Little Tractor Firewood Hauler

 

 
posted by Cutter

09-26-2006


Little Tractor Firewood Hauler


Since Don is posting his log splitter, I will post my miniature firewood hauler. I am tired of running a wheelbarrow from the splitter to my back porch so this winter I will try using my little tractor. I don't really think it will be very much easier but I thought it might be more fun.
1. First thing was to extend the little 3 point hitch; I picked this special piece of channel because of the color.
2. Then I built a little tower sort of a thing. Note the contrasting colors.
3. Next I made a frame and hinged it to the angle iron on the bottom of the hitch.
4. And put an expanded metal floor in it, supported the back end with chains.
5. It folds up out of the way so as to allow me to use the tractor for other purposes without the need to remove it and to allow for more compact parking as my back yard has no spare space so every few square feet is valuable, especially since stray baby tractors have taken to following me home.

I think I will need to use beefier s-hooks and I have some purtier chain but what I need to know from you guys is this: what do you think of the color scheme?

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09-26-2006
posted by rmack898


Nice use of colors there Cutter. I agree that you might need to upgrade the S hooks, but need to caution you that the new tech S hooks and old school chain don't go together very well. Maybe you can find a vintage set of larger S hooks. Other than that, looks like it should serve your needs
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09-26-2006
posted by lwhiway



Quote:
I don't really think it will be very much easier but I thought it might be more fun.





What other kind of reason would you need? Seemed valid to me from the get-go. After all, I'd rather build a smaller mower than make wider gates.

Cutter that's nicely done and looks like you followed a detailed dwg. to make it.

Have you put any thought of making a hanger on the tractors lower front for the addition of the nose
weights yet? You'll be pulling wheelies before you know it.
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09-26-2006
posted by tigman250


Quote: Originally Posted by lwhiway
Have you put any thought of making a hanger on the tractors lower front for the addition of the nose weights yet? You'll be pulling wheelies before you know it.




no need for a weight bracket.......just wheelie bars!

nice job cutter
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09-26-2006
posted by King of Obsolete


WOW EH!!!, nice job and you can also use it to give kids rides or ladies too, LOL

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09-26-2006
posted by JWS


No need for weights up front, build another version of this wood hauling bracket and load rear, then load front until it is back on the ground. Nice work Cutter.


 




09-26-2006
posted by Bob_S2


If weight does get to be an issue, get some 3.99 "lowest price ever" 10 inch HF wheels (GASP!) and mount them on the end with some threaded rod. When it's down you can adjust it so that the wheels are just barely off the ground. That way, when someone is actually on the tractor with a load of wood, they would be in contact with the ground.
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09-26-2006
posted by RED caddy


Nice job, Cutter. I really like that "old school" Faux rust look, was it hard to do???? RED
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09-26-2006
posted by madam X


Quote: Originally Posted by lwhiway
You'll be pulling wheelies before you know it.




Don't forget the seatbelt and roll cage.
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09-26-2006
posted by cutter


Quote:
Originally Posted by RED caddy
Nice job, Cutter. I really like that "old school" Faux rust look, was it hard to do???? RED



I think I need to add some blue to it somewhere so it blends better with my splitter.  I mean, this really clashes terrible!
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09-26-2006
posted by cutter


Quote: Originally Posted by King of Obsolete
WOW EH!!!, nice job and you can also use it to give kids rides or ladies too, LOL


thansk

 


I'll have to get some helmets for that!
What I do intend is to use it to move some medium to heavier things around as need arises. Two or 3 weeks ago I bought a parts washer & unloaded it in the garage because I was in a hurry -needed to get back to work - so when it came time to move it back to the shop I wished I had built this thing so I didn't have to dolly it through the house (direct route) or or all the way around the sidewalk. It really wasn't that much of a burden but the bigger my bald spot gets, the lazier I become.


 





09-26-2006
posted by Garth


nice piece of work Cutter. may just have to make one myself and the color scheme works for me.

 




09-26-2006
posted by 1911man


AW com'mon cutter, you know a fine patina of rust goes with anything! That's my story and I'm stickin to it


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10-01-2006
posted by digr


Thats using your noggen Nice job!
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10-01-2006
posted by lwhiway


Quote: It really wasn't that
much of a burden but the bigger my bald spot gets, the lazier I become.


Get you some of the rattle can knock-off of the Ron Popiel "hair be there" spray paint in the Paint Dept at WalMart. Won't do much about lazy, but it will confuse the guy at the satelites console.
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10-04-2006
posted by Silverback


Huh I like the concept, but unless my sense of scale is way out of whack (mind you, this is
someone that has reinforced his big wheelbarrow and added a solid tire because it flexed too much
fully loaded and one good bump would blow out the tire, Ive also hauled full big wheelbarrow loads,
probably around 900-1000lbs of crushed rock till the wheel barrow and the 2 guys helping shovel the
stuff in gave out), Id be afraid that its just too small, and will end up being more work then just
using the wheelbarrow because its smaller (more trips), lower, and harder to put the stuff in and
out

OTOH, I think that green and rust go with blue
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10-04-2006
posted by Jim-TX


cutter, where around Lubbock do you find wood big enough to need a splitter?

 




10-04-2006
posted by cutter


Quote: Originally Posted by Jim-TX
cutter, where around Lubbock do you find wood big enough to need a splitter?




1. Deadfalls, in alleys or sometimes just stacked at the curb waiting for someone to claim them.
2. Or at Garland Kimball's tree trash stack lot out on south University.

For my stove if it's more then 6 inches in diameter, it needs to be split and if it is seasoned elmwood then splitting will knock that useless thick bark off so it will burn more efficiently with less ash.
Welcome aboard, Jim & thank you for posting your location.

 



10-04-2006
posted by Jim-TX


Quote: Originally Posted by cutter

Welcome aboard, Jim & thank you for posting your location.




Thanks. I saw a link to this board from the Miller board. Lots of good info on both. I hope I can
contribute a little.

 



10-06-2006
posted by lwhiway


Cutter, every time I see an engine lift for a shop floor, I can see it morphed with a 3pt of some type
and fitted to our lawn/work tractors. There has to be a future there with that type of addition. As the
pics are showing, others are adding tools and equipment to double and appearing to triple the
normal weight of the tractors.

With some frame beefing up I think it is a do-able affair and without the addition of extra rear
wheels for the lift. Maybe an out rigger leg or 2 at the most for a stationary lift, but that's about it.

What are your thoughts?

LW
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10-06-2006
posted by cutter


Quote: Originally Posted by lwhiway
What are your thoughts?





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