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ATV-Mounted Logging Arch
Tom Allison, Orofino, Idaho, made this handy logging arch that slips into a 2-in. receiver hitch on back of his Kawasaki 650 4-wheeler.
  The logging arch is made from 2-in. tubing and is fitted with a Harbor Freight electric winch that’s mounted on top of the arch. A 1/2-in. thick steel bangboard is welded onto the base of the arch to keep logs from damaging the back of the ATV. A turnbuckle on back of the arch extends down to the receiver hitch and is used to take strain off the arch.
  “I use it when cutting firewood and even take it on camping trips. It can handle logs weighing up to 600 lbs.,” says Allison. “I use a remote control to operate the winch. I back up to the log, then raise the nose of the log off the ground and wrap a chain around it.
  “I also built a similar receiver tube setup for spooling barbed wire out the back of the 4-wheeler. It works slick, too.”
  On the same 4-wheeler, Allison welds on 1-in. tubing to extend the rig’s front and rear racks 9 in. He then covers the oversize racks with plywood and carpet.
  “It adds a lot more room to carry stuff,” says Allison. “I can haul just about anything I want on the racks, including chainsaws, toolboxes, air compressors, etc. The chainsaw’s bar slips into a wooden case that’s fastened to the plywood, while the toolbox screws down to the plywood. I use bungee cords to hold other things down. I keep a tractor radio on the front rack.”
  He also added a 2-ft. high vertical steel rack onto the rear rack. It’s used to strap on various items including the remote control for the logging arch’s winch. “By removing two wing nuts I can flip the rack forward down onto the seat and slip by low hanging branches.
  “With the vertical rack in place I can even haul deer out of the woods,” says Allison. “I lay the deer across the rear platform and tie its feet together between 2 short vertical prongs on top of the rack.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Allison, P.O. Box 86, Orofino, Idaho 83544 (ph 208 816-0775).  

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5