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 12-09-2003, 08:45 Post: 70630
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I remember seeing somewhere on one of the tractor boards, may have been the "OTHER" tractor board a picture of a log skidding set up where it looks like someone took a John Deere I-Match frame and fixed a set of log skidding tongs to it. I think that would work much better as it would allow you to at least pick up one end of the log and drag it rather than skidding the entire log on the ground. Does anyone else remember seeing something like this and if so, can you post a link to it? I am trying to get a ballpark estimate on price to make one. Thanks!






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 12-09-2003, 08:58 Post: 70633
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Chief, have a look at my picture # 9.

I think that's what you were talking about.

Building these is not that tough, let me know I can give you the designs.

Best of luck.






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 12-09-2003, 09:09 Post: 70635
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Thanks Murf! I was looking at those yesterday and they look like a sweet piece of equipment. Only problem is they cost huge amounts of wampum. What do you think of the mechanical log tong mounted to an I-Match?






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 12-09-2003, 09:26 Post: 70638
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I designed a smaller less expensive (or complicated) version that merely goes on the sub-frame for a rear blade a few years ago.

It is a hydraulic powered log tong that has a shank the same diameter as that on your rear blade. you undo the big nut that holds the blade in place and forms the swivel, the tong has a shank that bolts in the same place. That way you're not paying for a second sub-frame, you utilize the one you already have.

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 12-09-2003, 19:11 Post: 70679
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I don't recall that one myself. I do recall somebody describing kind of a sleeve that fit over log ends and acted as a skid to keep the butt ends from digging in. Ability to lift the end a bit also cures the problem.






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 12-09-2003, 20:32 Post: 70685
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Murf, those tongs sound like a great piece of equipment. I don't suppose you would even have to get off the tractor to hook up. Also giving the butt end a little lift gives you a huge amount of traction. Do you have an estimate of cost for steel and hydraulics for someone who has a backblade?
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 12-10-2003, 04:18 Post: 70703
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I use a 3ph boom and keep the chain and tongs in tight on the boom.

I do not hear to much about the 3ph booms here. But it is one of the most handy pieces of equipment I have for small tractor. I do use my bucket a lot now but the boom still has its advantages.






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 12-10-2003, 06:05 Post: 70708
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I think Northern Tool has or had them. I asked a dealer about them once who said that there aren't many suppliers or call for them. Most everybody who wants one just makes it. The one I remember seeing at Northern Tool didn't look heavy enough for log skidding. I'm not sure if 'gin-pole' is another name for them.

There also are booms that mount on a loader bucket but they won't lift much or very high since they place a lot of leverage on the loader and the choice is between 'light' or a short boom. When I was looking for such things I wanted to take a large satellite dish off its pole. I was thinking to pull it from the top but I discovered that my forklift went high enough to lift it off from the bottom. I got that job done but a 3ph boom still sounds like it'd be useful.






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 12-10-2003, 08:32 Post: 70718
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The big advantage of a hyd. powered log grapple is exactly that, you never have to leave the seat.

You just back up, lower the grapple over the log, grip it tight, lift and drive away.

If you already have a rear blade, the most expensive part is a variable, can you do the fabricating yourself or do you have to pay someone. If your CUT already has a remote outlet the only hydraulics are a tie-rod cylinder and some hoses, under $100 for both. Generally you should be able to make one from scrounged pieces of steel, several people have made the entire unit from odds & ends for under $100 in TOTAL.

The grapple is not complicated and can be made with nothing more than a cutting torch, grinder, drill & stick welder. It is made up of several pieces of 1/2" plate with spacers between, this makes them stronger since the seperation forms gussets. I have also seen them made from several pieces of 1" square bar and I saw another made from two thick plates with inter-meshing teeth that opened & closed the jaws by a gear to gear type action.

As Harvey mentioned, manual tongs will work but you have to be VERY careful to keep the chains short or the log will pass the boom and rear-end you.

With a mechanical grapple the log is held firmly and cannot do this. Also, with short pieces they can be picked up and carried comnpletely off the ground, or loaded straight onto a splitter, truck or trailer.

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 12-10-2003, 08:43 Post: 70719
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A word to the wise: I have a boom pole from Northern Tool made by Howse. It is bent like a pretzel and slowly rusting away.

It was a cheap piece of doo-doo before I bent it. Look at another brand.






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