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Moving logs with back hoe?

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by Rosss, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Rosss

    Rosss ArboristSite Operative

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    A friend has given me space to set up a bandsaw mill at his acreage.

    He has a back hoe. Can anyone tell me about moving logs with back hoe? Put pallet forks on it or?

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    Chain grab hooks on the back/top of the bucket. If they are real big probably would want to get the weight on the rear wheels which generally are larger.
     
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    Recon it might depend somewhat on how many you’re going to be handling there!
    Chaining or choke ring logs to lift, I’d keep the chain angle 60 degrees or steeper.....maximum Lift capacity if one hooks off the back of the front bucket the fulcrum advantage will lift more/ watch that radiator & front end though.

    What I have to use pictured, is a set of roll in forks.... & the 4 in 1 or clamshell to grasp or pinch the logs. With these style forks ...in doing fine percussion work the bucket blocks your vision some.
     

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    ArtB ArboristSite Operative

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    Does the backhoe have a thumb?

    Mine has a hydraulic thumb, just grab, lift, set in place.

    Even a fixed thumb is good, you can add a fixed one for a few $$ if you have a welder and some scrap iron.
     
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    I have a 4 in 1 bucket on mine that works great for loading logs.
     
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    We move a lot of 14"-18" logs with our old Case 580 and welded a set of forks out of 4" tubing and bolted them to the bucket. It's fast, safe and easier than choker/chain.
     
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