2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"ATV" Log Skidder
“It’s easy to load and lets me safely haul logs up or downhill, without tearing up the ground,” he says.
The log skidder rides on 13-in. flat-free tires that support a 1/4-in. thick steel shelf made from 6-in. sq. tubing. The shelf sets 2 ft. above the ground. A 2-ft. steel upright bolts onto each side of the shelf. Each is secured by a bolt that is double nutted. There’s a pin 2 in. above it. By removing the pin, Irwin can lower the upright to the ground to form a ramp on either side.
To skid out a log he drives alongside the log, then unhooks the skidder from the ATV and drives it up to the opposite side of the log. There, he pulls cable from the ATV’s electric winch out to the log and hooks it onto a chain placed under the log. The winch then rolls the log up the ramp and onto the shelf. The last step is to hook the ATV back up to the skidder.
“The skidder’s tongue is made from 2-in. sq. tubing and is light enough that I can easily lift it up onto a ball mounted on back of the 4-wheeler,” says Irwin. “I can load up to 4 logs at a time. When I’m done loading logs I pin the upright back into its vertical position. Then I wrap a chain around all the logs and under the skidder’s tongue and use a chain tightener.
“I’m amazed at how much the ATV can pull. Most of the weight is on the skidder’s wheels, so all the ATV has to do is pull. Before I built it I made a model out of wood just to see if it would work and to see how much wood the 4-wheeler could haul. I spent about $1,000 to build it.”
Irwin says he’s willing to build the log skidder for others, or tell them how to make one. “I’d be glad to provide drawings and measurements. I think it’s a good idea and I just want to share it with others,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Charles Irwin, 1901 Onionville Rd., Martville, N.Y. 13111 (ph 315 564-6381).
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