I have a question about trailer loading. Previously, I have been having a neighbor load my trailer with his tractor. This will obviously not always be available. I have been reading the posts about winches. As I have no experience whatsoever with winches, does anyone have photos they could post of this process and a description. I have quite a few logs I want to get out and am tired of pestering my neighbor. I appreciate your help.
From contributor B:
NovaJack is a Quebec outfit that has many ideas about loading logs in a small scale operation through the use of winches. Also, I've seen one site where they hook a loose chain to the front and back of a flatbed trailer. Then they hook a come-a-long to the middle of the loose chain (after its looped over the log) and the other end to a point on the other side of the trailer or a tree etc. behind you. That way you're out of harmís way.
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.