read 3950 times)

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Offline g_man

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Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« on: January 19, 2015, 06:17:45 PM »
You small tractor guys might get a kick out of this.

After yesterday's rain rather than trash my packed trails I stayed in the shop and played. The seldom used tongs caught my eye.

I made a toggle latch

 

 

Latched open 24"

 

 

Lift the latch and it releases

 

 

Added a frame to the cross draw bar

 

 

Put it on the tractor. I have a pulley up on the rops. Pull the rope from the seat and the tongs latch open

 

 

Latched open on the landing. Ready to test it out.

 

 

Here is a video so you can see how it works. Photography is not great. I just set my camera on a bucket. Pretty fun day.




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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 06:56:56 PM »
That looks pretty handy. Saves a lot of "off/on" the tractor when using the tongs.
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2015, 07:04:34 PM »
That's pretty slick g_man!
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015, 07:08:38 PM »
G man you are the man!

Very creative and cool!

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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2015, 07:42:35 PM »
Looks good!
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2015, 08:43:24 PM »
Nice!  :)

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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2015, 08:48:45 PM »
 That is kool  8) . I'm going to try that on the home tractor, off the bucket.
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2015, 09:19:12 PM »
Good idea.
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2015, 11:32:30 PM »
Well done, smiley_clapping
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 05:15:39 AM »
That's very slick!
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 07:45:26 AM »
Wow!  Way to go g man. 
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 10:49:07 AM »
 8)
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2015, 10:53:28 AM »
That, is an awesome invention!  smiley_clapping

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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2015, 04:23:14 PM »
That's awesome what a great idea I may try it on my little bota 8)

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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2015, 04:49:18 PM »
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2015, 06:42:11 PM »
Very nice!
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2015, 06:59:42 PM »
Very nice😜 I'll be stealing this

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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2015, 07:20:08 PM »
Thanks for all the nice comments. I am glad you all like it.

I was pretty surprised how well it worked. Much better than a lot of things I have tried  :D

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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2015, 08:21:55 PM »
Pretty slick, g_man!  Amazing how the creative juices flow in some folks when it's -20F outside ;D.  All the best, Rob.
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Re: Turned my Skidding Tongs into a Poor Man's Grapple
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2015, 11:05:44 PM »
Design award for 2015. I'd vote for that..  :)
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