I have no intention of putting any type of lift in my truck bed. I will likely go for something along the lines of the link I posted. Except simpler, and with a jack or something under the end to support it. The trailer arch wasn't a bad idea, but I think should have been wider at the base. If I were going to pick up large logs for sawing I would have a trailer, but would have a large hydraulic crane, of one sort or another - I don't have space for a bandsaw mill, or to store logs, so I am not even considering how I would do that.
I'm thinking a square tubing to go into the hitch. Then tubing going to the side of the truck, with the base of the crane itself. I think round tubing is the way to go, but not sure yet if I would want to use a hand winch, electric winch, or hydraulic lift, to raise logs - I think likely around 100 lbs would be the max I would be lifting, but will try to get something that will lift up to 4-500 lbs, just in case. I wouldn't be looking for anything longer than about 4 ft long likely, but never know. I am getting it all together in my mind, little by little. I don't really care much for the link I posted, or the arch on the trailer. But I keep searching for pictures, and eventually it will all come together. Oh yes, a chain fall would be very handy, but the one the guy was using was even more irritating noisewise then the turning of the crane.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.