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Log Skidder Built For $450
“After I had a heart attack I decided to take it a little easier, so I built a small log skidder that does the lifting for me,” says Gerald Thorsen, Christopher Lake, Sask., who pulls his home-built rig behind his Honda 450 ATV.
  He started with the front axle off an old car and cut it down to a width of 4 ft. so it would trail directly behind the ATV. He used 2-in. sq. tubing to build a 7-ft. high hinged boom that attaches to a frame built on the axle. Cable from a 3,000-lb., 12-volt winch runs through a pulley on top of the boom and raises and lowers the log. Another cable that’s attached to the top of the boom manually adjusts the boom angle. The cable attaches to a short length of chain that drops into a groove on a steel bracket welded to the frame, allowing Thorsen to shorten or lengthen the chain.
  “The photo shows the skidder pulling a small birch tree that came down in a recent windstorm. The skidder can handle logs up to 12 in. in diameter,” says Thorsen.
  He also equipped the skidder with a toolbox to carry a chainsaw, chains, gas and oil.  
  “It’s a handy contraption,” says Thorsen. “Larry Shultz did the welding and fabricating. I use a 2-button remote control on an 8-ft. cable to operate the winch. I spent about $450 to build it, which I think was very reasonable.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gerald Thorsen, P.O. Box 360, Christopher Lake, Sask., Canada S0J 0N0 (ph 306 982-4847).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #5