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Anyone use a hand truck?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Black Jaque Janaviac, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Black Jaque Janaviac

    Black Jaque Janaviac Feeling the Heat

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    I need a good way to lift felled trees so I can buck them without pinching the saw. I see the LogRite Jr. Arch and that seems like it would work because it would serve the purpose of a timberjack and it would help haul them out.

    I don't have the coin for a LogRite though.

    I'm wondering if anyone puts a hand truck to similar use? Milwaukee makes some that can handle 800 pounds and they have inflatable tires. The truck could be slipped under the trunk and used as a lever to lift up an end. Then when they're cut up it seems like the truck could serve as an improvised skidding aid.

    It's not the ideal, but I'm just curious if anyone has tried using one and how well it might work.

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  2. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    That's a good idea, I have a hand truck at home and a few oak logs I haven't bucked yet. I will give it a shot this afternoon and let you know how it pans out.
  3. bogydave

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    Never tried it but a great idea.
    As long as the ground is solid enough, could be a great work saver.
  4. ScotO

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    I use a hand truck to haul splits into the basement in the winter (gotta modify it so they don't fall off going down the steps!), never gave it a though to use it for bucking. Sounds like a feasible idea, give it a shot and post your results. I'm intrigued......
  5. Fifelaker

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    I was in the moving business for 15 years I have hauled tons of stuff on hand trucks. You may have a problem with a hand truck trying to lift logs over the break point with the chisel.A timberjack works much better. I have lifted safes,milling machines and big heavy sh*t with hand trucks just to get them high enough to get something else under the load. Magliners are the strongest by far of any I have used.
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    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Worked very well, I only had a few smaller things to buck and a few that are over 40" the bigger ones are way too big for the hand truck but it was very useful for the smaller ones. I am guessing anything up to the 20" mark would probably work on. Made it a lot easier than propping the log up on another split then moving it. I will be using that thing more often. The hand truck I have I bought at an auction for $35 and it has paid for itself many times over. I use that thing around the house and garage a lot. Makes it really nice to bring splits into the house.
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  7. Realstone

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    I bought one of these at Canadian Tire for $100. Love it and have used it for lugging big rounds. Works pretty good. 800 lb. capacity.

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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Good "demo" pic ;)
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    That's a great idea. I've used my hand truck to haul & move around my rounds but never thought about using it to cut.
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    I will have to give this a shot,...not sure why I didn't think of it.
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    I use my hand truck to get rounds onto my horizontal (only) splitter. I stand the round upright, lift it with the hand truck, and roll it over alongside the splitter. Because the hand truck is about the same height as the splitter (when the hand truck is lying back), I can roll the round from the hand truck onto the splitter. I only use this on the rounds that would cause me to bust a gut if I tried to lift them onto the splitter.

    I have a peavey for bucking large logs. I make several cuts 18" apart (width of my stove door), halfway through the log. I then roll it with the peavey and cut through from the other side, trying to make sure there is no dirt/stones on the second side.
  13. Realstone

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    Pretty clever Dan. Don't use force, get a bigger lever.
  14. Black Jaque Janaviac

    Black Jaque Janaviac Feeling the Heat

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    Ok but what about when the trunk is still attached to the crown and doesn't roll? I was thinking maybe a hand truck with wheels might roll under.

    I'll encouraged, I think I'll give it a try. And if it looks promising I may buy one of those Milwaukee Boss Hoss' expressly for logging.I have a peavey for bucking large logs. I make several cuts 18" apart (width of my stove door), halfway through the log. I then roll it with the peavey and cut through from the other side, trying to make sure there is no dirt/stones on the second side.
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    I agree. I'll keep that use for a hand truck filed away for when my standard approach doesn't work.
  16. Black Jaque Janaviac

    Black Jaque Janaviac Feeling the Heat

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    I did a little internet shopping to see how far a Milwaukee Boss Hoss would set me back. It appears prices vary wildly which has me a little leary. One place sells it for ~$150 but charges another $150 to ship it! A number of places want $350 for it. But then there's the Do It Best which will sell it for ~$150 and ship it to the nearest store free of charge.

    Obviously the Do It Best is the best deal. But it has me a little cautious. Why would they sell it for roughly half of what so many others want? The only difference that I can see is that Do It Best advertises it as a Gleason product instead of a Milwaukee product. But Milwaukee hand trucks are a Gleason Industry. Milwaukee is made in the US. There is another nearly identical hand truck that Tractor Supply sells that it made in Taiwan I hope that isn't the Gleason version.
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    I have assorted sassafras logs laying around of different diameters and lengths I use for bucking. VERY light for their size, strong,and easy to throw on 4 wheeler rack or drag to site. Have dropped trees onto them for easy bucks, or used as levers.One in each hand under a log gives great leverage,especially if "sharpened" on end to weasel under. Levered up the lawnmower onto pallets to fix it, unearthed / moved big rocks, used as ramps for loading 4wheeler into truck,
    ( with plywood), and many other tasks. They don't rot, and are easily replaced / custom cut. Tons overhanging road to cut this winter.
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    Great idea. I'll definitely try it out.
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    i use one, its great, works even better when the ground is frozen
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    Quick and small hijack....how well do sassafras burn? I dug a bunch out about 8" in diameter @ the stump. Been contemplating weather or not to buck fir fire wood

    Sent from my rooted and eclipse running X2--thanks nitro-- if im posting on here I'm probably supposed to be working! I can't help im addicted to HEARTH.COM!
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    I think it might work ok, but, wouldn't improvising a lever and fulcrum (like with a Peavy and a piece if wood) be much simpler than hauling a hand truck all over creation?
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    I converted a small hand truck into a split carrier. I fastened some braces to the front of it and attached those to the top and this is how I bring my wood into the house during the season. In spring it goes back to be a hand truck.
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    I can see using the hand truck to lug things around, but to hold the kerf open? Why not tap a wedge in and call it good?
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    Dries fast, great kindling, but low overall BTU's, at 18 on the charts I saw right below cherry and red maple (both 18.7 supposedly) However, you can split it with a hard stare. Give bob the builder there a hammer, and put a hatchet in a short round. he'll have a blast.:)

    . Don't be suprised when suckers come back from any roots you missed. BTW, that's why they called it "root beer" - sass roots were used. smells great.
  25. Black Jaque Janaviac

    Black Jaque Janaviac Feeling the Heat

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    Is there something wrong with the site? I try to highlight a select phrase and instead I get the whole rest of the thread highlighted along with a little "quote me" bubble.

    Anyway. . . For the mere purpose of lifting a log/trunk a peavy would be smaller/lighter. However, I'm thinking the hand truck might serve other uses such as hauling short logs out of the woods. I'm considering going back to using all manual powered saws, and it makes more sense to cut logs into 4-6 foot lengths and haul them home and buck them than it does to buck them in the woods.

    And of course when you're using a bow saw or two-man saw following the saw with a wedge is not so easy.

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