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My home-built ATV/UTV skidder trailer, for use while being towed by my ATV. If I need to lift and move a large pole or piece of pipe, or some other long and unwieldy item, I simply back this trailer over the item, use the chain from the hook stowage to wrap around the item, and attach the chain to the hook roller while in its lowest position (nearest the drawbar hitch). Then, all I do is slowly drive forward, which causes the roller hook to rise on the angled tube steel beam to its highest position (shown above), which allows me to "skid" or drag the object to wherever I want it.

This skidder was built almost entirely from salvaged and scavenged parts from my Grandfather's old farm, so many of the pieces were extremely rusty but still useable. Many parts came from an old boat trailer I also salvaged from his farm, and the only things I had to purchase separately were the wheels, tires, and welding rod. If I had the luxury of being able to purchase new steel to build this, it wouldn't look so hodge-podge with all the patchwork pieces. But other than the wheels/tires and welding rod, I really didn't have to purchase anything else to build this skidder. And it works quite well! All that is left to do is add some tire guards to the frame rails, sand-blast the rust & welding slag off of it, and prime/paint it someday.

Piecing together various steel bits to form the horizontal frame.

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