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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:06 PM

Been removeing very larger storm damaged Cedar, and not only having fun, but am learning the brute force these LGT's have. I have to say the Hulk II (88 Craftsman II) is better at this, but only as I can hook the tow cable higher on the sleve hitch, and add extra "Human" weight for the enormus branches.

 

Ford LGT-145

 

Craftsman II

 

Doing Wheelies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Kdnk97CN0

 

Both are fun.

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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:29 PM

Too bad you aren't closer. I'd bring the FF down and we'd have lots of fun!


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:39 PM

Looked like you are enjoying the removal. :thumbs:


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:39 PM

That looks like a LOT of fun. The Hulk II can really haul!!! :thumbs: Thanks for the video's and pics.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 08:50 PM

Yes, it is fun, and both my Son and Daughter got caught up with it. I decided to start a seperate thread as there is some more "fun" to be had. I moved most of these bushes my self, Just cut the branches, back up, hook the chain, then wheee, lots of trips out back, and I have an impressive pile accumliating that will need burned over the summer.

I think this is the hardest I have work these, expecially Hulk II with both of us on him. we came out at a 45 deg angle with the sleve touching the ground, but once we broke free the frone end settled and mt Daughter videoed the rest.



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Posted March 09, 2013 - 10:37 PM

The wheelies without wheelie bars makes me cringe a bit.

If you pull from below the mid-point on the axle, you will be less likely to go over (not 100%).

 

If the rears aren't loaded, add some water (or washer antifreeze) to the rear tires and you will be amazed at the difference.

 

That was fun to watch.  I love moving stuff around with the little beasts.


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Nice videos Larry. Love to see GTs working. I was going to say the same thing moto, I watched a friend pull over backwards on a simplicity and nearly get crushed before he could clutch and let it down. He was pulling all kinds of different things and said this wasn't the first rime. After that we devised a pulley system that hooks mid tractor underneath and cables back to a strap of 4' back to a cable. He loves it. Works well and hasn't had the problem since. Like to see guys stay safe. JM2CW


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Posted March 09, 2013 - 11:09 PM

The sleve hitch works well for over rotation prevention, we really didn't let it get too out of hand. Most of the wheelies occure when yanking the branches free from the others. I loved the deeper sound of the Briggs twin when it was grunting under a full pull.


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 06:37 AM

Sure looks like fun. At least you get to have this positive experience from the storm damage. 


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Posted March 10, 2013 - 11:50 AM

At first I was hooking up to the ball hitch, which is low to the ground, I would get a lot of wheel spin, then it was suggested to hook up higher. I couldn't do that on BMP, there was nothing to hook to, so I broke out Hulk II, and attached to the top of the sleve hitch. Hulk is much lighter than BMP so I wasn't sure how well that would work. Wow did it make a difference. The tires hooked up alot better, and there was alot more snap crackle pop from the branches as I tugged them out. With just me on the tractor, the wheelies were less than 1" as you can see in the video. Then I hooked up to that large branch, and just dug holes. I was getting ready to unhook and get the pole saw out to make the branch more managable, then My Son came over and sat on the tractor and tried it. Same result, I put the saw down, and steped on the sleve hitch (we were in 2nd LO) and that machine stood up, sleve touched the ground, he fethered the clutch and there was a loud cracking sound and the branch broke free. That's when my Daughter got the camera. The ride out back was cool, the 18 B/S twin had a much deaper tone and as I stood on the hitch I could tell the front was light, but set well enough to steer, and the AGS were making a deep zipper pattern in the yard. If you listen close you can hear my Daughter say "we look like a couple kids" I can tell you, I was having a blast, and real impressed with Hulk that day. Too bad the weather today is chilly and windy. I could work on the remaining Cedar, but I think I will save it for a nicer day.  

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Posted March 15, 2013 - 08:26 PM

Well, I was finally able to knock the last large Cedar down. Need to pick up another saw chain so I can start making bond fire logs. Yes I need a chain saw, and while at it a FEL, Bob Cat, and one of those large brush trucks with a claw pick up. But I have to make due whith what I have. Grandson decided to make a cave in one of the Cedar's we are keeping.

 

 

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 07:16 AM

Yep! A chain saw would be good. Also remember that cedar will produce a very hot fire! So pick your burn spot accordingly! As far as the stumps, a backhoe/small dozer would be good.


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Posted March 16, 2013 - 07:37 AM

Looks like your giving the tractors a full test of strength!  Had fun watching the videos ,not as much as all for you lol , thanks for posting them , 



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 07:40 AM

Nice videos, looks like a good time was had by all.  Reminds me of a time when we pulled a boat lift out with two Ford LGT's. Thanks for posting.



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 10:18 AM

Thanks for those great videos and photographs Larry.  Nice looking place.  






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