Build an All-Purpose Straddle-Wheeled Log Hauler

This straddle-wheeled log hauler carrier suits wood and other heavy loads that should be carried rather than dragged.

| September/October 1985

Some heavy loads should be carried rather than dragged . . . and this carrier suits them to a tee.

To the staffers at MOTHER EARTH NEWS Eco-Village, the contraption pictured here is a log hauler . . . and with thousands of linear feet of timber under its belt, so to speak, it would be difficult to contradict that name. But if you don't have occasion to move logs, don't write this simple straddle-wheeler off, because it can come in handy hauling anything from pipe to engine blocks.

Building the Straddle-Wheeled Log Hauler

As you can see from the photos and drawing, the frame is nothing more than a skeleton made from lengths of 1-1/4 inch Schedule 40 iron pipe and 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch square tubular steel with 1/8 inch walls (11 gauge). Two spindle assemblies cut from the front end of a junked car serve as convenient axles for the wheels (which, together with the brake hubs, were mates to those spindles), and a hand-operated cable winch fastened to the top of the frame eases the chore of lifting heavy loads.

Check out a downloadable enlargement of the log hauler construction illustration.

Once the cargo is hoisted well off the ground, belly chains at the front and rear of the steel spine secure the load to the carriage . . . and the entire assembly can be pulled (by hand) or towed to its destination.

The first thing you'll want to do before jumping headlong into this project is to secure the spindle and wheel assemblies. The only prerequisites here are that:

michael garaflo
12/27/2012 3:37:52 AM

I had one I could not sell, and had no room to store it through the winter, so I chopped it up, kept the wheels and sold the rest of it for scrap!

michael garaflo
12/27/2012 3:36:20 AM

Also known as a Texas Pipe Dolly or Grasshopper. Nothing new or innovating.

2/5/2009 6:30:17 PM

I know absolutely nothing about buying and using scrap parts. The few people around me who knew, growing up, thought I was too stupid to learn. I realize now that I'm actually fairly handy, if I can make myself be patient, and I enjoy the work. How can I find someone to teach me this stuff?? How do I ask so that I'm not being a pest, a bum, or a jerk, and what can I offer in return to make me feel like I've made it worth their while??? I find everyone who has these skills can already do everything I can do, and better-- gifts of food and such are cute and sweet but effectively about as wanted as Aunt Sally's 47th Fruitcake. It seems I have nothing to offer, and one thing I refuse to be is a moocher.

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