I've been wanting one of these for a while now, but the smallest one that will fit my needs is about $1000. I downloaded some pics of the older (welded) design from the Log Rite site and realized I could make a clone for next to nothing. I overlaid a grid onto the photos (not the model shown above) so I could figure out the scale of everything from the measurements given on the website. I determined that they used 1 1/2" square steel tubing, and by using the weight given for the device, I was able to calculate the gauge of the steel from the cut list I made. I went to the local steel yard and bought one 21' piece of 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" welded steel tubing with 3/16" wall thickness. $54. I went home and cut it up with my cheap used tool sale horizontal band saw. Here's the layout of the arch itself: A buddy gave me one of those wheeled jacks for moving trailers around the lot. I pulled the wheels and mounted them on the arch frame. Then I welded a 6' piece of the square tubing to the top (using a sheetrock square to get it as square as I could), braced the handle heavily near the fulcrum area with more square tubing, added side braces made from some scrap pipe, and stuck a pipe into the end to determine the best resistance arm length for the wood I want to lift. Here's a pic of the front with my log tongs hanging off the pipe, grabbing onto a piece of pine about 3 1/2' long and 22" across - about 300 pounds. Here's a side view of the arch with the log held up: Here's Lady BK, all 5'6" and 142 pounds of her, lifting up the log all by herself. The welding gloves are only because I just completed that weld at the handle end and the steel was still hot. Now she's having a real easy time of it because I slid the ring on the tongs back and shortened up the resistance arm a bunch. Notice how relaxed she is, and she isn't even having to hold the handle at the very end for more leverage. As soon as I can find a piece of 1 1/8" cold-rolled steel that will fit snug inside the front of the handle, I'll drill a few holes through it so I can make it as adjustable as I want it. I'll be making a 4' extension handle for pulling long logs (up to 16'), welding on some pipe for pull handles, then sanding, priming and painting it. I may spring for new wheels and put these ones back on the trailer jack, but I kinda like having the whole thing for under $60 for now. I already had the lifting tongs for lifting logs out in the field onto the truck bed, but you could go with skidder tongs to save a bit of money, or just use some chain, or even some HD rope to hold it tight so you can lift it. The tongs are fast, though. Here's what I want to use it for. I have to get the logs about 150' away from where I'm storing and cutting them, and up a slight grade as well. I ain't gonna try it with a hand truck (some of them I need to move will be 600-700 pounds), and I don't want to winch them up onto the truck bed and do the same to get them off again, over and over again. It'll come in handy for bucking up logs for firewood as well, or rolling them off somebody's property during a scrounge instead of digging up their lawn with the truck. I'll post some more pics of it once it's finished, hopefully with some bigger logs. It rolls real nice, even up the hill. I'd love to eventually mount some 12" wheels with 20" tires on it, but that means spindles, hubs and the wheels themselves. Lotsa dough. I'll make due with it the way it is until it won't do what I want it to do. Nice thing about this stuff is you can cut it apart and put it back together any way you want, all you need is a wee bit of time. I'll also get together a complete BOM and an accurate cut list, so anybody wanting to make one won't have to start from square one.