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3-Pt Mechanical "Log Tote"
I made this 3-pt. mechanical "log tote" that allows me to grab logs and release them without ever getting off the tractor. The log tongs hang by a chain from the end of a 6-ft. long steel arm that mounts on the 3-pt. hitch. I welded steel ears onto both sides of the tongs and connected a length of cable to both ears. Both cables run through a loop located above the tongs. From there a single cable runs to a bracket that I mounted on one of the tractor's fenders. I simply reach over and pull on the cable to open the tongs, then let the 3-pt. hitch down to lower the tongs over the log. When I let go of the cable, the tongs grab the log. Then I raise the 3-pt. to pick the log up off the ground and drag it out of the woods. The procedure is reversed to release the log.
  My 16 hp Iseki tractor will handle logs up to 6 in. in diameter. (Larry Zenz, HC 60, Box 154, Parks, Ark. 72950 ph 479 577-2677)

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #5