TIPS & HELPFUL ADVICE
Practical Advice : The Skidding Cone Kit
Among all of our forest harvesting equipment, the skidding
cone kit is often considered a great starter kit. In fact, the pulling
plate, the Kevlar cable, the corner block and the skidding cone
will become part of your standard equipment to go to the woods and
you will use them every day. This kit no doubt offers the best price/performance
ratio on the market. Wood harvesting has never been so simple, and
doing it without jeopardising your personal safety !
But lets briefly see why. First : the ATV. Besides
its versatility, this machine has great pulling power which easily
compares to drum winches (electrical or mechanical). And generally
speaking, the power of drum winches decreases substantially as the
cable winds up. Use of an ATV eliminates this loss of power. In
fact, the power will remain the same from the beginning to the end
of skidding ! Furthermore, the operating speed (75-90 ft/min) of
an ATV can only be found on powerful industrial level agro-forestry
The key is a good network of trails. Have main trail
that will be upgraded so you can travel with heavy loads without
sinking.. Another network of smaller trails, off the main trails,
will provide easy access to every point in your woodlot.
All these trails will be used for winching with the
ATV. Thanks to the use of a corner block, it is possible to maximize
the ATV pulling power while increasing the life of your Kevlar cable.
To do so, just position the pulley as high as possible so that the
ATV can benefit from maximizing the lifting effect on the log. The
pulley will also allow you to skid logs out of dense forests while
keeping your ATV safely on the trail. You can even use more than
one corner block at a time. The automatic tripper, easily ajusted
on the rope, will make the rope come out of the block at the appropriate
time and the log will change direction.
To skid logs, you already know that use of a skidding
cone increases safety for the user. In addition, did you know that
use of a skidding cone would contribute to maximising the pulling
capacity of the ATV ? Generally, the use of a cone will double the
ATVs pulling capacity ! And this increase in power will be
even more obvious in harsh ground conditions. Furthermore, the cone
can be used all year around. In fact, it can be just as efficient
in the snow. The fact that it makes travelling easier will allow
you to do more work on the trails, even with snow. Naturally, it
is recommended to use the skidding cone with a snowmobile!
Important : the corner block must be facing the
stem to be skidded. This will prevent the cable from accidentally
coming out of the block. Should the cable happen to get dirty, you
can clean it by placing it on a driveway, and hosing it down with
water. You could even use the washing machine !
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