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#1 Tinkerer OFFLINE  

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Posted March 04, 2011 - 01:19 PM

Has anyone ever made a logging arch for the back of their garden tractor? I need to drag some firewood out of the woods this spring and I know that it pulls a lot easier when the butt end of the log is off the ground a few inches. I have an idea how to make one for my Bolens 1600H and even have an idea how to use the newly installed hydraulic lift to lift the logs off the ground. Just looking for ideas as I know most of us GT collectors are also fabricators. Thanks for any input.

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Posted March 04, 2011 - 02:31 PM

You may want to check out this site, they show one for ATV's. Linking mainly for informational purposes, as you said... many are fabricators here.

Small-scale equipment for low-impact logging

Also found this where they talk about making their own.
http://www.woodweb.c...gging_arch.html
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Posted March 04, 2011 - 03:28 PM

I've been wanting to build one for some time, & am finally about to get to it. Mine will be used primarily on a hillside, & pulled by hand, & with my Allis B110. I'm planning on being similar to the Logrite shown here:
LogRite<SUP>®</SUP> Tools logging tools
And video here:
YouTube - LogRite Junior log Arch Demo

I plan on using std 13" to 14" car rims mounted to std rear wheel hubs. There are tons of wheel hubs available, & seem like a better option than useing trailer spindles. Even a 4 bolt car wheel will do 1,000 lbs ea, & are made to last for 200,000 miles +. I'm thinking a #1,000 log is more than I plan on pulling up a hill with my 10hp tractor. I think I'm going to go with some Escort spindles that go on ebay for $16 ea, & make a trip to a junkyard for the wheels. If I remember right, you can pick up tire/rim wheels for about $20 ea.

For the arch frame, I'm going with a combination of a 4"x4" tube (basketball post) for the main arch frame, plus 2 heavy wall tubing about 4' long welded to each side of the arch near the wheels. A lighter conduit 1 1/4" x 9' in a rounded v shape for the handle portion will slide into the heavy tubes, & be bolted. When done, it'll break down to a very small shape that'll store easilly in my garage. I plan on keeping the front of the V spread about a foot, with the tongue welded to front.
If I don't get started soon, I'm probably going to have to forget about it. Right now, it seems to be an obsession, & is eating up way too much of my energy!
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Posted March 04, 2011 - 04:53 PM

Those things are Great!!!!!!!!!! thanks for these post guys. My Partner and I were just talking last week about "How To get All that Wood Out of the Woods" I Maintain 14 Properties, get all my wood for free and heat my house 100% with wood. It kills me to see wood in places i can't get it out of. These are really a super idea, I am definitely going to make one, I have 3 pairs of Giant Tongs allready, the rest is easy to fabricate. . I think to build your own, the Bigger Tires with Higher Clearance is the way to go.

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Posted March 04, 2011 - 07:42 PM

We used to just use a steel bar on the 3 pt. Just a steel bar with connection pts welded on to connect it to the hitch. Tie a chain around the logs, then to the bar. Make it short enough that when you lift the hitch it lifts the logs.

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Posted March 04, 2011 - 08:20 PM

We used to just use a steel bar on the 3 pt. Just a steel bar with connection pts welded on to connect it to the hitch. Tie a chain around the logs, then to the bar. Make it short enough that when you lift the hitch it lifts the logs.


My Grandfather and I used to do it that way with his Sears SS12 GT with the electric 3 point hitch. He would drag the logs out where it was easier to cut them up to firewood length. I don't have a 3 point hitch for my Bolens 1600H and needed some ideas that may work with the Bolens.

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Posted March 04, 2011 - 08:23 PM

Thanks everyone for your input so far. The web links are giving me some more ideas of what might work better than what I was thinking.

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Posted March 11, 2011 - 10:44 PM

Well, I just scored a pair of 1 1/4" axles & hubs for $20 + shipping on ebay!
2) surplus 5 lug Trailer spindles with 1.25 axle. - eBay (item 170614434261 end time Apr-10-11 06:15:23 PDT)

These apear to be excellent hubs (military surpluss), rated at #1250 ea, which is probably a conservative rating. I'm thinking a comparable new set with axles would be at least $100. I was looking at these earlier, & he sold out of 10 or more sets. He just relisted with another batch, & at present has 9 more pair. If your in the market for some hubs, check them out.
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Posted March 12, 2011 - 08:08 AM

I made mine mostly from scrap I had laying around; a pair of old lawn tractor wheels (tires had been "mis-sent" from ebay, 0$), used boat winch, the rest from the scrap iron pile. I only use the winch to lift the log into place, then chain it for towing. The "back trailer" helps with long poles, just be aware of braking if you're on hills. ~~ grnspot

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Posted March 12, 2011 - 08:55 AM

Looks good grnspot.:thumbs:

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Posted March 12, 2011 - 09:41 AM

Thats really a nice looking rig.grnspot110.If I was still burning wood for heating you can be sure that I'd have copied your design.Larry




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