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Everything posted by rgeparker

  1. Ah ok, fair enough! That Fordson would look great in the woods!
  2. Seriously nice trio of tractors there! Do they get used much nowadays?
  3. At the risk of sounding like a complete novice... what is the purpose of double drum winches, compared to the seemingly more common single drum variant? Quite a few of you guys seem to use the double drums, and I see a lot of the old County's etc with them on...
  4. I see... definitely don't want that happening! Hi Bennovet. Thanks for sharing pics. That's a nice looking set up. Do you use it for winching trees over, swell as skidding? If so, how does it cope? Would you sell the Major and Winch together? And if so, what sort of money would you be looking for? Feel free to PM me if you prefer. Also, whereabouts are you situated? Thanks. Rob.
  5. Makes perfect, logical sense when you think about it.. hence why more weight on the front is preferred when winching I guess. Thanks
  6. Hi Openspaceman. Thanks for sharing this. Very interesting and informative post. Couple of winch related horror stories there too... certainly pays to 'play it safe' as best you can. I've definitely been put off the older type units now, at least until I have sufficient experience to get the best out of one safely. Would you consider the higher pull of an A frame type unit to be an advantage or disadvantage for assisted direction felling? Many thanks. Rob.
  7. Ok, thankyou. Thats sound advice.
  8. Ok great, I'll certainly bear that in mind. Do you have any pics at all?
  9. Fair enough. Ill look into that then. Thanks John.
  10. Fair enough. Ill look into that then. Thanks John.
  11. Posted my last reply before I saw this! Obviously, it's only fair that SlackMaGirdle has first refusal on these, but if he doesn't, I may be interested John.
  12. Ah ok, that makes sense. I'll have to look out for some Fordson front weights then!
  13. Hi TimberCutterDartmoor. What would be your winch recommendation for said tractor, for assisted directional felling? (tonnage etc). Cheers. Rob
  14. n Sounds ideal John. Did you make up the frame yourself? Any pics? Hi Slack Ma Girdle. That looks like a beauty! Nice wide footprint and beefy rear tyres... bet you get some good traction with that set up? Do you find that the 3.5 tonne winch is powerful enough for what you do? Be interested to see the videos you mention.. where can I find them? Cheers. Rob
  15. Thanks for sharing this. Looks just like the setup I have been thinking of. Very tidy looking tractor too! New Performance Super Major? Did you do the restoration yourself? Hi John. Was it an old Major that you were running that winch on, or different? Guessing most makes of older 2WD tractors in the 50hp range would handle winches in the same way?
  16. Thanks for the replies guys! Sounds like something modern in the 4-5 tonne capacity range should be compatible then. Difflock & Luftwaffe- as much as I'd like the electro-hydraulic models, I think they'll be way out of my budget, hence why I was looking at the smaller Uniforest models such as the 35M, 40E etc, as they're all manual control, and no electrics etc. Woodcutter3- thanks, some good points there. Having to have the PTO engaged to work the hydraulics is a bit annoying at times, but something I'll have to put up with until the day I can afford a bigger 100HP 4WD tractor! Out of interest, do you have any pictures of your Major/winches set up? Thanks. Rob
  17. Hi Openspaceman. Yes, I agree the Boughton/cooks would suit the age of the tractor, and I have seen many pictures of these types of set ups, which I'm sure work very well. But as you mention, lack of safety features etc draw me more towards the more modern equipment. As mentioned, the winch will be predominantly used for assisted directional felling. As far as skidding goes, I'd most likely use the traditional method as you suggest (winch in, pay out, then winch in again). How does this affect the winch size? Many thanks. Rob
  18. So what are other peoples thoughts on tractor/winch compatibility for my old Major then? Thanks. Rob
  19. That's my thoughts exactly John. Safety first, productivity second.
  20. Yeah, the newer type winches certainly LOOK safer to me, especially as you're able to position yourself away from the tractor. Thanks Bob. That does make sense now you mention it. I don't have any experience using the older type winches, such as the one in your picture? Although my tractor looks a very similar age and size to yours (Nuffield?).. With the newer type winches, I guess you don't need to worry about which way the rope is spooled, as they generally just have a straight butt plate that the weight is transferred onto? Unlike the older types with the spades? As a relatively inexperienced winch operator, I think I'd rather go for something that is somewhat foolproof, to minimise potential hazards. I appreciate that any type of winch used incorrectly can be deadly, hence why I'm doing as much research into the best combination for my tractor. Cheers. Rob
  21. Thanks John, I appreciate the advise. Cheers. Rob.
  22. Sounds like a sensible plan. That's one of the issues I was concerned about with running a higher tonnage winch on a smaller tractor. Don't want the nose pointing at the sky as soon as I pull the cable!
  23. Hi Bob. Yes, the old Boughtons look like great bits of kit, but like you say, finding one might be an issue. Plus, I think I prefer the idea of the more modern designs that are typically offered nowadays. Thanks. Rob


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