pickup 100" logs


A friend of mine just bought 3 acres and is giving me dibs on several nice trees before he builds. I have a truck capable of taking the logs to the mill, but does anyone have any suggestions or cheap techniques for lifting 100" logs into a pickup? In the past I had the mill semi come out, but that cost me 100 bucks.
Thanks,
Todd
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Let em fall directly into the truck.
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But be sure to take video and send it to us...it'd be worth the price of shipping!
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If you win a prize on AFV, it might pay the replacement cost of the truck!
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or, worst case, the broken or damaged body parts.. Mac
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A frame and come along. Come along to a tree ahead of the truck, A frame legs stepped into the front corners of the bed. Slip hook chains on the logs.
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Get yourself a Cant Hook. They sell them at Lee Valley - http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&cat=1,41131&p 118
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For $72.50, he might as well get the semi to come out. Besides, I don't see how that cant hook is going to help. I don't know if they're actually different, but what I call a timber jack has a piece a the end so that when you rotate the log over, it is held up a foot or so. The cant hook Lee Valley has seems to be useful for moving logs on the ground into position by rolling them.
I was thinking more along the lines of some of the other posts. The A-frame/winch seems like it could work.
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Yeah spend $97 on the hook and save a whole $3 and all the fun loading the logs onto your truck!

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If your friend is building, maybe they'll have a decent sized backhoe around. They make a good crane if the logs aren't too big around.
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<<for lifting 100" logs into a pickup? >>
Hate to be a dummy but is the 100" the length or diameter? So how long or wide are they?
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LOL. That would be one hell of a pickup if that was the diameter.
Whatever you do, I'd take the tailgate off the pickup if your method would otherwise involve putting a lot of weight on it.
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The OP really didn't SAY what kind of truck, which makes a big "X" factor in the problem.. *g* Mac
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Standard length of a pulp stick. Sawlogs are generally cut at 102-104.
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Todd the wood junkie wrote:

Man, break out the feckin' crowbar and pay the 100 clams. You'll blow a whole day jerking around with some jury-rigged, angle-iron contraption hooked to a rusty boat winch, stealing glances at your unread copy of "All the Knots You Need" and wondering why in *the* hell you didn't have the mill send out the semi.
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You're crackin me up, and you make a good point. Sometimes I just need someone to tell me I'm being a cheapskate.
I went out to the site last night and noticed a nice tall black cherry (easy to identify without leaves). Tree was approx 30" in diameter up to about 14-16' where it split into two nice sections of about 18" diameter each. Total of about 60' of millable logs with a nice big crotch section, and to your point, I don't want to ruin that with a broken arm or worse.
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30" diameter by 16' long in black cherry is about 2500lb. Are you gonna lug that or an 8' (~100") at 1250lb in the back of your pickup? And push it around by hand?
Pay the $100.
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IMHO, "several trees" sounds like a lot of loads, unless you have a huge truck... When you figure your time, wear and tear on the truck, and fuel, if the mill is more than a couple of miles away, $100 sounds like a great deal.. Mac
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