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Log splitter in truck, loading/unloading

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by WES999, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    I had a bunch of wood that needed splitting, a friend was kind enough to let me borrow his Troy-Built 27 ton
    log splitter:cool:. He lived too far away to safely tow it, so it had to be loaded in the truck bed. Here is what I came up with to make it easy to load it in the truck.

    I put 2 pieces of 1.50 x 2.00 rectangular steel tubing in the front stake pockets, put a 4 X 4 with a Harbor Freight
    cable winch behind the tubing. I used a tie down strap to hold the splitter about 20* from vertical, to get the correct balance. With this setup I was able to easily winch the splitter up the ramps.

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  2. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Good ol' Yankee ingenuity!
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Whatever gets the job done. Nice call on the beam adjustment for balance.
  4. xman23

    xman23 Minister of Fire

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    I installed the same boat wench on the front of my trailer. Makes getting anything into the trailer a lot easier.
  5. pma1123

    pma1123 New Member

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    Thanks for sharing your insightful solution for getting a splitter in the back of a ranger, to a fellow ranger owner.
    I have splitting that needs to be done 5 hours away from where my splitter is sitting, and my only idea was using a long utility trailer to drive quad + splitter onto.
    How bad did your truck squat with the splitter in there? (2wd I assume?)
  6. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Couple of planks and a hill to level it out fairly, makes for nice easy rolling in a pinch.
  7. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    You installed a boat wench? You mean one of these type things? Whoa, Cool!

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