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    Block and Tackle Question

    Good Morning!

    I'm still hung up on these big maple trees that we're getting ready to cut down. I can't decide if we should keep all the lumber or not.

    So one of the issues is how to move the logs from where they fall to where they're out of the way until I decide what to do with them. We don't have any tractors or earth moving equipment, and I can't get our 1/4 ton truck close enough to be of any help.

    I'd like to figure out a way to move them ourselves, simply, and inexpensively. I figure each log could weigh as much as 1000 lbs. We're 3-4 of us. So I was thinking, why not a block and tackle?

    My question is, it seems to me that when you use a block and tackle, as you pull on it, the pulleys move closer together. So if you want to move something a big distance, do you have to keep stopping and repositioning the pulleys to pull them apart?

    If anyone has any other brilliant ideas for 3-4 of us moving logs say 50', I'm all ears. There's gotta be a way.
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    two cant hooks and roll them or pull them with a chain under them and back to the truck anchor chain to solid object run it under log and over the top to the truck pull till you get to where yur headed it will roll it like rolling pin if you are in the center of the log. best way is with a tractor. or two vehicles one on each side depends on the log length and size of it one truck can roll alot of log..
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    Easy. First buy a lathe and chainsaw. Then simply move the logs one bowl blank at a time!
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    have the guy who cuts them down move them for you.
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    he doesn't have the equipment. he goes up the tree like a monkey--no big machinery.
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    post a pic of the trees in again, so i can get a idea of the size,, whats the bottom measurement of the tree diameter?
    here is a pic of one i had cut and it was rolled around alot by me and my brother with cant hooks..
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    Well then you have to pay someone to cut them up into boards then move them to where you are going to store them, stick and stack and cover for 2 or more years.
    I find it a whole lot easier to buy rough kd stock directly at the mill.
    Maybe if I had cherry and walnut trees I would but not for maple or oak.
    I don't really care about getting turning blanks or maybe I'd think different.
    If your tree guy cant get rid of the tree plus all the branches I'd pay a few bucks more to get someone who does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    post a pic of the trees in again, so i can get a idea of the size,, whats the bottom measurement of the tree diameter?
    here is a pic of one i had cut and it was rolled around alot by me and my brother with cant hooks..
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    They're all between 2' and 3'. Like 2' 4", 2' 10", 3' 1". It's (only) 3 big leaf maples. I'd like to keep the bottom, say, 15' of each. I can get him to cut them into say 6' length so it's easier to manage, and I'm okay with shorts. The bottom part and the knotty/burl/weird parts I'll cut out and save for my Family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Well then you have to pay someone to cut them up into boards then move them to where you are going to store them, stick and stack and cover for 2 or more years.
    I find it a whole lot easier to buy rough kd stock directly at the mill.
    Maybe if I had cherry and walnut trees I would but not for maple or oak.
    I don't really care about getting turning blanks or maybe I'd think different.
    If your tree guy cant get rid of the tree plus all the branches I'd pay a few bucks more to get someone who does.
    Bob, the tree guy can rid of it for me, but I want to keep them for now at least. If I get a portable sawmill person to come, I still have to move them to a different location for him. He can't set up right where they fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    post a pic of the trees in again, so i can get a idea of the size,, whats the bottom measurement of the tree diameter?
    here is a pic of one i had cut and it was rolled around alot by me and my brother with cant hooks..
    32"x10ft long ash....
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    Larry if you and your brother could move that, then 4 of us should be able to move mine.
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