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What Tractors Are You Guys Using

What tractor do you guys use for lifting the big logs? I have a Mahindra 4025 with the 233 FEL and I met a lot today that we could barely lift. 3 grown men standing on bush hog and an operator on tractor. we got it done but it was a 3047# log on a loader with a max capacity of 2800#. Thinking maybe an older backhoe?

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I'm using a 1959 Case 210B.
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No log hauling tractor, but we have a lawn tractor, craftsman T3000.. 2 years, zero problems so far.. a lot more grass and bushes than trees.. I need to build a lawn cart someday soon.. that might be my winter project..

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really?

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No log hauling tractor, but we have a lawn tractor, craftsman T3000.. 2 years, zero problems so far.. a lot more grass and bushes than trees.. I need to build a lawn cart someday soon.. that might be my winter project..
The question was about a big enough tractor with a FEL (front end loader) to move heavy logs, and you post up about a lawn tractor...? HUH?



I have used my John Deere 4710 for some logging, but I don't think it would lift 3000 lbs based on these specs:
http://www.tractordata.com/farm-trac...tachments.html

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yea I didn't have a trailer at the time the Mahindra was purchased big enough to haul anything larger than the Mahindra. now I do and wish I had the bigger one. nit doing tractor work for hire I had to go with what I had stuff to haul it on. think I'm going to end up buying a used backhoe off craigslist.

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well a few years ago, I had the chance to buy a John Deere 4wd 210C backhoe loader. I can lift 5,000 pounds with the loader and about half that with the rear bucket. I can stack a 1/2 cord of wood in the front bucket. I use the rear boom and bucket to lift and stack smaller logs on an old running gear wagon with a cradle built on it. (I have about 20 acres of woods here on the farm. )
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I mostly skid. my '49 8n with a 3ph scoop works well. put the end of the log into the scoop and chain her in. haven't had a log yet she couldn't pull. for lifting, I have a ford 3600 w/dunham lehr loader, doubt it would lift over a ton though, running off of internal hydraulics.


will have a challenge coming up soon, maple about 40" dia from neighbors. can't skid through their yard, have to trailer will have to keep them short.
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I figured out that I can lift easier by taking off the forks or bucket and use chains in such a way that it doesn't damage the loader. this takes the weight of the forks off completely and gets the log closer to the tractor so its not way out there making leverage to raise rear of tractor.

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I used chains

I bolted some hooks to the ends of the bucket and then used chains wrapped around the logs. This puts the weight closer to the tractor, increasing the leverage.
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