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    Long Distance Uphill Log Retrieval

    Ok folks so here is the deal. The home that I bought this past June has a wonderful water feature (see: mucky, dirty & muddy pond) in a gully for lack of a better term. There is no access to it besides going down hill and on this hill there are many down tree's that I would like to cut, split & season for my future wood boiler.

    Short of hooking up my tractor to each tree and pulling and tugging as best I can on a 90* angle to the logs due to the driveway and land layout. Do any of you have a better solution that I am simply missing?

    The problem solving side of me thinks setting up a block on the far side of the driveway high enough to avoid dragging and to redirect the pull seems like it would work in theory. Before I go out and spend $400+ on bull line and blocks I thought I would consult the masses.
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    My first thought was a logging winch for the tractor.
    Not seeing exactly what you are talking/describing makes visualizing it a bit of a challenge. How long a hill? Does the drive you mentioned go down the hill or are you talking about a hill that has no access other than walking down it. If you have a long enough straightaway at the top you could use a long cable with some breakaway pulleys and pull the logs to the top but you would have to have as much room/distance to drive the tractor as the length of the hill/cable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furu View Post
    My first thought was a logging winch for the tractor.
    Not seeing exactly what you are talking/describing makes visualizing it a bit of a challenge. How long a hill? Does the drive you mentioned go down the hill or are you talking about a hill that has no access other than walking down it. If you have a long enough straightaway at the top you could use a long cable with some breakaway pulleys and pull the logs to the top but you would have to have as much room/distance to drive the tractor as the length of the hill/cable.

    Yeah I tried to explain it the best I could.

    The hill is roughly 100 yards. There is no other access except to walk down it.

    Perpendicular to the hill there is another one. Picture the driveway horizontal to the hill cutting it in half. Best way to explain it.

    I was afraid you were going to say a logging winch, unfortunately that isn't in the cards at the moment.
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    Can you post some pictures for us to reference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Can you post some pictures for us to reference?
    I will get some first thing tomorrow morning.
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    I don't know the official logging term, but it sounds like you need a tall tree at the top of the hill with a big pulley on top and a cable running down to the logs to pull them up.
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    Here is a panoramic picture that is on the short side of the hill. My 2520 is on the driveway and you can somewhat see the hill on the opposite side.
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    So in relation to your tractor in the photo, where are the trees you wish to pull?

    The thing to remember is that farm based tractors are not logging machines. They can be adapted to the purpose, but really arent intended for it.

    Look up log skidding cones, that might be helpful if you have to drag them any distance.
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    X marks the spot. The blue blob is my pond.

    I will take a look at the skidding cone as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    The thing to remember is that farm based tractors are not logging machines. They can be adapted to the purpose, but really arent intended for it.
    So I'm starting to rethink this whole process. Logistically it's looking like using my tractor isn't going to happen.

    So......

    After a bunch of searching around I am thinking about making a capstan winch similar to the one below. The problem is that it's $1000+.

    I have a Honda 160cc mower engine that I could use for one. Anyone have any idea how to make a gear reduction box or where to get one?
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