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Re: using a tractor to pull or haul logs safer

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01-13-2014 03:51:37

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Good Lord! There's about 3 people so far in this thread that have actually ever pulled any wood out with a tractor! But man, they love to give advice.

The Massey should be fine. The loader will be in the way for woods work. Probably best to take it off if the tractor is going to be mostly for the woods. You can't pull the wood out in reverse, not gonna work if there is any mud/snow/ice/hills or weight to the logs. Eith er pull from the drawbar or a 3 pt draw bar. The mounted drawbar is safer, but you won't be getting any traction. A drawbar on the 3pt will add some weight tot he tractor when you lift the log, but it *could* make it tippier IF you get too much weight on the back. Until you get some time on the tractor the factory drawbar is probably lots safer.
There is no way you can possibly back over the log, hitch it to the 3 pt in back and loader in front and get it out of the woods. You might be able to do that with a 4" pole, but not a 16" log and I don't know why would want to.

An 8n is no more or less "tippy" than any other tractor. 99% of the tippy factor comes from the guy in the seat.

Best of luck.

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01-13-2014 07:24:26

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 Re: using a tractor to pull or haul logs safer in reply to Bret4207, 01-13-2014 03:51:37  
Bret.......I agree 100%; been logging for at least 55 years (starting in my mid-teens)....always with a farm tractor. Started out with a MF "50"; have always used a three-point hitch drawbar with a good chain or logging tongs. Of course the front end is gonna come up a little, but I've never come close to having a pulling accident.
Not putting the op (or anyone else) down, but if one's experience level is so low that you've having to ask directions from folks you've never met, I'd suggest hiring it done.

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01-14-2014 04:16:59

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 Re: using a tractor to pull or haul logs safer in reply to thurlow, 01-13-2014 07:24:26  
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Probably a good idea. Some of the posts here might work on level, sandy ground. On clay with ledge, rock, stumps, swamps, hills and cliffs...not so much.

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