I am looking for plans to build a log loader, or looking to find one that would not cost an arm and a leg. Does anyone have any suggestions?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor S:
I easily load logs using the winch on the front of my truck. Basically, I hitch the trailer to a ball I have welded/bolted to the side of my winch carrier and run the cable through a snatch-block on the side of the trailer opposite the logs I want to load, then over the log and back to a chain that's hooked to the shackle holding the snatch-block. The log rolls right up the ramps (oak 5x5) on the side of the trailer. I've loaded logs up to 500 pounds this way.
I also use it to move heavy logs by locking the legs spread out a little further apart than for straight-lifting, and set it forward to the center of the log, as the log will move forward when pulled with the hoist. The chain is around the middle of the log.
The trailer will rear up until the tail hits the ground, then the log and trailer will come together and the log will raise a couple of inches onto the trailer. I then remove the quad pod and re-attach it to the log a couple of times to bring the log farther onto the trailer. As the log is loaded, the trailer will come down slowly. Make sure to have the trailer chucked! This works really well and its pretty easy. I can haul up to a 34" 17' log.