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9 hours ago, Woodwanter said:

that's down to grip though, not necessarily HP. its always funny to watch when a digger pulls out something that a tractor cant!

It is a combination of balance in that the dozer blade, which must weigh a couple of tons on its own, is well forward and the hitch point is well down so that there is no lift at the front when the pulling starts.

Also it is a very long stroke engine and each of the four cylinders is three and a half litres which means a massive amount of torque can be fed in gently at low revs.

The two tractors wheels were spinning not only because of lack of weight and lack of traction, but also because their maximum torque came in at higher rpm.

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I know you have a digger as you said that in the original post, i was looking at youtube and taught it might be ideal for your situation, i am sure you could build something like it

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7 hours ago, IRE David H said:

I know you have a digger as you said that in the original post, i was looking at youtube and taught it might be ideal for your situation, i am sure you could build something like it

That is a good idea.  I was interested that he seemed to need to turn the logs a certain way.  Perhaps the pine is easier to split than my hardwoods but it would be cheap for me to have a go.  The JCB has a lot of force when the dipper is pulled in and I have a heavy duty trenching bucket which I do not use so I could cut the back out of it and sharpen both leading edges and have a double blade!

I could just try that first to see if there is enough power and then put an extra hydraulic service and build the log grab if it looked promising.

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