Log Loading Winches for Small Trailers
I hope you can visualize that process as the log is pulled up two skids onto the trailer. In the direct fashion, I've loaded by hand with my trusted peavey and a couple of wedges. Itís better if you have a nimble footed helper moving back and forth to keep the wedges moving along the skids. Make sure the upper ends of the skids are well anchored. The secret here is to take your time. You may need to drive the cant of the peavey into the log with a whack of an axe.
From contributor J:
I have loaded many logs using a hand winch mounted on the front of my trailer. I usually use two ramps on the side. I use two oak 2"x8" 12 feet long. Make sure you use something substantial to hold the weight of your logs. If the logs are under 20" I usually just use a cant hook to load as it is quicker. For the bigger logs I stretch the cable out. I place a snatch block in the center of the trailer to run cable through. I hook snatch block to suspension on the opposite side that I am loading on with a chain. Run the cable through a block over the top of the log and go underneath back to the trailer. As you crank the winch the log rolls up the ramps. Make sure your cable is very close to the center of the log or it will slide sideways going up the ramps and possibly come off. A powered winch would be quicker but it really doesn't take long with a hand winch. Be careful!
From contributor K:
Attached is a picture of a hoist that I made and attached to a tandem trailer. I plan to install a hydraulic winch instead of the manual winch.
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