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 03-17-2004, 08:55 Post: 80137
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I started thinning a few acres of spruce plantation at the farm around Christmas time. I was able to cut out about 15 cord of spruce pulpwood (see pic # 5&6). I cut mostly the smaller spindly stuff. The wood has been sold and I cleared $1000 after paying the trucker. This morning I handed the check to my wife and told her to put it toward the mortgage balance. She looked at me and said, "Why don't you buy yourself something nice with the money. You worked so hard for it."

She was such a sweetheart. I didn't have the heart to tell her that it was like getting paid for having fun.
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 03-17-2004, 10:00 Post: 80147
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You've got a good one...don't let her go! My wife would have said "mortgage, hell, i'm going shopping!"






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Mag, I like the looks of that grapple you've got. What's the story on that? I do a lot of wood work for a guy with only 13 acres...






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 03-17-2004, 16:57 Post: 80196
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Wiggly, I built it this winter to pile the logs. I have to admit, it works pretty well. There has been some interest from other members in it too. It took one evening to draw up and cut out and a long evening to weld up. I think I have less than $100 into the whole thing. I did buy a quick attach plate for $125 to bolt the moveable arms to but I can use that for other projects as well. The lower arms are pinned solidly to the holes where the loader support legs are usually pinned (I removed the support legs).

I have a full size layout of the pieces that I can take a digital picture of and post it if you're interested. Or is there a way to email an attachment?

It would probably be just as easy to do what I did which is to make a cardboard model of an upper and lower arm. That way you can tape it to the loader and get the geometry right by opening and closing the arms. Then I transferred the cardboard to a full size drawing on poster board. That way you can set the pieces on the drawing and mark almost everything without having to measure.

Sorry if this is more information than you were looking for but once I get started, it's hard to stop. Smile
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Thanks for the info, Mag!

My 4110 came late enough in the fall that it was time to put the blower on and tackle snow, so astoundingly it hasn't even been into the woods yet! I need some time with it this year discovering what I can already do. Wood is the primary justification for the tractor, I spend about 100 hours per year on my wood.

I'm not into metal work or welding, and have too many things on my plate already to start down that path. If I need something in this direction, I'll need to buy readymade or get someone to make it for me.






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Short Mag,

The grapple you built looks great! Did you ever get a chance to take any pictures of the design? I've been using my clamp on bucket forks to move logs around but it can be really tricky getting them up on there. How are the lower arms attached? I'm wondering if I could do something similar with my JD.

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The lower arms are attached to the mount points for the loader stands (they hold the FEL upright when you remove it). They come off with the removal of a pin. I then slotted the lower grapple arms to accept the two ears from the stand mount (on the FEL). A 3/4" bolt and nut attaches the front of the lower grapple mount to the FEL arm. To keep the lower grapple arm from rocking I used another 3/4" bolt and welded a nut on the inside of the arm (3" x 5" rectangular tubing). This then pushes against the FEL arm and keeps it tight. I didn't want to drill any holes in the FEL or weld directly on it and this design did the trick.

I've drawn a powerpoint drawing from memory in pic #8 which may better explain this. I notice the bolts are labelled 3/4 FEET but this typo should be obvious.

There is a maximum height you will be able to pile logs with this and for me it was about 5 feet. I could get the logs higher but the distance in front of the tractor is limited. Five feet was just fine for me. Also, make sure that at the highest anticipated lift point that the angle of the lower arm is such that the log will still roll off. This is necessary because you are using the bucket roll hydraulics to control the upper arms and pinch the logs. The cardboard model was very helpful for this.

This was a Kubota but I would expect your JD has a similar FEL mount available.






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By the way, my spruce patch is still so thick I'm going to get another truckload out of it this winter. For some reason I can't wait. It's strange how some things excite me. I guess it's just in my "jackpine savage" blood.
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 09-03-2004, 13:27 Post: 95493
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Whatcha gonna buy with the money from this batch of pulp wood?






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Where did you get the tube steel? I'm not even sure where to look around here...






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