Post in 'The Gear' started by bigbarf48, Jan 23, 2013.
Give it a try Dave
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I've posted before but here's my set up once again.
No pics, gotta learn how. But I got me a 2 wheeled wheel barrow with no tub. Built a nice rack out of 1/2" pipe so can haul a huge neatly stacked load of wood from the outdoor stacks right through the ground level patio door and right up to wood stove. Unload as I burn.
One of my sons has a '70 Ford F350 dually flat bed and hauls me 2 huge slabwood bundles at a time. 3 MPG.
Dave USCG - about a 100 years ago, spent some time (10 weeks I think) at Cape May USCG boot camp. After that spent 7 years up in Maine on weather cutters out of Portland, Quoddy Head Lifeboat Station in Lubec, Maine and buoy tender (CGC LAUREL) out of Rockland, Maine. (I was a Yeoman...bet you can tell by my excellent typing ability
Hey Backwoods Savage,
How do you like that trailer? I was thinking about ordering that same one from Northern Tool. My main use for it would be transporting firewood from the top of our hill down a fairly steep and sometimes uneven trail. The trail poses absolutely no problem for my ATV, and I would be aware of the weight behind me and the braking issues involved. The trailer looks like it carries its load with a low center of gravity, and the wheels appear to be set off to the sides a ways making it more stable.
Wow!, an old 180'... I was on the old Hornbeam, only for a brief time and she was decommed here in Cape May in 1999 when I was on her.
Ironicly, "i believe" but dont quote me, the Laurel and the Hornbeam are still afloat down in the islands as dive boats and owned by the same owner or company.
When you figure out the picture thing, I'd like to see a picture of your son's F350. Mine gets closer to 7 MPG.
Where's the wood ???
Here is a picture of mine mostly full, gotta love dry semi-arid conditions with no salt. Truck is a 1986 and is in great condition for the age with no rot.
TMonter, that old Ford looks great. Anything of that vintage here in the Northeast would be pretty rusted. Maybe you could do some some shopping for me. I'd love to find a nice, unrusted, 80-97 F350 4x4 DWR flatbed.
here's mine - a 2000 Ford Ranger - not the best hauler but I've hauled plenty of wood out of the woods with it. Here it's pictured heading through the hemlocks on my woodlot.
I just realized that neither of my wood haulers is hauling wood in the pics I posted.
I'd be happy to keep an eye out locally if you want. It would be a long drive from here to there but over here the upper rated Fords (250/350) are pretty common and not too expensive. I know I certainly wouldn't want to drive mine from here to back east though at 9-10 MPG (460 V8 in it). I paid $1850 for that one a couple years ago and the only thing that was really wrong with it was the fuel pump in the rear tank was bad. I did the work myself and it cost me under $70 to fix it.
When you say DWR you are referencing dual rear wheels correct?
Here are my wood hauling photos.
Its finally been cold enough this week to haul in some more fuel from "out back" in my woods. Used my chained JD mower and cart the first few days. Today I hooked the trailer up to the Highlander and went out for a load of some 3 year old ash and pignut that had been laying in the woods. Cut the pignut in the trailer in the first photo with a plain 036 that I just finished putting a "Pro" compensating carb ($24 shipped from Hong Kong) and "Pro" large-bearing/rim sprocket on, both OEM. The saw already had the adjustable oiler, but no decomp valve. Jury-rigged up a new tank vent since the old style vent blocked the new pro air filter. It cut real nice with a 20" bar on it.
Can anyone identify that tree right behind my left shoulder?
That same tree is just behind the car, another slightly bigger one to the right by the downed red oak top........ I have 110 tops like that down on the ground from timbering last May left to cut. The kids 10'x13'x13' triangular tree house (my deer stand) is in 3 beech trees behind it. Those heated leather seats in the Highlander sure feel good on your butt after a few hours cutting out there in 14 degree temps .
Pulling back up into the yard.
It all goes down into the "Bilco" door pit and into the Charmaster combo furnace in the basement.
I've use everything here to "haul wood" depending on the ground conditions................ wheelbarrow, cart, and trailer!
Here are some of my haulers. The big gooseneck I only use when my tree guy tells me he has a LOT of premo wood that he will load for me. In this case this was a gigantic red oak he cut and loaded with a crane. These were just the limbs. My usual setup is the small utility trailer pulled with my '96 F250. If I have to haul rounds out any distance I have a barrel hand truck that works great because of the big tires and great center of gravity built into it. Oh and the ever present wheelbarrow.
like the basement door idea, i just cut a hole above the brickbasment on mine and toss it in, only got a 1x1 foot hole tho so its a pain, but better then thru the house method.
u put that door in yourself? if so got an pics of install?
1987 F 350 6.9L IDI pulling the 16ft trailer. She ain't pretty by any standard, but good solid old runner. Came with a plow. Got about $ 1500.00 into the whole setup, so not bad. Trailer gets painted in the spring. A C
For the most part I really like it. Those wheels you spoke of hold some really wide tires! That makes going through mud much, much easier without tearing up the trails. It also is really low so loading the big stuff is much easier. If it is really big, just pull the pin and it tilts. The weak part is the mesh they use for the bed. I simply put some old osb in the bed. The tongue I though would give out by not but it appears it is stronger than I thought. I would not hesitate to buy another one.
My first ever haul of locust, last month:
I think it's an 851 Kenworth. http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/the-glory-days-of-firewood.76556/
The flat deck was 1964 Merc 700; picture taken mid 90s. Teenage daughters had boy friends so I took advantage of the willing help.
Now-a-days 1999 Toyota Tacoma hauls just the right amount!
For smaller loads.
I put the basement "Bilco" door in when I built the house. You block in the size of the opening the same as the rest of the foundation, although you could excavate it out and add one in at any time on an existing home. Bilco gives you all the dimensions of the foundation opening depending on the size and pitch of the door/steps you want. Here are two photos. The first when I was laying the foundation of the house showing the Bilco door area. That's ex-wife #2 hard at work! The second is during the summer when I have the steps in place. Once fall comes I slide the steps out and fill it full of wood. My furnace is only 8' to the left of the door.
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