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Philbert

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Last year I bought one of these. It works very well.
I was thinking about how that large round would tear up the grass, etc, as dragged in the video. I recall seeing an ad for a slip sheet type device recently, that they were using to tow logs, rocks, even disabled snowmobiles, etc. Might be good to place under the large rounds. For the life of me, though, I cannot find that ad, or the YouTube video; only find ones dragging the thin tarps that would rip up pretty quickly with any kind of load. This one looked like it was made out of a flat, heavy, plastic sheet. Possible to make one, I guess, but this was a commercially available product.

Maybe someone else knows the product that I am trying to describe?

Thanks.

Philbert
 

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I was thinking about how that large round would tear up the grass, etc, as dragged in the video. I recall seeing an ad for a slip sheet type device recently, that they were using to tow logs, rocks, even disabled snowmobiles, etc. Might be good to place under the large rounds. For the life of me, though, I cannot find that ad, or the YouTube video; only find ones dragging the thin tarps that would rip up pretty quickly with any kind of load. This one looked like it was made out of a flat, heavy, plastic sheet. Possible to make one, I guess, but this was a commercially available product.

Maybe someone else knows the product that I am trying to describe?

Thanks.

Philbert
The more grass I kill the less I have to mow. lol
Google rock boat. I made a skid for dragging rounds out of an old piece of sheet metal with the sheet metal switched between 2 2x4's on the pull end and pull it that way with my lawn mower. It's about 7 feet wide and about 9 feet long and I can fit quite a few big rounds on it at a time. If you have the tools and fab tallent I would make a lift like the gorilla log lift but make it more heavy duty for lifting big green rounds. The gorilla lift has a weight limit of 250 lb's. I would also make the boom longer so the upright is farther away from the splitter. I tend to bump my elbow on the upright of the boom because it's too close to the splitter for my taste. But it does work quite well for what it does. I like to half the big rounds before I lift the green ones and by putting the flat side down on the beam it's much easier to handle the pieces as I split them off.

I bet you could make a good skid out of an old car hood or trunk lid.
 

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Google rock boat.
'Stone sled' was the term I saw most frequently in my search. And many ways to do things. The product I saw (maybe it will show up now in my FaceBook feed since I searched for similar stuff) looked like a flat sheet of heavy gauge plastic (type?): in the vide demo, they were dragging / towing large rocks, logs, etc. over grass and dirt, and even a 'disabled' snowmobile across a lake. I am sure that one could easily be made, with access to the right plastic. Looked like a heavy duty product - too bad people can't find it even when they are looking for it!

Philbert
 

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'Stone sled' was the term I saw most frequently in my search. And many ways to do things. The product I saw (maybe it will show up now in my FaceBook feed since I searched for similar stuff) looked like a flat sheet of heavy gauge plastic (type?): in the vide demo, they were dragging / towing large rocks, logs, etc. over grass and dirt, and even a 'disabled' snowmobile across a lake. I am sure that one could easily be made, with access to the right plastic. Looked like a heavy duty product - too bad people can't find it even when they are looking for it!

Philbert
I don't use mine very often. Like I said the more grass I kill the less I have to mow.
 

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'Stone sled' was the term I saw most frequently in my search. And many ways to do things. The product I saw (maybe it will show up now in my FaceBook feed since I searched for similar stuff) looked like a flat sheet of heavy gauge plastic (type?): in the vide demo, they were dragging / towing large rocks, logs, etc. over grass and dirt, and even a 'disabled' snowmobile across a lake. I am sure that one could easily be made, with access to the right plastic. Looked like a heavy duty product - too bad people can't find it even when they are looking for it!

Philbert

Sounds like you need a “crazy carpet”


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I was thinking about how that large round would tear up the grass, etc, as dragged in the video. I recall seeing an ad for a slip sheet type device recently, that they were using to tow logs, rocks, even disabled snowmobiles, etc. Might be good to place under the large rounds. For the life of me, though, I cannot find that ad, or the YouTube video; only find ones dragging the thin tarps that would rip up pretty quickly with any kind of load. This one looked like it was made out of a flat, heavy, plastic sheet. Possible to make one, I guess, but this was a commercially available product.

Maybe someone else knows the product that I am trying to describe?

Thanks.

Philbert
I havent seen the item your talking about, but I would think those thick plastic pool liners would make a pretty good and tuff sled. As for limiting out the goriilia back lift, one of those $50 atv winches will out lift any round one would care to handle on a wood splitter. I have hoisted 40 in dia green white oak rounds on my splitter. Winch capacity isnt the issue, its the over hanging weight trying to tip the splitter you have to watch for.
 

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I havent seen the item your talking about, but I would think those thick plastic pool liners would make a pretty good and tuff sled. As for limiting out the goriilia back lift, one of those $50 atv winches will out lift any round one would care to handle on a wood splitter. I have hoisted 40 in dia green white oak rounds on my splitter. Winch capacity isnt the issue, its the over hanging weight trying to tip the splitter you have to watch for.
My gorilla back winch is 2500lb lift capacity. I agree, it's the limit of the size of the up right and cantilever that limits the lift capacity.
I may try and fab one that is much more heavy duty. But the gorilla back is a decent log lift. It does do what it's designed to do.
My countyline 40 ton splitter is pretty heavy and sturdy and it handles the lift just fine.
 

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FOUND IT!



Basically a HD version of a 'crazy carpet', or roll-up kid's sled: high density poly, or UHMW poly, depending on the model.

Philbert
That's pretty slick! Dragging something like that with weight on it is very abrasive so it would have to be very tough to hold up for very long. It's advantage is it's light weight and very flexible. If your dragging on grass or leaves it should last a pretty long time, but if you hit dirt or rocks it may wear out pretty fast. I would be concerned with where you tie on a strap. It may pull lose if it hangs up on something. Then again some plastics are very tough and resist abrasion because it's very slick. 99 to 300 bucks is a wide price range. Might work very well for what you want it to do.
 

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Dragging something like that with weight on it is very abrasive so it would have to be very tough to hold up for very long.
Anything will wear out. This looks more durable than the 'throw-away' blue tarps, and some other things. Looks like it would slide easier, and be more flexible, than a wood 'stone sled', as shown in their video. Another option to consider along with the many plastic sleds sold for ice fishing, game dragging, ATV use, etc.
'Free' discarded truck bed liner.
That is an option they suggest on their FaceBook page.

FWIW, I have no connection with this company, and have not personally tried one; just thought it looked like a good product for a lot of log dragging applications, especially, across lawns. Anyone could make something similar with access to appropriate materials: pallet slip sheets; cut-up tanks from IBC totes; a 'dead' plastic canoe; old shower enclosure; heavy plastic used to line hazardous waste dumps; plastic barrels 'stitched' together; etc. HDPE is used for a lot of things, but hard to find in longer lengths, unless you know of some specific industrial applications or 'recycled' / re-use source.

This one is ready made, and the design looks well thought out.

Philbert
 
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