Need some ideas please !

Pallet Pete Posted By Pallet Pete, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

  1. Pallet Pete

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    I would like to make a log holder that would use my hitch reciever so that I can stick the end of a log in it to elevate it off the ground and be able to cut elevated. When I had my s10 I would attach a ratchet strap over the tailgate in the down position I could then line up 5 or 6 decent logs that would sit perfect. Then I just ran the saw through all of them and walla no multiple loads out of the woods and way less dirt. So here is the issue I know have a 1986 sierra k1500 and that doesn't work well with it. My thoughts are to build one that sticks out of the hitch and that I can just slip a log in cut then throw it all in the bed from there. Does anybody make one for sale or do you have desighn ideas on how to make one ?

    Thanks guys
    Pete
     
  2. MasterMech

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    How big are these logs Pete? Timberjacks work pretty good for 8-18". Or just use a cant hook to roll 'em up onto another log/round.

    One word of caution about using the receiver hitch - Most Class IV hitches can handle about 1000 lbs of tongue weight. If you build this thing to extend farther out than a trailer ball would normally sit (and you'd pretty much have to) then that number will shrink fast. If you're talking about cutting 6" or less diameter poles than you'd probably be ok but since I built the sawbuck I'm hauling 80" poles back to the house and cutting them in the saw buck rather than in the field.
     
  3. Pallet Pete

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    I have a timber jack and absolutely hate it lol. The are usually 6" to 10" rounds around 6 to 8ft long. My hitch is a 10,000 + pound hitch max load of 14000 pounds. Tongue wait is 1000 pound I believe but I will have to double check that part.
     
  4. MasterMech

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    Just keep in mind that 1000lb rating is for a load about 6" to 8" from the hitch itself. Your sawbuck attachment that you want to build will almost certainly double if not triple that load center.
     
  5. basod

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    Pete I guess your talking about a bed extender? There are several manufacturers of them
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    I contemplated buying one when I was hauling all the 12' hardiboard during residing project, but opted for a couple 2x6x12' and stacked on those instead.
     
  6. Pallet Pete

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    That looks like it might work well based ! I think I would need to weld a swinging arm that could hold the log though. I need to give that some thought thanks guys.

    Pete
     

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