2 men 1 truck 4 500 lb logs. Suggestions.

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10-21-2014 03:14 AM

i have to pick up 4 logs tomorrow from a residential back yard. ive been given permission to back my truck up into the yard.

Each log weights approx 400-500 lbs. If you had 2 men and little equipment to get them onto a truck bed how would you do it?

My idea was 3 2×4’s and slowly ratchet strap them into the bed but this seems slow and inefficient.

How would you load them up with little equipment and 2 men?


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#1 posted 10-21-2014 03:18 AM

I would probably split them, then load.

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 03:33 AM

try this

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 03:39 AM

Topo – splitting isint an option, they need to be picked up on short noticed whole tomorrow morning.

Jim – That is essentially what I had in mind with my 2×4 and ratchet strap method I had in my.

Was just curious if anyone had a better method they have used in the past. Looking to not blow out my back tomorrow.


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#4 posted 10-21-2014 03:56 AM


If you can get a rope or chain over a tree limb or
something like that you may be able to hoist one
end and get a sawhorse under it…

I dunno. You can get a block-and-tackle or
come along for 20 or 30 bucks.

I’ve mostly loaded machinery and done some pretty
psycho stuff for a guy my size. You might surprise
yourself what you’re capable of.

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 04:06 AM


As a former big wall rock climber i have a plethora of ropes and pulleys and ways of pulling hundreds of pounds up a rock wall.

Unfortunately every oak tree in this yard were taken down. I’ve been given these logs, but need to get them out.

I’m hoping muscle will do, if i find a better way as we are getting them tomorrow I’ll shoot some pictures to maybe help others as we “muscle through” ;)


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#6 posted 10-21-2014 04:07 AM

How about a cherry picker?

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#7 posted 10-21-2014 04:09 AM

They must be small logs, 400-500 lbs isn’t much. I’ve split trunk pieces into firewood that started at over 200 lbs. Honestly for a 400lb log, 2 healthy men should be able to pick up one end at a time. But with a bad back, guess that won’t happen. Easiest would be a system of pulleys or a come-along on a boom arm. I wouldn’t trust ratchet straps unless they were really heavy duty, designed for that kind of weight. Lever would be easy if you can keep the log from rolling. With a lever, one man could pick up one end of a log while the other maneuvers it onto the truck. If you can get one end of the log into the truck, back the truck up a bit.

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#8 posted 10-21-2014 04:37 AM

A few good wedges and a 12 # maul will pop them in two very easily. Should be a lot easier than maple. Then, you should be able to lift or handle them easier.

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#9 posted 10-21-2014 04:54 AM

Stop by Home Depot on your way, pick up 2 “casual laborers”.

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#10 posted 10-21-2014 05:05 AM

Give Patron a call… He built all his shed almost single handed.

In the process used some unique lifting arrangments.
These may be of assistance to you.

Otherwise with 400lb go hire a tail lift truck hire trucks go anywhere pull anything and lift anything

-- Regards Robert

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#11 posted 10-21-2014 07:33 AM

If you can get a trailer so you don’t have to lift it too high it would make it a lot easier.

A technique I have used before with only 2 guys for logs like that is to make a sling with chain and a solid branch or pipe so you can each grab a side and lift together to get one end on the bed then work the log in from there.

If you have a stake to block the end of the log still on the ground you can reverse the truck to force the log into the bed definitely not the safest method but has helped me load logs that I couldn’t have otherwise.

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#12 posted 10-21-2014 11:40 AM

Interested in how this turned out… please let us know how you did it.

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#13 posted 10-21-2014 12:27 PM

I built all by myself using leverage, chains and come along. Harvested the trees from the land and brought them to the site. I am 5’6” and weight 140lb. It can be done. Make a wooden tripod and use a come along to lift the log 1/3 of the way, then even a child can manipulate it into the truck.


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#14 posted 10-21-2014 12:40 PM

I don’‘t know how you will make it happen, but some considerations: decide if you really need them full length first. Make sure you don’t try putting 2000 pounds in a half ton pickup. And take a couple bags of topsoil and some grass seed with you as a courtesy.

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#15 posted 10-21-2014 03:11 PM

Depending on how big a boys you are, I’d grab another fellow or two.

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