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Can You Use This Mini Log Skidder?
"Our mini log skidder isn't designed to haul four or five big trees at a time like commercial skidders. But it will pull a log up to 16-ft. long and 14-in. dia. with no problem, and it can get into and out of tight places a big skidder can't. It's perfect for any small logging business or private woodlot owner," says Tim Clouser about the highly maneuverable, easily transportable prototype log hauler his company designed.
The 4-WD "Timber Mule" is 10-ft. long, 5-ft. wide, 6-ft. high, and weighs 2,000 lbs. It articulates on a pin in its center frame.
It's hydraulically driven by a 24 hp Onan engine, which permits a top speed of 8 mph. A 9 hp hydraulic motor chain- drives each 2-in. dia. ADM 400 axle. They're fitted with 9.5 by 16-in. rear utility tractor tires.
While commercial log skidders require transport on semi flatbeds, this one can easily be hauled on a 8 by 12-ft. trailer behind a pickup, Clouser notes.
Three models are available, two larger with hydraulic-operated winch and 4-ft. blades, which are as good for pushing snow as logs, adds Clouser. They sell for $10,000, $12,500, $15,000, respectively.
Clouser would like to find a manufacturer. Meantime, he'll build the machines for anyone interested.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clouser Enterprises, Box 76, Madisonburg, Pa. 16852 (ph 814 349-5715).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #1