This year we started burning wood in our wood stove from some of the downed trees on our property. I was working near the edge of the woods, cutting stuff to length and tossing it into the loader bucket to carry it out to stack and split. Now I need to get a little deeper into the wooded property to get at the down trees. The other day I didn't feel like pulling out the chainsaw and figured I could just drag some wood over to the firewood area to cut later. I have hooks on the loader and choke a log then hook it onto both hooks (so I'm not pulling on just one side) then drive backwards to drag it out. It worked well.
...but, that's not a good idea, is it? The loader isn't meant to be pulled that way, I imagine. Could it cause some bending or warping? I'm guessing, potentially, yes. The tractor really wasn't working too hard and I had no trouble pulling anything out, but there must be a more "correct" way to do this, right?
I'm guessing the three point hitch is what I should be using, because it's meant for pulling. The lift the loader gives is a great mechanical advantage; can the limited cat 1 3PH lift high enough to help? I suppose it depends upon terrain and how tightly I place the choker. Something to try, I guess.