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lonestarjeff    Posted 08-10-2018 at 19:11:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Log drag rig
  • Has anybody made their own version of a logging pull rig to mount on or pull behind the N? We all know pulling heavy things from the 3-point can be tricky business, but we also know it can be safely done. I've seen a few versions in photos over the years, but never anything around here.

    Philny    Posted 11-21-2018 at 22:18:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Log drag rig
  • I had a good friend loose his father using an 8N skidding logs ,they truly arenít big enough for the job.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 10-13-2018 at 09:04:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Log drag rig
  • Jeff, when spending my early and teen years at an uncle and aunt's farm up in Houston County, my uncle was a pine forest logger. My cousin and I would skid the logs from where they were felled up to the log truck loading site and then with the use of pine "skid poles" attached to the trailer bolsters, we'd also load the logs onto the log trailers, using both an 8N Ford and a TO 30 Ferguson. The three point arms on the tractors had only the standard 11 hole draw bars with two log grabs attached to each bar to pull the logs by and no other specialized attachment. Those set-ups worked very well for as long as I can remember.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 08-22-2018 at 04:15:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Log drag rig
  • I have skidded out a lot of timber using the old fords and IH tractors using the three point hitch. I have tried a few methods and the best one that works for me is a 5' box blade with a chain hooked to the frame. You can back up to the log hook up the chain raise up the 3pt a few inches and the log end will sit again the blade. This method has a low impact on logging trails and by keeping it up a few inches you don't catch the log end on rocks/roots. When you get the log to the landing just unhook and you can use the box blade to push you logs into place. When using a 9n/2n you will want to employ some kind of position control because you only want the 3pt a few inches high not all the way up.

    Here are a couple other methods I have also used. They also worked but not as well IMO.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 08-16-2018 at 08:08:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Log drag rig
  • I made this decal. It seems to work better for me.

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    lonestarjeff    Posted 08-16-2018 at 22:24:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Log drag rig
  • That's great sticker for all tractors & trucks!

    lonestarjeff    Posted 08-12-2018 at 17:54:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Making do
  • Okay, I had an idea using stuff I already have, so I rigged this up.....

    It works pretty good so far. Need to figure out something more permanent for a swivel.

    AL CT    Posted 08-13-2018 at 15:29:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Making do
  • I've used a set up like this. The hook that I used worked so well that I could lower the unit, the fork would open and upon lifting would grab the log. Same for releasing the log. I think your strap needs to be shorter. Experiment.

    Jim    Posted 08-15-2018 at 21:02:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Making do
  • Looks good but I would not pull much of a log from the 3 point as you are prone to flip the tractor over backwards, Put a draw bar in the lower bracket, lift the log and chain tight to that draw bar.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 08-16-2018 at 22:06:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Making do
  • I use this hook rig for the heavier drag loads,

    ....but the arch & log tongs are much quicker on the smaller loads.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 08-13-2018 at 15:42:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Making do
  • Yes, I agree, shorter would be better. Ideally, a link welded to the arch, or a heavy duty eye bolt would make a good swivel. It works great though, like you said drop it on the log & grab it.

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