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Posted By HDRock,
May 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM
You don't need all that stuff. Saw on the floorboard, one 5 gallon bucket holds everything else. Everything goes in the cab and wood goes in the bed. On the way to the woodlot I leave the gas can in the bed since it will stink up the cab but on the way home it fits in the bucket.
I see no reason to put anything in the bed amongst the rounds. That's a good way to smash your gear or lose it.
Never bring an axe or maul to the woodlot. You have a saw for crying out loud, they work great for cutting stuff.
I occasionally need my maul to drive those felling wedges. The trees don't always want to fall, or fall the right way. Same reason I have a cable-puller/come-along, chain and tow straps.
1. Saw on the floorboard? Do you take the bar off to fit it there?
2. I have NEVER broken anything in the bed of my truck because of wood. If your wood shifts that much then I hope you aren't driving down the road with it like that.
3. I use my maul for splitting the stuff that's too large to hoist into the back of the truck whole
4. I use my axe to tap in the felling wedges while felling or while bucking really large logs on the ground. I know a saw can cut, but redundancy has saved my day more than once.
5. I bring a lot of other stuff like PPE that wouldn't fit in a 5 gal bucket.
Obviously , you wouldn't take things U don't need but, I take what I need to get the job at hand done, saw, axe, maul , or dynamite
Dirty stuff in the bed of the truck.
maul, axe, saws not in a case, bed of the truck
Smelly oily gas cans, oil jug etc. in the bed of the truck(or in the milk crate on the ATV if it's going).
Few bungees thru handles etc to hold it reasonably in place.
Clothes, Chaps, bucket of rope, clevises, chain, pulleys etc in the back seat of the cab.
Saw tool box & Saw in the case, back seat too.
I take several thing I hope to not use or need.
But the cutting area is a good hour from home & fairly remote .
I can usually find a place to wedge my cant hook in the bed, even with it loaded down. Gonna be hard for the rounds to hurt that thing.
Saws do fit on the floorboard, sideways usually. Most of the time I can get 2 down there without cases. If you have vinyl floors, the chains can be rough on them, I recommend scabbards.
Milk crate holds xtra chains, file kit, wedges, bar oil and other misc gear. Sometimes, if I'm running a customer's saw for testing/tuning, I'll bring my tach kit with me in the milk crate. I roll up my chaps, a sweatshirt or jacket (weather depending), and stuff them next to the crate, usually perch the hardhat somewhere in there too. I always take my splitting hatchet with me, it's big enough to drive felling wedges, hacks away small branches/bark, and will split a good-size round (under 12") if I so desire, but that's really just for fun.
It's a tight fit in a reg cab pickup but doable. Problem usually is that there is no room for a helper.
BTW, if you are a scrounger have all of your stuff ready to go at a moments notice. This goes for ANY solution you choose. If I got a call right now i'd be in the truck ready to go as fast as I could lace my workbooks on.
IMO pick up trucks are pretty much useless in a rainy/snowy invironments as a primary vehicle. Unless you put a cap on the back, but then you severely limit its abilities. An SUV and trailer is much more practical. OK let me have it!
Coming from somebody who has driven a pickup truck from the first day he could see over the dash, you sir are about to get what you asked for.
First of all, let's see you try this with your SUV and trailer. I need the make and model of your tow vehicle and the specs on your trailer. You aren't going to touch loads that heavy (especially the oak!) with anything less than a Tahoe and a tandem axle trailer.
My Canyon has a soft cover that unsnaps from the bed and stows in the cab in less than two minutes. Goes back on in under five. You can get a similar device for any pickup for under $400. I can go to the grocery store (Sams Club for example) max out both the bed space and my credit card and drive it home with the wife and kid comfortably seated in the cab, no matter the weather. I can haul in the rain, snow, sun, locusts, frogs, whatever. I never have to run home to get the trailer to haul big loads, depending on the truck I happen to be driving, I could pull over, load up 2/3 of a cord or more, and head home without a second thought. It has happened. I can pickup my own brand-new refrigerator, mattress, or any other large and bulky item. I never have to pay delivery fees on anything that fits in my truck.
