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all this talk about fire wood got me thinking someone has to have a cool idea how to use the rear lift as a log skidder/lift. Lifting the end keeps it from digging into the dirt. Any cool inventions out there?

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I used to have a 16 hp Gilson with duel ag tires on the back. It had a boom that mounted on the back using the tiller attaching points. It was about 4 feet in the air and about 2 feet behind the tractor. On the end of the boom was attached a come-along. Would hook the come-along to the tree butt end, lift it off the ground, and then skid the trees out of the woods. Worked good till I snapped off the axle shaft. I guess those duel aggies gripped a bit too much. Steve

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I've been yanking logs around on the Fornaro Compound for eight years or so. yank 'em with a chain, set them up with short cross pieces like Lincoln Logs to get them off the ground. A couple of times, I used the hitch and a short chain to lift the front end of the log. Almost raised the front end, and steering became sketchy. Maybe I'll get a set of log arches. They are advertised in the Northern catalog. The wheels of the arch carry the weight of the log, and the tractor only has to pull the weight. When they say "a set", they mean that there's a log arch for the back of the log also. The whole log is readily moved on wheels.

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