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    I want to be able to pull out larger saw logs from yards with the mini. I boosted a pair of back tires and rims from a Craftsman mower out of my friends junk pile headed to the scrap yard.

    I made this drawing up in my design program . Anyone build one, or have a better idear?
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    How thick, long, and heavy are you aiming for?

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    Light. I want to be able to lift the end of the long log with the mini, move it under to wherever I please, grab the other end with the grapple and drag it out.
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    I was planning on a single 3 inch wide channel for my log beam. With a trucker strap for securing the log welded to the beam. Haven't gotten around to finishing the project yet though. The golf cart front axle works extremely well FYI.

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    look up butler box...they sell tree supplies...boxes, stakes, tape....nursery supplies, carts etc
    , ive gotten several dollys for moving boxed trees, they work great and they have good clear pictures in the catalog,
    i have 1 at home i could give you some specs off of, when im home next week

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    Post up a picture of the axle you're working with, please.
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    It'll look something like this, carl.
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    I think Paul has one, maybe he'll chime in.

    I'm thinking a little different now, probably want the log sitting inside the width of the tires, to some extent for low COG. Pretty easy build really, was just wondering if anyone had one they made and like. Plus for the sake of conversation.

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    I'd build a log arch before I built something like that! http://www.google.com/search?q=log+a...w=1024&bih=653
    If you plan on using the grapple on the mini for one end, just make an arch with the tires on the outside then have a winch or chain (you can pick that end up with the mini and attach it). Then one end is supported, grab and steer the other with the mini!

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    I'd probabley go with an arch also . You could get the rear spindles from something like Ford Escort and I imagine they would be heavy enough unless you had in mind hooking a 5 ton oak log or something huge . I have no doubt though that they could handle a ton .

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