Originally Posted by firefighteremt153
Im interested in the parbuckling method. Can you tell me more about that?
This is not something everyone should try. Many men have been badly hurt (or worse
) loading logs without the proper equipment and experience. What I am suggesting here can be done, but please be careful.
Parbuckling won't really work well with a high sided trailer, you need a flat trailer. This very crude sketch is one way guys do it (the attached picture is the way I
load logs, a skidsteer with pallet forks
) Of course upon posting I see the pictures are out of order.
I will try to explain this the best I can. The winch line is ran through the snatchblock, over and back under the log and attached to the fixed anchor point. I have done this just a couple times and found you get your cable stuck under the log on the trailer once it is loaded. I used a chain hooked to the fixed point so that once the log was on the trailer it may be laying on the chain but you can unhook that and have your winch cable free. It is kinda an elaborate setup for just a few logs like you are probably going to haul.
I good winch will drag them on the end. Take a bunch of 2x's with you to get the log up out of the dirt (the ends dragging in makes for hard pulling) if you don't have small logs like you mentioned for rollers. Those walnuts on the trailer weigh 1000 lbs for the small one and 1500 lbs for the other one. The sycamore will weigh about the same.
Another way to load from the side without a winch is the other crude sketch. Run the cable around the log and roll it up the ramps with the truck.
Heck even 2 guys with peavies (log peavey) and long ramps (to make for a lesser incline) can hand load a trailer. I have done that too. But you have to work together, one guy holds the load while the other gets a new bite for the next push...again potentially dangerous, scratch that, positively dangerous.