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Uphill flying fox carts wood

June 14, 2010

Our club in the mountains needs about 30 tonnes of wood every couple of years. We cut the wood which is then is delivered to the bottom of the hill. A very effective flying fox and cradle carts it up the hill. The 6mm hawser is tensioned about 200m apart to trees, supported by an A frame at either end, the top one being 4 offset aluminium tubes. The bottom of the 2 cradles can be unlatched to drop the wood at the top. Power is provided by a long rope, wound around a wheel drum on a ute. The ute is jacked up to free the wheel, the rope wound around as a capstan winch. The first cradle is loaded, hauled up, and slid back down. Meawhile the second cradle is loaded and ready to go, and the first cradle lifted out of the way. This system has being working for a few years now, and is reliable and safe.

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