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Post in 'The Gear' started by jeff_t, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    I bought this arch from another forum member a couple of years ago. I finally made a few modifications to it so I could put it to use. Worked pretty slick. I have a bunch of small, dead ash trees in a pretty big grassy area, and it sure was nice to drop them and cut them up into manageable lengths. Now I can buck them up in a sawbuck next to the stacks, instead of fishing around in the weeds. This is about two hours' work.

    The only problem is the ultra cheap HF winch, which is already broken :mad: 2012-10-23_14-08-02_378.jpg 2012-10-23_11-48-34_103.jpg 2012-10-23_11-48-50_74.jpg
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  2. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    nice, if I was dealing with pole wood it would be on my short list.
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  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Those can be handy but I still like getting the whole log off the ground. This dray cost about $10 to put together. It is 8' long so can haul a 12' log easily.

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    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    This is what I'd really like......I'd even settle for one 10 yrs old in decent shape...;)

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  5. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    A grapple is really nice in the open. I've used one quite a bit.

    I'm not sure a dray would work where I am cutting. Maybe if the ground was frozen and my trail was a little wider. I would have to open up a couple of corners, I think. The arch makes the turn, and the ends of the logs ride around the trees okay.

    Very few of these trees are over 12", and none of what I cut today will need to be split. I'll have lots of rounds to burn in 3-4 years.
  6. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    You know jeff that is sweet ! You could get a come along as a back up to go on there they are cheap and effective.

    Pete
  7. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Those grapples are great, I used one this summer to haul that oak. Amazing what you can lift with those.
  8. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    You can always put it on the christmas list and see what happens :)
  9. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Very nice.
    I looked hard at them. Even help when cutting it up, slide in a big saw buck & then lower the logs. waist/knee high is easy on the back ;)
    Like it for the right conditions.
    If I had level ground where I cut, that would save several trip to & from the wood.

    A small chain hoist would be tougher & last ;)
  10. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Hmmm. Maybe.

    I was thinking about hanging a grab hook near where the sheave is mounted for the winch cable. Probably part of what killed the winch was when I was dragging the load.
  11. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Should work. Something to bind the load together so they don't slide out might help too.
  12. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    I only had one slide out, but I'm going to get a choker hook when I find one for 1/4" chain.
  13. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest


    How do you know that wood is Polish???
  14. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    Because my wife is...and she said so :)
  15. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest


    That's OK then.................us former Poles need to stick together!! You don't hear us wanting to change the language though................do you!!!

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