Homemade Log Skidder

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Homemade Log Skidder
Moving logs can be accomplished with less effort using a skidder. (logs in frost image by Andrew Breeden from Fotolia.com)

Clearing your own land of trees and brush is n efficient and economical choice. A hedge trimmer and chainsaw will make quick work of the unwanted plant life on your property. One problem with clearing your own land poses the problem of moving the logs that are left when you fell the trees. Small trees can be moved by hand. But, larger logs will require a little assistance. An improvised log skidder i perfect for moving logs from place to place.

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Things you need

  • Plastic 55 gallon drum
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Drill with 3 inch hole saw
  • Log
  • Large with hooks on each end
  • Lawn tractor or ATV
  • Safety glasses
  • Leather work gloves
  • Safety shoes

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  1. 1

    Cut around the circumference of the middle of the barrel with the reciprocating saw. Discard half of the barrel. Place the other half of the barrel, open end down, onto the ground. Drill a hole through the top of the barrel with your drill and hole saw. Make the hole off centre, about 3-4 inches from the edge of the top of the barrel.

  2. 2

    Lay the chain onto the ground perpendicular to the log at a point 3 feet from the end. Roll the log onto the chain by pushing it with your foot. Fasten the hook onto the chain so that it retains a tight hold on the wood.

  3. 3

    Run the other end of the chain through the hole in the barrel with the large opening towards the end of the log. Slide the large opening of the barrel against the end of the log, raise the other end of the barrel, and push it under the end of the log by at lest 3 inches. Pull the entire length of the chain through the barrel.

  4. 4

    Hook the chain to your lawn tractor. Start the tractor and slowly move forward to pull the slack out of the chain. Increase the throttle to pull the log into the barrel and drg it to the desired location.

Tips and warnings

  • Safety glasses, work gloves, and safety shoes are necessary when using power tools and when working with logs.

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