I had a problem this summer, as I cleared my land in anticipation of converting more forest into fields, my bulldozer would snap chockers every time the trees I was trying to twitch hit a rock, stump or root since I was dry-dragging them on the ground. I needed a way to get them off the ground yet was limited by my bulldozers lack of hydraulics, pto or 3 point hitch. When I saw this log trailer at a dealership, I saw potential far beyond a log trailer.
What a handy rig! It is ideal for the small farm. I have run it a lot, got some numbers figured out, and got the powerpack unit for it, which intensifies its usefulness 10 fold. For those that do not know, the Wallenstein is a Log Trailer with a boom and grapple attached to it. The log stakes can be removed and a dump body put in its place. The grapple can be swapped out for a small back hoe bucket, and it can also be used as a post hole driller too. Because of the powerpack; a small engine driving a hydraulic pump, it can be attached to anything with a hitch; tractor, bulldozer, SUV, truck, or even an ATV.
The trailer can handle 5000 pounds (1 cord) but only has stakes for 1/2 a cord. I am going to extend the stakes a bit higher so that I can at least get 3/4 of a cord on it, that way I save a few trips out to the wood yard. With it however I can get 4 cords out per day cut at 8 feet. I get $80 a cord for my 8 foot pulpwood making for a decent work day pay off. As for fuel, I consume about 2 gallons of fuel doing so as everything is run at an idle. In that respect it is a very efficient mover of wood and I have pulled out 100 cords with it so far. Normally I pull tree length out at 1/4 cord per turn, in 5th gear in 4 wheel drive. With the trailer I can do so at 1/2 cord, in 7th gear (out of 8) and in 2 wheel drive.
I have also pulled out a few truck loads of 12' spruce logs, many large in diameter at about 500 bf per twitch. It has done really well at this and the log loader, though small, handles the big logs easily. Clean logs, making 3 trips to the yard per day instead of 10...$1200 in 3 days time using less than 8 gallons of fuel...what is not to love?
Here are a few pictures of it at work. A pretty handy rig. I even use it to move big round bales as it can easily grab them, pick them up, and put 3 on the trailer and roll away with them.