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Can a 20hp x330 handle pulling a branchless tree trunk 20'?


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#1 Hernan OFFLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2016 - 05:04 PM

Hello all. I have a 1.5 acre property but am building a 12x10 tree fort and am using heavy thorny locusts I've cut down for posts. Need a garden tractor that can pull these trunks (without branches) 40' + and I don't want to ruin the x330 doing this.

Just moved out here from city living and don't know jack other than the extensive research I've been doing on brands and so on.

Any help here would be very much appreciated. Really exited about owning a garden tractor but want more out of it than just mowing for 3k.
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Posted May 03, 2016 - 06:09 PM

No way in heck. That transaxle is for mowing ONLY! Not saying it won't do it once, but it would be the last thing it did. I wouldn't even do that with an x5xx series. Find a cheap Bolens large frame, that won't have a problem.

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Posted May 03, 2016 - 06:26 PM

No way in heck. That transaxle is for mowing ONLY! Not saying it won't do it once, but it would be the last thing it did. I wouldn't even do that with an x5xx series. Find a cheap Bolens large frame, that won't have a problem.

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Agreed, except.....well the Bolens large frame . You might be lucky to find one, and even luckier to find one "cheap ". 

 

To the OP, best bet is to find a cast iron rear end ANYTHING. My vote is for anything old, period. Those units were way over built, and the only reasons they failed were, poor maintenance, or they didn't fail, and the owner had another reason to sell, or simply worn out. Cheers!


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Posted May 03, 2016 - 06:28 PM

No way in heck. That transaxle is for mowing ONLY! Not saying it won't do it once, but it would be the last thing it did. I wouldn't even do that with an x5xx series. Find a cheap Bolens large frame, that won't have a problem.

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Agreed, except.....well the Bolens large frame . You might be lucky to find one, and even luckier to find one "cheap ".

To the OP, best bet is to find a cast iron rear end ANYTHING. My vote is for anything old, period. Those units were way over built, and the only reason they failed were, poor maintenance, or they didn't fail, and the owner had another reason. Cheers!

Exactly! I payed $325.00 for my 1250 and used it to pull a 1986 3/4 Chebby up my neighbor's driveway. No problem....no pressure release=Monster!

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Posted May 03, 2016 - 06:30 PM

I have worked with Black locust, it is a very dense heavy hardwood. Makes great posts that will not rot.

That's the good part! 

Now for the negatives (1)any scratches or cuts are very likely to become infected.(2) the thorns are hard as nails and will penetrate anything,(3) you better have your tires loaded with Green Slime and still expect to still have a lot of flat tires.(4) the stuff is like iron so it will eat up a lot of chains on the saw.



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Posted May 03, 2016 - 07:17 PM

I think it would be far better served to buy your self a running small farm tractor used
After your project you will be able to sell it again, assumedly for near what you paid for it

Flat tires and other damages not withstanding

You might want to invest in a couple of these
http://www.harborfre...-kit-45183.html



And depending on condition, this may be a workable unit?
At that price, I'd look it over close.
https://allentown.cr...5520340216.html
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Posted May 03, 2016 - 09:02 PM

20" x 40' - That thing is probably going to be in 8000 LBS+++ range.  Will need a lot more than a Garden Tractor to move that.



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Posted May 04, 2016 - 07:38 AM

:welcometogttalk: That's a lot of log to move



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Posted May 04, 2016 - 09:46 AM

If it were dried it would weigh around 2000 lbs, so green, 8000 lbs is realistic. You need a skid loader to move those!



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Posted May 04, 2016 - 03:51 PM

Thanks, fellas. I really appreciate it.

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Posted May 04, 2016 - 03:53 PM

Hello all. I have a 1.5 acre property but am building a 12x10 tree fort and am using heavy thorny locusts I've cut down for posts. Need a garden tractor that can pull these trunks (without branches) 40' + and I don't want to ruin the x330 doing this.
Just moved out here from city living and don't know jack other than the extensive research I've been doing on brands and so on.
Any help here would be very much appreciated. Really exited about owning a garden tractor but want more out of it than just mowing for 3k.


Any particular a opens model I should keep an eye out for?

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Posted May 04, 2016 - 04:29 PM

If you cut the tree in half, a Bolens large frame, White 1855 or Deere 4xx series should do it...and anything else you need done too.

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Posted May 04, 2016 - 07:12 PM

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My garden tractor would be pretty close! It's all about how you rig up. A couple dollies would help out with the weight and would also make moving them easier as you wouldn't be dragging them but rolling them on the dolly.
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