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Old 02-07-2008, 09:46 PM
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I made this for lifting my larger logs, I dont have a machine to do it for me.

It is made from 3 10' 4x4 posts chained together at the top, a harbor freight hand winch is mounted on one post with a garage door pully at the top of the post to guide the cable.

It is good for logs up to 6' tall





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That looks practical. I like your cart too.
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Thanks for posting the photos!
Someone posted a description of a similar contraption on the Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild forum. I think your hand wench is an improvement over the come-a-long


How's this thing for moving about after standing the log up? It looks pretty heavy so I imagine you'd be scooting it one leg at a time.... ?


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Twoclones, I roll the log where I want it to be then stand it up in that spot the hoist will not move with the log on it.

Or I get the big hand truck under the log and roll it where I want, disconecting from the hoist.
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How about the tripod it's self? It looks pretty heavy. Do you have to scoot it around one leg at a time or can you lay it down and drag it away?

I'm seriously considering making one of these for myself and your hindsight would be appreciated.

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I set the tripod up at the spot I want to hoist the log then bolt the chains to the posts with the legs spread out, then I push one pust up and the rest drags along until it is upright.

For moving it a few feet I walk it along one post at a time.
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OK. I hadn't imagined that you were unbolting the chains to deal with the tripod but that does make sense. I'm thinking of a quick disconnect modification for my own model. Lets see if I can explain it.

Each leg would have a welded eye-bolt long enough to go all the way through the leg and have a short chain [maybe 2 links] on the nut end. That chain would have a hook, like from trailer safety chains, on the end. Now rather than unbolt things, the safety hooks can be removed from the eye-bolt for disassembly.

Well, I'm going to Nevada for a couple of weeks. Hopefully this will still sound like a good idea when I get back.


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Default Re: Portable log hoist

It sounds good to me. Hooks work just as well.

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Great idea, I like to see how others do that necessary part of carving.
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Boy this is an old thread, resurrected by spam it looks like. (not you Don)

Anyway after using that hoist for about a year or so I bought a folding engine hoist and mounted some larger pneumatic tires in the back after welding on some axles.

I left the outriggers with the small wheels that came with it so my trailer can back right over.

When it is folded up it rolls easily on the big tires.

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