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"Hauler" Brings Logs To Sawmill
"I needed a way to get logs to my home-built bandsaw mills so I used scrap materials to construct a log hauler which works much better than dragging logs behind a skidder," says Bill Reeks, whose home-built bandsaw mills have been featured in past issues of FARM SHOW.
  "Lifting the entire log when moving it works much better because it keeps dirt off them so blades stay sharp longer.
  "The log hauler straddles the log and two sets of homemade log tongs lift the log. I cut the tongs out of heavy plate steel. They're powered by two hand winches that mount together above the hitch. Steel cable from the winches runs through pulleys that boost lift capacity.
  "I made a heavy frame out of square tubing and fitted it with stub axles salvaged from farm machinery. It'll carry logs up to 32 in. dia. The longest log I've carried was 20 ft. I can pull it empty at speeds of 50 to 60 mph on the highway.
  "I don't have any plans together but the basic idea is pretty clear cut. Interest is still strong in the plans for our bandsaw mill. Hundreds of FARM SHOW readers have built their own mills."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Reeks, 7014 B U.S. Hwy. 231 N., Cromwell, Ky. 42333 (ph 270 274-3361).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4