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RT Crane as yarder

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by Jtarborist, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. Jtarborist

    Jtarborist New Member

    Jan 21, 2017
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    Im considering converting a Rough Terrain Crane into a yarder. We do a lot of roadside clearance back 1000'. I considered a yoder but most are steel tracked and not good for asphalt. The crane would also be great for crane removals around houses. Has anyone done this?
  2. northmanlogging

    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

    Jan 17, 2012
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    western washington
    Take a long hard look at how much line a rough terrain crane can hold, most only hold a few hundred feet, once you raise yer boom you've lost 100' already, leaving you only 200-300' to work with tops.

    Then figure on needing 2 drums.

    Then figure on needing some sort of guyline system, the load of yarding is completely different then standard crane work, the angle of the line is such that most of the force is sideways instead of straight down so the counterweight and outriggers of a standard crane are pretty much useless.

    Now haveing said all that, its not impossible. I've heard of folks doing it, but it never seemed to work that well.
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