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.
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
I was thinking more along the lines of some of the other posts. The
A-frame/winch seems like it could work.
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.
Bob AZ 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.
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.
IMHO, "several trees" sounds like a lot of loads, unless you have a huge
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..
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