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Old 12-20-2006, 12:46 AM   post #1 of 19
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Homemade ATV/GT log skidder. The friction from the log being pulled forward lifts the front of the log up via the rail, choke chain and hook. I didnt get many pictures because after I welded it up, my dad took it home with him to Iowa . Everything is 3/16 angle, plate and sq tube. The rail is an old t-post.



The 6X8 in the picture didnt have enough weight/friction to pull itself all the way up. I had to stand on the back to get it to work. Real logs should work fine.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:28 AM   post #2 of 19
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Nice work! You know I have tryed welding Tposts before. I have never had any luck. From the looks at it you are a MUCH better weldor then I am, but seems they use real dirty steel or something.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:54 AM   post #3 of 19
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I hope the ball hitch stays hooked...
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:59 AM   post #4 of 19
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Paul, I have found the same thing with them. Kinda like rebar . I think they may be made of recycled Soviet tanks or something. This one seemed higher quality and is unlike most I have. It was here when I bought the place. It has holes in it instead of the usual nubs. Also, it was made more like an I-beam. I did clean it up pretty well with the grinder before I welded it. I fixed one a long time ago and as I remeber it seemed to spatter real bad.
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:49 AM   post #5 of 19
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That is a neat devise! Great job too.

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Old 12-20-2006, 10:08 AM   post #6 of 19
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When pulling a log I'm assuming your hooking it to the rail made from T post and not the top bar running above the wheels?Great pic and project!Rather timely to as I've found 2 real nice firewood trees in a really diffucult area to get to!
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:39 PM   post #7 of 19
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Thanks guys,

You have it right Pigsitter. There is a roller on a hook that rides up the t-post when you drive forward. I hope the ball stays on too Kevin, He wont be skidding real big logs anyway. He has an old MM Jetstar 3 with a catagory 2 3pt hitch for the big stuff.
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:50 PM   post #8 of 19
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Seen one of a similar design in Farm Show... and I started gathering steel and odds n ends to begin construction. Yours seems to be a bit more stout than the one I seen.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:09 PM   post #9 of 19
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Make sure you post a picture when you get it done!
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:14 PM   post #10 of 19
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That cool project. I think I should show to my uncles and teacher about this one
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Nice work Kurt. Be sure to let us know when you hear from your dad how it worked out for him.
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:15 PM   post #12 of 19
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I'll do that! btw Mark, I see you have JD B. Dad has one too, a '51 I think along with that MM Jetstar 3.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:29 PM   post #13 of 19
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sweet i like it
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the t rail idea is pretty slick. Usual when you hook up a small log arch, you unhook it from the tractor and lift the tounge, Hook your chains then when you pull the tounge back down it it lifts the log off the ground.

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Old 03-10-2007, 11:10 AM   post #15 of 19
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Robert,

Thanks for the links. Those are really interesting. I had no idea that this many variations existed. My dad will really enjoy looking at them.

He called me the other day and said he was thinking about putint a 3pt hitch on the back. Put some lift arms in the arch and a place to attach a top link. Removable of course... More welding for me when he comes out to visit .
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