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#1 Greasy6020 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 10, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Has anyone ever tried logging on a gt?

I kinda want to do some, to open up a path my dad made in the bush many years ago. It's just 8" and under poplar junk, good for camp fire and that's about it.

anyone think it would be worth it trying to cut some poplar and sell it to the campers? I think there could be a market...
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 10:14 AM

I had a very large apple tree in my yard I cut it down. I cut the top branches off, and tried to drag them with my sears suburban. About 5 minutes later I got out the international 340.
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 10:21 AM

The problem was I couldn't get enough traction I had just taken my weights and chains off the week before , had I left them on it would have drug them fine.
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 10:22 AM

I had a very large apple tree in my yard I cut it down. I cut the top branches off, and tried to drag them with my sears suburban. About 5 minutes later I got out the international 340.


Ok, all the apple trees I've seen have never had any amount of straight branches... These poplars are all straight
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 10:38 AM

I would say you will be on the light side for traction. But until YOU try it, you won't know for sure. Cut one and see how it does.
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Making  the right attachment to help the dragging will make a big difference. I would take an old back axle from a minvan. They are usually rotted in the center so cut it out and weld it back together with about 18" between the offsets. The axle offsets a little from the line of the wheel axles. Put the offset up so that you can roll the axle(with wheels and tires) over the log to its balance point. Go a few feet past and chain the log to the axle. I would weld a small beam above the axle and use a comealong  to lift the log to the axle. Chain it in place to the axle and chain a trailer hitch onto the front of the log. Hook onto the tractor's hitch and away you go. Dragging the log on the ground could really damage your transaxle if it caught. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 10, 2016 - 11:10 AM

No reason why it won't work in my mind. The nice thing about trees, if they're too heavy/long/crooked/awkward, you can cut them to size and still haul them out. As for selling them to campers for firewood, they won't burn worth a darn when green. Split and dry stack 'till next year or the year after.
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 11:13 AM

No reason why it won't work in my mind. The nice thing about trees, if they're too heavy/long/crooked/awkward, you can cut them to size and still haul them out. As for selling them to campers for firewood, they won't burn worth a darn when green. Split and dry stack 'till next year or the year after.


Ya that's the idea...

Funny update, step brother (dunno what else to call him) is coming out today, for some of these poplars I was talking about for wedding decorations... Only tractor in any drivable condition is the john deere 300, so I'm gonna try with it today...
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 11:21 AM

I cleared out some large trees years ago using my Mf12 with chains & weights in the front. Like boyscout862 mentioned using the right implement. I made a cradle that had two wheels that held up the front of the log with a ball hitch. The rear just dragged on the ground. I liked the ball hitch because of the rough terrain, it allowed the tractor to tilt opposite the log & cradle.

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Posted August 10, 2016 - 11:23 AM

I've drug 20' and slightly longer, trees with an MF1855, it had 3 pt hitch', but also did it with a Craftsman GT5000with a Johnny bucket on the front and a sleeve hitch. I moved around 50 trees with them.


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Posted August 10, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Get on YouTube like I do when I want to learn how to do something.  Many great ideas there.


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Posted August 10, 2016 - 04:47 PM

Like OldDeeres said, just cut them to a size your GT can manage. If it won't pull a 30 foot long tree, cut the tree in half or thirds  If you heat with wood, poplar is OK in the early spring or late fall when you are only trying to take the morning chill out of the house.

 

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Posted August 10, 2016 - 05:03 PM

As many money making ideas that you come up with you should just stop messing with tractors and start a self help book. Long time ago my dad told me that if I followed through on my ideas I would never want for anything, if you took that advise you would be rich! Or possible really poor I guess it all depends on the quality of the idea. Good luck!
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Posted August 10, 2016 - 05:59 PM

As many money making ideas that you come up with you should just stop messing with tractors and start a self help book. Long time ago my dad told me that if I followed through on my ideas I would never want for anything, if you took that advise you would be rich! Or possible really poor I guess it all depends on the quality of the idea. Good luck!


Thanks for the idea, it's actually a great one!

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Posted August 10, 2016 - 06:19 PM

Any thing to do, is fun on a garden tractor or any tractor. Put them to use and see what they will do ! But be safe about it. !! Had a broken branch last week I was going to cut up. MF 12 would not pull it out, so got the ferguson tractor out, even it took three tries. But got the wood.
Poplar wood, not much good for any thing. Kindling , maybe??

Noel
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