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Small Skidder

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by maddog, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. maddog

    maddog New Member

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    I cut cedar in northeast ky and also firewood. would like some input and pics of small skidders that would be good for what i need. thanks in advance
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    Deere 440's series a b c all good machines depending on how much abuse they have gotten.

    Timberjack in the 200's i.e. 206 210 etc

    Clark 664 or 666, though the 666 is more of a midsize skidder, and 664's are rare.

    Garrett,CanCar,Treefarmer all about the same (all licensed from garrett) garrett 10-15-16 or 21's CanCar/Treefarmer C4 or C5

    There are a few more out there, but more rare, Masey Furgeson, and Case both made skidders, Pettibone (If I remember they are the continuation of Treefarmer/Garrett)

    If you plan on going with a small skidder then your pretty much looking at line skidders I.E. winch and chokers, putting a grapple on a smaller machine can be done, but its really not meant for it and will increase the center of gravity to absurd levels.

    On the same note if you wan't a new skidder first they are stupid expensive and second no one makes a small one, Third they pretty much all come with grapples now. (If you do plan on buying new, can I have 20k its for a good cause...)
     
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    Marshy 285 Killa

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    The John Deere 440B skidders feel like a lot more machine than the A's. If you come across a C then get it. They all have amount the exact same footprint and weight. The C's had a little wider tire. Lots of people in the north east still use them.
     
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    Gypo Logger Timber Baron

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    image.jpeg It's hard to beat a JD 540, even a small sawed off runt such as myself is hard put to fit in the cab of a 440.
     
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    SliverPicker ArboristSite Guru

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    C5D with C6 axles, 5 cylinder Deutz with a grapple and winch. Works great. You can turn more with the winch than the grapple if you have enough chokers.

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    Northerner ArboristSite Operative

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    Cat 518. The most reliable and Efficient machine in its day. Still going on farm duty.
     
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    Wasn't the C longer? I know they could be setup with a grapple.

    Anymore a 648 is "small"... I mean shoot the 948 can about carry a 648 in its geapple.
     
  8. northmanlogging

    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    not sure on the 440c but the a and b if it had the powershift option will be about a foot longer then the psycho range version
     

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