Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: south east Michigan
I have chain hooks connected to my bucket and we got a pre cut chain with hooks at both ends at lowes I think it was $30 for a 20 ft, we cut it in half and all we do to move logs is the a chain at each and and hook it to the bucket.
it took a minute to figure out a good routine, the wife is quite a logger by now, there usually is one spot where either the ground or log is not straight to give you enough clearance to throw a chain under the log or roll the log over the chain, once you got a chain on lift and throw the other chain at the opposite end,
it is much easier in 2 people otherwise I'd have to get out the truck a bunch of times, tons were about $100 ea, and some of my logs were too big around anyways
thing about your tractor, I don't think hp is the important factor, I have a jd 310 and while some of my logs were heavy enough it barely lifted it the bucket wouldn't curl, it was kind of tippy and I do have a backhoe on the back for counter weight.
on a regular farm tractor that will be your issue, a large counter weight may snap your front axle if it was not meant for this kind of weight
some of the largest logs I moved a 10 ft chain barely wrapped around the thick end leaving me a few links left to tie it to the cup, that is aprox 9+ ft circumference you do the math, I bucked them all at 110 inches, they were all cottonwood, not the densest but full of water, not sure how pine would compare I never cut one down, you could buck them shorter depending what length lumber you need.
as for sourcing logs I wouldn't pay money for it, keep an eye on CL, just the other day I came across a free pine still standing top storm damaged they come across from time to time you got to be opportunistic and pick them up when they come available not when you need them, if all you are trying to build is chicken coops any log would do doesnt even have to be pine