Hauling Logs in the Early Days of Logging

With only horses, human muscle, and a bit of mechanical ingenuity, early loggers devised clever methods of hauling logs.

hauling logs - slip tongue diagram
Right: A simplified view of a slip-tongue logging cart. As the team pulls on the tongue, it slides forward in its socket. The chain from the tongue pulls the lifting lever, which rotates the drums. The chains wind around the drums and lift the log. The automatic braking feature of the slip-tongue cart is apparent; as the cart overtakes the team on a downgrade, the tongue slips to the rear and the lifting lever moves back, allowing the chains to unwind. This lowers the log to drag on the ground, slowing the cart.
Farm Collector Magazine Staff