Not only can I haul just about everything you can fit on a single axle trailer in the bed of my truck (8 ft bed here), I can always hook on a trailer in addition to really shame an SUV. And that trailer can be much larger than what your average SUV can handle. If you aren't sold yet, I can completely make a mess of the bed of my truck and clean-up is a simple sweep-out, hose-down affair.
And I am soooo much cooler than you at the drive-in theatre.
I'm looking for a small 5X8 trailer, the right used one will pop up sometime, needs a 3500 axle... Now my regular cab truck does have a lid but a 1/2ton can only carry so much anyhow. I plan on building a box for my cargo carrier to house the gear that's lockable. Since this is my first season at getting wood it's quite fun & exciting.
I see I'll need some chains & that tool that helps roll the logs over, whats that called? I seen those at the dealer for about $190 _, ouch! -MIKE
You will have better luck finding a 5x10 or 6x10/12 with a 3500lb axle under it. 5x8 is usually a 2K axle underneath.
What kind? That's awful pricey, the best in the biz, Log Rite aren't even that expensive.
That's why I drive a bronco, the best of both worlds!
What year? And what Bronco? I don't see any pics, it must not've happened.......
There is no doubt there are plenty of situations that a p/u shines, generally big bulky items. If its 10' lumber or sheetrock its a joke especially if its rainy. For a primary vehicle its a very task specific tool.
5-gallon pail full of miscellaneous tools (scrench, extra chains, etc.), chainsaw, ax and gas/oil jugs . . . I put them on the floor in the back seat area of the pick up (seat folds up). Sure, it may smell up the cab a bit with some gas fumes and occasionally the Husky will leak out some oil . . . but I figure it's a pick-up . . . it's not a limousine.
As for truck vs. SUV . . . I sold my SUV and purposefully bought a pick-up. While either can haul wood home, I find it a lot easier to not have to bother with hooking up the trailer everytime I want to haul some wood home . . . and for some folks there would be the extra cost of registering the trailer . . . or even just buying a trailer . . . or maintaining the trailer.
That said . . . the pick up is not my daily driver. I have a beater Honda Accord for that purpose. It gets much better gas mileage.
Heres a few pics
Its a '94 with a 351
and an SUV isn't? Unless you're hauling in an enclosed trailer, you're up against the same weather I am my friend.
12 footers, in the rain, but it was PT lumber.
12' boards in all but the largest SUV's (maybe a Tahoe/Expedition, Suburban/Excursion) is going to be a challenge (roof rack?) and even then, still out in the weather.
Dang, what happened here SUV,PU war
Part of the reason I ask the question is cuz I see some situations where a PU would much better than my SUV and trailer , like getting into trails and getting back out loaded with wood. If U spy some wood U don't have to go get your trailer. And hay, a PU and a trailer can haul a lot.
There are pros n cons for ether one
I throw all my gear in to the bed of my truck. I just leave a small space towards the tailgate for the saws, gas, etc. Hopefully I'll get a trailer soon so I can increase my haul everytime I go out.
Meh, To each his own. I prefer to own multiple vehicles for specific tasks.
I own a pickup, minivan, suv, trailer,street bike, dirt bike each one does it's own job very well
To be honest Ed I love both and don't want to be without either ! I can bring home a heck of a lot of wood between the 86 k1500 and the 2000 lb trailer.
Heidi and I each have a high mpg (40+) runabout for daily use and a 4wd wagon for snow and backroads. Then there's the 4wd wood truck/snowplow and a couple of others just because. If the car you planned to drive won't start, just pick another.
I can fit 10' trim boards in my suv and keep them out of the weather. Of couse, just a few. Sometimes thats all you need.
12 footers fit in the minivan and if I pop out the seats I can fit full sheets of drywall or plywood in it too.