Log Trailer

There's a few factors to consider when selecting a winch for urban logging. What size you need will greatly depend on the size of logs you're going after and potentially planning for even larger logs than you're expecting now. The short answer is to buy bigger than you need and not worry about it as much. The cost difference between the different capacities isn't very large. The only downside is as the capacity increases the winch gets heavier but if you're not moving it around and leaving it bolted to your trailer, this isn't really an issue.
I frequently get questions regarding the dimensions and construction of my loading arch.  I've put together this page to illustrate the details of the arch for reference.
I few months ago, I finished work on modifying an old equipment trailer to load and transport logs.  In the time since I've used it a number of times and have come up with a few improvements to make things simpler and more convenient.

  I drew up the mount in Sketchup to see how everything would look and figure out where the hole should go. These are the shackles that I bought to use on the trailer.  They are rated for 4 tons and have a 7/8" pin. The shackle mounts...

The more I got into making my own lumber, the more I really needed a trailer.  For years, I had want my own trailer outfitted with a loading mechanism.  After building the mechanism, including the new arch mounts, I took the trailer out to pick up some large ash logs that were listed on craigslist for firewood.  I hauled them to my backyard, cut them into slabs, and stacked them with all my other slabs to dry.
The more I got into making my own lumber, the more I really needed a trailer.  For years, I had want my own trailer outfitted with a loading mechanism.  This mechanism is an extremely low cost option for loading and handling small and very large logs.

The more I got into making my own lumber, the more I really needed a trailer.  For years, I had want my own trailer outfitted with a loading mechanism.  When I had the money, I picked up this old equipment trailer which needed a good...