You can make your own log hauler from a horse-drawn hay rake.
I have a Polaris 50OCC ATV that I have been using for several years. Skidding logs has been one of the toughest jobs I have to do. I thought a log arch would be a great asset, but it seemed too expensive for my operation.
I decided I could make a serviceable log arch from an old horse-drawn hay rake. I simply cut the frame to narrow it up. I made the width a little wider than the ATV so the wheels would avoid ruts made by the ATV. The piece cut off the frame is used for the main beam of the arch. Braces from the rake were cut and reused.
The hitch is formed from 3-inch channel iron and plated on each side for strength. This was the only welding I did for the whole project. All the other fastenings were bolts and, in many cases, I used existing holes. I did use a cutting torch for the cuts, but I could have used a hacksaw.
The result is an inexpensive and serviceable piece of equipment. It has increased my log skidding capability far beyond my expectations. The large-diameter wheels not only provide elevation, but also easily move over low stumps and downed timber. And I can maneuver it by hand in the woods to avoid trying to back up while hitched to a towing vehicle.
Carthage, New York
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