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 12-08-2003, 09:27 Post: 70529
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Not sure if these count as tractor impliments but I could not figure where else to post this. Anyhow, for those of you who plan on or are skidding logs and using a chain; you may want to try one of these. They work great and are much cheaper than a chain.






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 12-08-2003, 09:44 Post: 70531
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Have you used one of these before? I was wondering how strong they were and if they could be used to pull out smaller trees as well as bushes or hedges. It does look very handy and at a real nice price. Thanks for the link.






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 12-08-2003, 10:15 Post: 70539
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There can be big problems with skidding logs with a CUT.

Unless the skidding is done when the ground is frozen and there is a little snow on the ground the log ends up covered in dirt, this is REALLY hard on saw blades. It also means the CUT has to work a lot harder than necessary unless there is some snow to act as a 'lubricant' to make the log slide easier.

On the other hand snow usually makes for bad traction conditions for the CUT, add to this the fact that you are trying to drag rather than carry the load (carrying it gives you the beneift of extra weight, which equates to extra traction).

Skidding is best Left to the BIG machines.

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kubotaguy, These cables are pretty strong. I have used them to skid large oak tree weighing several tons but not with my tractor. Laughing out loud! We were using a dozer to pull them. I doubt you could break them with a CUT.






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 12-08-2003, 10:35 Post: 70542
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Murf,

Any way you cut it, the log is going to get some dirt on it when you skid it. Not many if ANY CUT FEL's capable to picking up most green logs and the width and balance issues makes it impractical if not dangerous to do so. If you want to spend the money for an I-match type hitch and mount log skidding tongs on it, that minimizes the amount of dirt and dragging. As long as some common sense is applied and the log is cut to a reasonable size for the CUT to skid, I don't see this as placing an undue strain on the tractor as I am sure pulling a plow places FAR more strain on it.

My reason for skidding the log is to pull it out far enough into an area where it is safer and free of obstacles to cut up and carry away in the FEL. I have a small machine so that is what I am using. A 648-GIII log skidder would be outrageously expensive to rent or buy and impractical. A CUT can do this work just fine; just have to take smaller bites.






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I wasn't planning on using the setup to put any logging companies out of business, just an inexpensive way to move some trees in the yard. I still have some down from Isabel. A chain takes long to hook up and then slips and is pretty heavy to deal with. I think that setup is just what I am looking for.






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kubotaguy, Laughing out loud!!!! I don't I will make much of a dent in putting any logging companies out of business either. They are handy and when you are done with them; you coil them up like a rope and hang them out of the way.






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 12-08-2003, 10:50 Post: 70546
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My point was not that you can't do it Chief, it was that there are probably a few BETTER ways to do it, thats all.

Yes plows are 'labour intensive' to a CUT, most of them also have 'break-away' or 'trip' features that give away when you hit an immoveable object, like a rock or a big root. If a log on the back of a CUT snagged on something substantial it would stop the machine FAST.

You are forgetting that when a commercial skidder pulls a log it is done with the lead end of the log a) up in the air clear of obstacles, and b) with a BIG steel butt plate protector between the log and the machine. I f you were pulling a log downhill you would get a he$% of a thump at the bottom if you stopped faster than it did. If it gave you a good nudge halfway down the hill it might be enough to cause unstability of the CUT (read thrill ride here).

It is far more practical to cut the log into bite size pieces and carry them out in a bucket, forks or a 3pth mounted log grapple.

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I pretty much have a handle on the understanding of the dynamics and I pretty well thought I said about as much as you are saying in the post above. I am not running a commercial logging operation. Just using this to pull some reasonable size logs to where I can cut them up and haul them away without spending a ton of money.






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Chief, I know you have handled equipment far more dangerous than a CUT, I was trying to point out that for all and sundry it may be the best, safest, cheapest or easiest way to do it, that's all.

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