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Receiver hitch mounted dock hoist as a log lift?

Post in 'The Gear' started by BrianK, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Hi folks,
    My old splitter had a receiver hitch mount on top of the wedge when I bought it last year. I'm thinking of picking up a 500lb rated receiver hitch mounted dock hoist and using it to lift large logs onto the splitter. I could also mount the receiver on the axle on the opposite side from the engine.

    Would that hoist be sufficient for large rounds?

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  2. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    That's a beefy splitter. Yanmar diesel motor?
  3. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Yes, 9hp Yanmar. Picked up the splitter last year for $575. It was built by an old timer. Just replaced the 11gpm pump with a 16gpm this week.
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  4. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    Brian, if I were you, I'd consider building a log lifter for the side of your splitter. I'd be connected to your splitter, no need to bring an extra contraption to the jobsite with you. To do the lifting, you could get a small hyd. cylinder and gate valve and tie it in with your hydraulic system. You'd have a couple hundred bucks in the setup, and the fabrication (not sure if you have the tools or not, I'm sure you know someone that does have the tools you need).
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  5. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Scotty, I am going to replace the old valve on the splitter with a detent valve so I was also looking at double valves to also run a log lifter. However between the valve and cylinder and fabrication (I would have to get it made) I would spend 3 or 4 times as much as this hoist costs. I wish money wasnt an option but alas it certainly is.
  6. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Northern IL
    The lift could work, but I wouldn't have it mounted on the wedge. Maybe more towards the axle, but the arm length on the lift would ultimately dictate position.

    I, personally, am a log lifter kinda guy.
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  7. I have a horizontal/vertical splitter. I used to save the big rounds until I had enough to justify setting the splitter vertical.

    Now that I have a bigger saw I just cut them in half lengthwise as I come across the bigger rounds. Don't think it takes much longer and is certainly easier on the back. Plus watching your boot get buried in chips in about 10 seconds kind of makes one smile.
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  8. Couderay80

    Couderay80 Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    South of the windy city
    If you go ahead with the lift, as I see no reason as to why it would not work, let us know how it worked out. Looks as if it could stay on the wedge in transport mode also. I'm looking at one of them lifts for my fab table.
  9. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

    Nov 6, 2012
    Brookhaven, Long Island
    Hope your going to burn that PWC! ;)
  10. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    I don't think the cat in my Fireview is rated to burn PWCs. I'll call Woodstock tomorrow morning to double check ;-)
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  11. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Toss it in the ol' OWB. I hear they burn anything. :rolleyes:
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  12. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

    Jan 5, 2012
    I would add a drop down leg on the bottom of the lift and take some strain off of the hitch.

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