Sunday, March 30, 2008

Our Log Trailer

We have been looking for a trailer to haul saw logs with. We found this one at a local farm auction. This is just what we were looking for cheap but rugged and double axle, 4' wide by 18' long. It didn't have a floor, so that gave me the opportunity to put on timbers which would put the load above the wheels for easy manual loading and unloading, also they increased the width to 6'. We will start cutting trees tomorrow at my mamas and the trailer will allow us to haul the logs home as we cut.

Cutting timbers using my home built sawmill attachment.
I made some threaded brackets to bolt the timbers to the frame. They clip into place on the bottom of the frame.
Log trailer with movable loading ramps. (I put the removable uprights on after I took this picture)

Monday, March 24, 2008

My Wife Is The Greatest

I've gotten a little behind on my blogging. With the time changing the other week, now I knock off at dark, come in and get ready for bed so that I can go to work the next morning. That has cut into my blogging time. :(
I just wanted to share with you something my wife done for me last Saturday.
I have been looking for a cheap trailer that I could use to haul logs with and there was going to be a farm equipment auction in our home town last Saturday. We rode out and looked at what they were going to be auctioning and found "my trailer". The only thing was that I had to work the day of the auction and would not be able to be there. I was trying to think of someone that could be there for me when my wife said she would go.
I don't know if you have ever attended an equipment action before, but to tell you my wife would feel out of place, would be an understatement. She insisted that she could handle it. Farm auctions are mainly attended by older to middle aged men of the farmer/business man type. My daddy has farmed all his life so I've been to a few of these auctions. I think even I would have felt a little intimidated biding against some of these guys.
She and my son were there at 9a.m. when they opened. It was a cool rainy day, and she stayed till about 2p.m. when they finally auctioned "my trailer". She had two other guys biding against her but she won it at $275. When she called me to tell me that she had won it, I was more proud of her than I was of getting the trailer. I am truly blessed to have her.

My beautiful wife of 14 years.

What she was up againstOur trailer

I'll post more about getting the trailer ready for hauling logs later.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Almost Done

Were almost done with the trees at the church. We have a few more stumps to cut and clean up a little and we will be DONE!

saw logs The longest are 17' and the shortest are 8.5'

Loading them on the rackHard workers cleaning up

Friday, March 7, 2008

Still Cutting Trees

The old adage"it will take twice as long and cost twice as much" has been reverberating in my head the last few weeks. It seems as if "Murphy" has paid me a visit. Three weeks ago I stepped down off the logs on the log rack and twisted my ankle pretty bad. Then last week I spent two days in the bed with the flu. I told you that to explain why I'm still cutting trees. :(
I've got all but three cut down at the parsonage. Now I just have to get the logs up and clean up. That will probably take my two off days next week. Then I can move on to my mama's house. What I was hoping I could do in two weeks is looking more like four or more weeks.