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homemade skidder Pictures Added!!!!!!!!!
« on: April 01, 2008, 01:14:55 pm »
Hey Yall I saw a really cool homemade skidder the other day it was built from a '67 chevy 2 ton truck. The front axle and T-case were from a 50 something army duce and a half the arch was from a 440 deere skider and the winch which was run off the PTO was from an old crane. It still used the truck cab minus the doors, they left the windshield which I would have replaced with cage wire but it's still a pretty cool rig I took lots of pictures I'll post as soon as I figure out how.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2008, 05:18:24 pm »
i was contimplating using an old duce and a half truck a while back, for only 4,000 there was a place near my house i could get one, but i found that they didnt have power steering, so that would be bad.
Although i look forward to seeing some pictures.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008, 10:52:28 pm »
Well, seeing as you guys are talking about homebuilt skidders I'll just have to show you the one I built.  I have to scan the pics yet as they are actual photos.  Finally just found my pics now so, I'll get at it tonight.

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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2008, 11:13:50 pm »
I'm looking for an old duce to use for a log truck my current one is only a single axle.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2008, 08:02:54 am »
I sure am waiting for the pictures ;) ;) ;D ;D 8) 8)
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008, 04:40:57 pm »
Well here it goes.  When I was 16 I worked for a farmer on my summer hollidays.  He had this old Versatile tractor  sitting out in his line up of equipment.  He never used this tractor anymore as it was too small for his operation.  He claimed that the tractor was just simply wore out.  One day, after eyeing up this tractor for several weeks, I asked the farmer just out of the blue how much he wanted for the tractor.  He says "Well I don't really know.  Let me think about it for a while.  What would you want that old thing for anyways?"  Well, I told him what I thought it would be good for.  Yup, a skidder.  He kinda gave me a bit of an odd look and says, "how about this?  I'll give you the old tractor to build into a skidder on one exception.  You come skid some logs for me when it's built.  Use my shop to build it if you like.  I'll even help you out."  I was totally in my glory. ;D

  The tractor is a 1968 Versatile 118 with a 118hp v6 Cummins diesel with a  9-speed forward, 3 speed reverse, transmission.  Into the lower part of the transmission Versatile also incorporated the 4-wheel drive splitter box.   This  transmission was pressure lubricated and lubricant was cooled by using the transmission as a reservoir for the power steering system from which the oil was returned to the transmission through an oil cooler and filter.   1000 RPM live PTO and 3-Point Hitch as well.

We' mounted a blade, a skidding arch, and built our own clumsly looking winch.  We also made a few guards and put a roll cage on as well.

 

 

 

This old girl is retired now.  It does however still run well but needs a new clutch, new rubber, and one planetary.  The winch works as well as the day we built it.  Have never seen one pull like it does.  Haven't had a log it wouldn't pull.

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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008, 05:09:44 pm »
I'm looking for an old duce to use for a log truck my current one is only a single axle.
One like this? ;D
 
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008, 06:40:38 pm »
I'm looking for an old duce to use for a log truck my current one is only a single axle.
One like this? ;D
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Didn't we just see a different picture of this truck  ??? ??? ???

Wasn't it white  ??? ???   :D  :D
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008, 07:37:06 pm »
Yep...here it is. :D  Look at my trailer to the right of it. :(
 
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 09:01:08 pm »
thats a sweet home made skidder you made, coon. what kind of engine does she have? and how much did it cost to make her...and time? that would be a sweet project to work on.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008, 09:13:37 pm »
Coon,

I like your skidder..any more shots of that winch?  I would like to know more about that.

Thanks.

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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2008, 11:41:17 pm »
Well with two of us working I'd like to say about 20 hours each.  We had some problems getting the winch to work the way we wanted it to.  At the time I think I had about $500 invested in the unit.  I recycled most of the steel used in the project.  The blade cylinders only cost me $50 at an auction. 

The winch is hydraulically driven and is a two speed.  We had to gear the winch down to about 6 to 1 to get the speed and power we wanted for the pulling  of really big logs.  In the higher speed I think it is geared 3 to 1.

Sorry that is all the picks of the winch I could find.  I will take some more pics this summer when I go to start the ol' girl.  "Curly Sue" is gonna get a new set of used shoes.  I also found a planetary I also need to fix her up.  Then she'll get a new clutch when she gets home. 

 
The tractor has a v6 Cummins diesel and a 9 speed forward and 3 speed reverse transmission.



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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2008, 11:55:28 pm »
Ya I want one just like that!!!! it would look great with a set of log bunks.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2008, 12:05:40 am »
Coon  thats a real nice skidder. love to see some pics. I'll try to post mine tomorrow.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2008, 07:46:49 pm »
sorry guys couldn't find the cable for my camera. I'm going to take it to a friend tomorrow he says he can post them with just the memory card.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2008, 09:54:03 pm »

 i,de sure like to see those pictures.. :'(

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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2008, 10:05:33 pm »
hey delbert tomorrow I promise.
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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2008, 09:40:17 am »
My cousin has a 6X6 ex-military truck that he wants to sell.  He and his son made a project out of getting it on the road.  I believe it has a gas engine which gets about 4 or 5 miles per gallon.  But as much as you can load on the thing it will carry.

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Re: homemade skidder
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2008, 06:10:37 pm »
I've got a friend thats got an old Duce 1/2 thats for sale if anyones interested. It's a Reo from '50's or '60's Gas job real good condition. Was a fire truck, no body new tires and batteries, located in Franklin, Maine. I think he's asking about 2200.

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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2008, 06:29:35 am »
Here's a link to the Duce if anyones interested.

http://maine.craigslist.org/grd/637068092.html

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