What do you use to haul your wood out of the woods to the wood pile

stanleyjohn Posted By stanleyjohn, Nov 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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  1. JP11

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    I stand corrected. We had to train our groomer operators that going full forward on the handle.. is NOT like clamping the throttle to the bar on a snowmobile. It's counter intuitive.. but works for hill climbs to back off.. on MOST hydro stuff.

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  2. lukem

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    This is the same setup as my Rubicon (yes, a hydrostatic ATV) except a thumb throttle instead of a pedal. Works great on my machine. If I'm pulling a big load up a hill...you give it more throttle...not less.
     
  3. MasterMech

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    None of that give the RTV the nimbleness or high-range flexibility it's owners are missing out on. Drive a diesel Deere HPX or XUV and you will immediately see what I mean. The RTV is better suited to dragging the space shuttle to it's launch tower rather than navigating muddy, rutted, trails carrying it's payload capacity. ;)
     
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    I'll either be in good shape or it will kill me.
     
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    That's just kick-a$$ son...
     
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    To get in,
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    and to get out
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    All brands and machines have their pluses and minuses.

    When compared to the machines you mentioned, the RTV500 is much less expensive, as fuel efficient as those diesels, and far better at navigating steep terrain safely with a heavy load. You don't even need the brakes to descend a steep grade.

    You don't miss out on what you don't need or want and not everyone has the same requirements.
     
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    Started looking at all these machines and like em all.....would love to live somewhere where it snows more, must be great hauling wood with a snowmobile, or maybe it just i'm still a kid at heart ;).
     
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    Yep after it throws you through the windshield you can rest assurred it wil not run you over:)
     
  11. WhitePine

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    I hear they use to be like that. :) Kubota apparently got a few complaints, and they softened that sudden stop. It can still pretty dramatic though.

    Any way, I'm safe. No windshield. ;lol
     
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    Most of my wood is scrounged roadside. I either drag/roll it out by hand and hookeroon or by wire rope and truck.
    My '70 F350 does most of the hauling. DSC05163.JPG
    But the 4 wheel drive F250 does come in handy.
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    He does until a guy with a helicopter shows up...
     
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  15. Thistle

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    That's what I'm hoping for next....got probably 50 snags & equal amount on the ground for years wayyyyy over across the creek & up past 2 very steep hills near south property line.Only way to access the area is by walking or possibly talking to neighbor's (that part of original farm was sold to 2 separate buyers about 10-12 yrs ago) & maybe I could go through their gates & park across my fence in their feedlot.
     
  16. WhitePine

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    Here's what you need to get that remote wood.

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  17. MasterMech

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    Did they ever get a true 4x4 system on the RTV? ;)

    What is the tag on the RTV500? I know it's less than the HPX or XUV (or the RTV900/1100) but as you said, it's not really made to do 20+ MPH while carrying 1000lbs.
     
  18. WhitePine

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    Not sure what you mean by true 4x4 system. If you mean automatic 4x4, no, it's manual, as is the locking rear differential.

    I forget exactly what I paid for mine. It was around $8K with the optional top and heavy duty work site tires. It's a fairly recent purchase.
     
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    A UFO? Darn it . . . first it was the abductions and bright lights . . . then it was the anal cavity probes . . . and now they're stealing our wood. Darn aliens and the U-FOs.
     
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    The wife driving my 'skidder' with detroit lockers f/r, 4.88 gearing, Q78 TSLs, bilsteins, etc. Unfortunately it's also for sale :(.
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    The 'other' more street-legal skidder. stock gearing, rear locker, 32" MTs
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    For small stuff close to the house I just use the vermont cart. I really need to get a trailer for the JD hydro185!!

    For fun I have used my sport quad to pull the ice fishing sled full of rounds.
     
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    Yea, I read about the servo adjustment. I have a kubota tractor as well and I'm on tractorbynet. I haven't attempted the servo adjustment yet. I have just accepted the RTV500 is what it is and at this point in the game I know what I can and can't do with it. My biggest disappointment is I wanted to use it for deer hunting and most times I can't because it can't get to where I need it to go.
     
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    Wow, that's a real bummer about the kubota RTV issues. I've only ever heard good things about kubota. Neighbor has two, one with a huge mowing deck and another front end loader. I've borrowed the front end loader one and it was tits.

    FWIW, wifes cousin has a mule and it's not too shabby. I've also used tow different polaris rangers on remote work sites, one of them was even a 6 passenger!! They were both top notch and could haul bum over gnarly terrain. Another friend has a yamaha rhino, and it is a blast. He loves it, uses it for everything and has had no issues whatsoever.

    Even though it's totally unrelated, I'm gonna post this video of my brother and I beating on the rhino out on the ice.
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  23. MasterMech

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    They aren't total pieces of junk. Far from it. But romping through the woods on rough, steep, or muddy trails is not their strong suit. Farm chores, utility vehicle for maintaing large facilities, it does pretty well. But there are much better choices out their for the deep-woods scrounging crowd. ;)
     
  24. Gasifier

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    Here are my hauling tools. I just realized I have not even taken a picture of my tractor with a loader full of splits yet. :confused:<> That is going to have to be resolved. The 4wd Tundra Crewmax does a nice job. But when going into the woods where the paths start to get narrowed the tractor is what I use.
     

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    Nice tools all you guys have! Wow. I like every last one of them. Lee, stop showin off. Your making me jealous.
     
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