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Post in 'The Gear' started by Gasifier, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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  2. 711mhw

    711mhw Feeling the Heat

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    :eek: If about 14K or so is inexpensive! But it is all about the toys right?
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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I want, I want ! !
    Talk about a work & back saver ;)
    lx95lt30Main.jpg

    I think Jags has one of these grapples on his log splitter :)
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    Now if it would just buck, split and stack it...
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    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    That is beautiful! Then when you unload, you just buck it while its hanging at the perfect height.
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    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    I think I could make a rigid upside down "L" that is mounted on a swivel to the tongue of my dump trailer. Then mount a winch to the end of the "L" boom and put my own grabber/pincher tongs on the end of the cable!

    Thanks for the idea!
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  7. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    Yep, I saw a trailer with a hydraulic grapple on it. So, I thought about building my own flatbed/dump trailer with a hydraulic arm on it. Went and priced hydraulic grapples and they are around $10k. No way I can justify that unless I actually start selling firewood for a living and that just isn't going to make sense right now. Maybe once all the kids are in school and I have more free time wherein I am trying to grow my practice again. Still do not see me selling firewood. So, no grapple arm. Will just need to take the tractor with me. lol
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    Sure does look like a handy machine :)
    But i bet any 4 wheeler would be groaning trying to pull a full load >>

    loon
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    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I think the bobcat splitter might work well with that. But with that, a dump trailer might be better. Cut and split it right into the trailer. Dump it where you stack it.

    Matt
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    Would be nice behind my tractor. Let's see, when will the wife think that is a good idea? <>
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  11. Sean McGillicuddy

    Sean McGillicuddy Burning Hunk

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    I've seen them in Cocagne N.B.
    Nice looking toy for us but they still log up there for a living.
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    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Those are nice M.M. I have a mechanical thumb on my back-hoe so I can turn the hoe to the right or left and pretty much do the same thing. The only thing I wish was that the thumb was hydraulic. I rented and used a Kubota mini-Excavator that had a hydraulic thumb on it one time for a day. Man, that was the cat's ass. No, not like the pic of the cat's ass I saw in one of the threads on here once.;lol That was a good one. But it was really cool. The work I got done with that Excavator in one day was awesome.
  14. MasterMech

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    I doubt you can lift anywhere near what the 3 point can. You're most likely limited to lifting several hundred pounds. I've done 1200lbs (a pumpkin no less!) on a Deere 110TLB and that's got a lot more capability. But you certainly can reach places this won't. The 3 pt on your tractor and others that size is capable of lifting well over a ton (24" load center). A lot easier on the tractor and the backhoe too. Remember, the hoe isn't designed to have dynamic loads applied to it without the stabilizers planted.
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    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Another 14k or so and you've got it. Got money? You can do almost anything!
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    If you have brains, know how, and a couple tools, you can do even more. Kind of like fabricating a nice splitter versus paying $6k for one. Might have to fabricate myself a grapple too after I am successful with the splitter.
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    I wish I had metal working skills. Welding would help a lot. I can work a torch if I have to, but not very good at it. I can't weld worth a chit.
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    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    My treat to myself after this tax season is going to be a new chainsaw and a welder. Looking at the Lincoln PowerMig 256 right now. I have welded a bit with my dad's tombstone stick welder, but want to buy a really nice MIG welder. Going to build fish tank stands first with it and learn how to use it in the process. After that, I'm going to build a splitter. If you don't work at something, you will never learn a skill. Once I get the hang of it, the sky is the limit. lol
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    True. Watch your eyesight and be careful. chit gets hot! And there is some serious voltage there.
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    Yep, going to buy one of the auto tint welding masks. My dad's mask is a POS from the stone age that is dark 24/7. Also going to buy the welding gloves and jacket. I am a true believer in safety equipment and haste makes waste. Going to read about 10 books on MIG welding too before I get started. Already been watching videos on MIG welding and I don't even have the welder yet.
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    I like that fabsroman. I would like to try that myself some day. Maybe some day. Let me know how you make out. What does a mig welder cost? I know I have seen them at TSC but never priced them.
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    Actually, most welders run under 50V for Arc Current. Amperage (current flow) is what makes the heat. ;)
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    All depends how many amps you want. I am essentially buying the largest one in that specific product line from Lincoln. Figure it will be able to do most, if not all, of what I want to do with it. Anyway, that one is $2k after the current $200 rebate, but it is 256 amps. The entry level 140 amp welder is $700.
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    What the hell ya gunna build a skyscraper? Bridge? What?
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    Never know what I might want to build once I start building. Five years ago, if you told me I would want 4 chainsaws and have 10 cords of firewood stacked up and ready to go, I never would have believed you. Kind of like buying other things. Better to buy a little more than you need, than to find out what you bought will not get the job done. I feel the same way about a tractor. The John Deere 2720 will probably do almost everything I need, so I am buying the John Deere 3720. lol

    Almost 10 years ago, my then girlfriend of 5 months, who has been my wife now for almost 8 years, asked me if I knew what I was doing when I was buying the F350. We just talked about it today, and she admits in hindsight the pickup has been really useful (e.g., moving from her condo to a townhouse, remodeling the townhouse, getting the townhouse ready to be sold, moving to this house, hauling firewood, taking the kids places). It only took a year or two for her to come to the conclusion that when I buy something, I have done a ton of research on it, especially when it comes to tools, and I usually use the heck out of it. She didn't question the furnace or AC purchase. Now, her parents were worried that the furnace would not be able to keep us warm, until they visited for Thanksgiving and I made sure the house was 78 degrees for them. Last winter, they asked if I could turn up the heat (which was heating oil). This winter, they asked if I could turn down the heat. lol

    Edit to add: Was just downstairs firing up the furnace, and remembered another conversation early on with my wife. About 3 months into our relationship, her Sonata was due for its 30,000 mile maintenance. I offered to do it for her if she paid for the parts/consumables. She declined because we were only dating 3 months and she did not want to take advantage of me. That was until the dealer told her it was going to be $430. She called me from the dealer and asked, "If you were to do the 30,000 mile maintenance, what would it cost in parts/consumables." I told her around $70 and that is with synthetic oil and one of the best oil filters. Lo and behold, I did the 30,000 maintenance on the Sonata the next weekend. By the way, my wife is way more frugal than I am.
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