LogRite Junior Log Arch plans and photos

Post in 'The Gear' started by BrianK, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. BrianK

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    Last fall I asked Battenkiller for a copy of his plans for his log arch build. See his thread,
    My New "Log Rite" Log Arch

    He forwarded a copy of his drawing with measurements and cut list with angles. A couple people have asked me for a copy, so I'm going to post them here, along with some of his comments from his thread and our series of PMs about it so others can use it.

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    I have a friend who worked in a metal fab & welding shop who is going to put one together for me this summer. I have an old 4x8 utility trailer that is rusted out that we are going to salvage for axles/wheels and tires, and I already found a big set of unused Dixie skidding tongs on Craigslist for $50 (took several months of searching to find one local.)

    I'll post photos of my build when its finished in a couple months.
     
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    Thanks are due to Battenkiller. These are all his plans, photos and instructions. If he's still lurking, thanks Battenkiler!
     
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    Lets see if it shows up. Edit: OK Log Arch Plans.jpg
     
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    Excellent, thanks. I think the problem is that I was copying and pasting the images from a private message and therefore they were not showing up on the thread. I'll try to fix the rest of the photos now.

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    Now all the images should be showing up on the OP.
     
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    Here's another set of plans I found online.
     

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    Ya showing up fine now thanks
    I have Been thinking of building one also.
    Article for the other one at Mother Earth News, Build an All-Purpose Straddle-Wheeled Log Hauler
     
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    We finally assembled the log arch on Saturday evening. Because the Dixie skidding tongs I found on CL were so much taller than the original plans called for we had to figure out a way to lift them up off the top of the arch. We used 1" stock and gussets and a piece of the U channel off the boat trailer axle we used for the axles, wheels and tires (and a can of Massey-Ferguson orange spray bomb):

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    Llooking good. Nice workshop too.
     
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    Thanks.

    He and his brother worked in a welding and fabricating shop for two years building truck bodies. They are both now working in a local coal mine, making twice the money, and doing welding and fabricating on the side in this shop they built over the last several years.

    They picked up in 1973 IH 4x4 firetruck and just built this dump bed for it in the same shop (sorry for the night time image quality):

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    Are you going to make an extension? When I make mine, I thought of welding a hitch receiver to the end so to just plug in a extension, with another on the end of the extension, to hook on a tow hitch for either a tractor or a truck to haul the log
     
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    Looks GREAT :cool:
    So, what did it end up costing ya ?
    Next up, Pics of it in action :)
     
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    I doubt I'll end up with an extension. Mine is primarily going to be used by hand to retrieve logs from a property where I'm not permitted to drive motorized vehicles.
     
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    Uh...more than I planned.

    My friend told me the steel for the arch would cost less than $80. It did, but the shop where he got it charged him an hour labor to cut it to the length and angles required. Total bill for steel, $122. I got the complete boat trailer axle off CL for $50, and the Dixie skidding tongs off CL for $50. Total so far, $222. I'll give my friend some $$$ for his time and help, so I'll probably have a total of about $300 in it. Which is about $100 more than I originally thought I could do it for. I was originally going to use an old 4x8 utility trailer I already have for the axle, but couldn't pass up the complete boat trailer axle for $50.
     
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    Well, thats less than half what a LogRite Junior Log Arch is $640 plus shipping.
    Looks like yours will handle the job very well :cool:
     
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