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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 9/27/2009

I've mentioned in previous posts that one of the (many) benefits to embarking on something as insane as building a new house is that one occasionally gets to do Fun Stuff. And one of those is buying new toys... er, tools!

I've been wanting to clear up some logs that were at the bottom of a rather steep hill near the entrance to Tanglewood for a while now, but after struggling with them a bit, I quickly realized that most of them were just too danged heavy for me to move on my own. The few that were light enough for me to lift I couldn't actually move safely--the hillside is mostly slippery gravel offering little to stand on, and if you were to actually lift anything you'd begin sliding down at various rates of out-of-control. And slipping/sliding in an out-of-control manner down a hill with a heavy piece of tree in your hands really isn't as much fun as it sounds, oddly enough...

So that meant it was time to buy a winch for my pickup! I'd used a couple of winches back on the family farm in Missouri growing up, and so was familiar with their utility, and fortunately back when we'd bought the pickup truck it had come with a fairly heavy duty winch mounting bracket. So I poked around a bit online, thought about what I'd need in terms of features, and did what many folks hereabouts do--headed to Harbor Freight and bought a fine winch for about half the price of the ones online.

It's a good winch, with a capacity of 5,000 pounds--not the heaviest one they sell, but more than enough for the logs I was after. It took me most of the afternoon of the 26th to get the dang thing mounted (of course the existing attachment holes weren't in the right locations, and of course I had to drill new ones in the mounting bracket, and of course I broke about three drill bits since I didn't actually have any bits made to drill through heavy gauge metal) but it eventually all got done.

So I spent a quality day today hauling logs up the side of the mountain and turning them into firewood for the Great Firewood Pile.

Pics are below. This was very hard work (and it's not quite done yet) but dang this was fun!

Steven in Colorado Springs


The winch, nice and secure in its mounting bracket. It's got a good positive-control hook on the end and roughly 80' of cable.
Some of the logs at the bottom of the hill. These just can't be left down there--that's good firewood that is!
More trees and logs. That's a lot of wood, but I just can't leave it down there to rot--'taint right.

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