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Tractor Skidding Winches
« on: December 06, 2009, 08:40:34 pm »
Thinking about buying a skidding winch for the 3pt hitch on my tractor. Just looking for some feedback from those who own or operated one. What brand seems to be the most durable/user friendly. The winch would be mounted on a 90 hp 4wd kubota.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009, 08:47:20 pm »
I use a Farmi winch on my 95hp Kubota tractor. There is no better winch made.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009, 08:55:48 pm »
I used to run 2 farmi JL601's on 2 belarus 85 hp tractors. Ran them for 4 years before I bought my first skidder. I think they are one of the best ones out there. I heard fransgaurd winches are real strong to.
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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 10:29:46 pm »
Have a 3rd hand used Farmi winch, works flawlessly and is built real strong.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 05:11:14 am »
Gday

I have had a smaller farmi winch since i was 18 which was built in the 70s im the second owner I think its rated at about 2or3 ton cap and has had no dramas at all winching and skidding out two 24" butt 55' long logs out mounted on my chamberlain loader in the past and its still on the original clutch pads which ar only about 10to20% worn so she still has plety of life left in er  ;) ;D 8) 8) 8)

The previous owner used it consistantly over a 15 yr period for skidding out hardwood logs for his small parttime sawmill opperation that supplyed his fencing business  ;)

Like Jasperfield and Mark i think you cant Beat em  ;) ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8)

Ive only had one drama which was breaking the top linkage bar  a couple of times trying to pull three decent size logs  at a time But that was because i was over doing it the whinch dint flinch though ;) :D :D Ive fixed that one tho as i replaced the std linkage with a solid steel job  ;) ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 07:15:13 am »
Have logged upteen thousands of ERC trees and some big hardwood with our Farmi winch.  It is an outstanding piece of machinery.  When oiling the chain be careful not to get oil on the clutches. ;) ;)  Fingertip control too.  I pulled hard enough to lift the entire tractor into the air one time.  MF165 diesel.
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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 07:36:30 am »
I use the farmi also and it's done everything I've asked of it.
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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2009, 07:38:09 am »
I have used my Norse winch hard.My Father and me twitched out alot of good size white pine with it.I still use it now,but no where need as hard.It's living an easy life now.Been using it for 15 years on a 40hp 4wd NH.Have never repaired it yet.It's an 450 with a hinged butt plate.They all do just about the same job.Just like all of the major brands of tractors or trucks,chainsaws.I think this is one of the few things that there is no junk out there that is made,that I know of.Like there is some brand of 4wd 20 hp tractor out there for $5000.That 90hp should really do the job.Is this a business venture?What kind of wood will you be cutting?Been around a 3pt winch before?
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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009, 12:27:35 pm »
I have a smaller Farmi that is on its second tractor.  I has served me well over the past 30 years and we are still working on the original clutch.

A friend has a Norse winch that has given him good service for the past 20 years.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009, 01:39:04 pm »
I have a Wallenstein that has worked great for me.  Heavy use for 2 yrs so far.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2009, 08:57:53 am »
Hey....Thanks for all the info everyone. I am thinking about a Farmi JL501. It is rated for 40 to 60 hp tractors. It has 11,000 lbs of pull. The tractor I plan to put it on is 90 engine hp/80 pto hp. I hope this won't be a problem. The next model up is th jl601 and is rated for 60 to 150 hp tractors and costs about $2000.00 more. I think the 601 would be a little excessive for me. Just plan on pulling mainly firewood out of my own woodlot for now. If anyone runs a jl501...what size tractor are you running?

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2009, 10:19:12 am »
HI THERE,

I saw this post and thought I'd let you know that I've seen a guy posting a lightly used JL601 on CL here in NH for the past 6months.  Not sure if it might be worth looking into.  He's got picutures posted of it.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2009, 06:22:44 pm »
I had been using a 501 on a 45 hp. Mahindra for about four years prioir to buying a skidder.  I mostly pulled fire wood, but have pulled a few loads of logs.  I guess it depends on what you are planning on doing.  If you just want to pull fire wood and a few logs then go with the 501.  If you are trying to get more production then go with the larger winch.  In the long run I would suggest spending the money, as the Farmi's hold value well.
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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2009, 08:57:56 pm »
I think the clutches are adjustable, and can be set to slip before a higher HP tractor will damage the winch. However I would verify this with someone more knowledgeable, or with the dealer...

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2009, 04:48:26 pm »
Farmi works well for me and my Kubota 45 hp tractor. Be sure to pull straight back, not to the side, or you can easily overturn the tractor.
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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2009, 05:32:06 pm »
i have a farmi 351/ 350p(solid blade, i can never remember the number) on a 40hp JD 990 with the tires set as wide as possible. moved  a lot of wood with it in the last 5 yrs. haven't had any big problems just the usual annoying little things like cable breaks. with my tractor i end up doing a lot of buckig in the woods to get things down to a movible size. a firend of mine has a 80 horse NH. He had a 501 to start with dicided to get a new winch and went with a fransguard he's been happy with both   

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2009, 10:51:10 pm »
I have run a Farmi 501 on a 100hp+ tractor (966 IH) for over a year now.  The clutch is designed to slip befor the winch will be damaged.  I bought it new and have used it pretty hard pulling out hardwoods with a lot of 18" - 24".  It would handle enoegh to make the front end of the tractor dance with a 1000 lbs. on the weight bracket.  I have not had to adjust anything on it since it's been delivered.  I feel it's a fine piece of equipment and built to last.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2009, 09:32:28 am »
I have been looking to buy a skidding winch for my tractor. I have been looking at the farmi and the uniforist winch the Farmi is $70 cheaper but the uniforist includes slap guard and has 65 ft more cable also is 200 lbs heavier and the dealer has both. Is there something that I am not seeing to influence my decision to which one to buy.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2009, 11:11:17 am »
Are you sure your looking at comparable models of the Uniforest and Farmi winches? I bought a Uniforest 35E mainly because it had very similar capabilities as the Farmi 351, but was $300-$400 cheaper, even before adding the safety screen to the Farmi (a $250-$300 option on the Farmi).

Even in the larger sizes than what I purchased, the Uniforest is cheaper than the Farmi. If the Farmi had been close in price, there is no question I would have bought that instead.

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Re: Tractor Skidding Winches
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2009, 09:07:25 pm »
I have a farmi 351P, on JD 4400 30 pto hp. have had no problems. Would look at remote control if working alone and or rough ground. This will alow you to follow logs roll them if hung up or before that happens without walking back and forth to clutch rope. I tie on extra rope pain keeping out of way, and pick up.