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3-Pt Log Lifter Speeds Wood-Cutting
"I can cut four to five full cords of wood a day, compared with one to one and a-half when I was moving logs by hand and cutting them all on the ground," says Peter Silver, pleased with a labor-saving 3-pt. mounted log lifter he built for use on his 30-acre woodlot near Napanee, Ontario.
The hydraulically operated log lifter pins to the 3-pt. hitch on Silver's 1975 International 966 tractor. It has two 3-ft. long forklift-style forks which slide under logs. A heavy-duty hooked clamp at the center of the frame is pushed down by a hydraulic cylinder to hold the log securely in place.
"I've lifted 60-ft. trees 2 ft. in dia.," Silver says. "I find the approximate center of the log, lift it to waist height, and quickly cut a big pile of wood. Besides saving a great deal of time and back strain, it also saves a lot of wear and tear on my chain saw because I'm not hitting the ground or rocks as I was before.
"As a bonus, I've found it works reasonably well for moving 4 by 5-ft., 950-lb. big round bales. You back up to the end of the bale so forks slip underneath it, then lower the clamp into the center. It's particularly handy for loading bales onto a trailer, but the clamp can damage some hay so you've got to be careful."
Out-of-pocket expense was $600 (Canadian).
Silver also made a handy cutting gauge for his 039 Stihl chain saw. It lets him cut wood with greater accuracy.
It consists of a 12-in. length of marker rod off a snowplow. Silver marked off the rod with electrician's tape in three increments, factoring in the saw's 6-in. wide motor, so he can cut 12, 14 and 16-in. logs to within 1 in. simply by using the taped rod as a guide. The gauge bolts in an existing bolt hole on the left side of the saw.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pe-ter Silver, Silver-Acres Farm, R.R. 1, Napanee, Ontario, Canada K7R 3K6 (ph 613 354-0103).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4