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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2080 on: January 20, 2013, 08:28:43 am »
OlympicYJ,enjoyed and than some. Thanks for the logging pictures and pictures of the the lay out of the land. That Deere shows how steep that hill is. Just a whole different way to log and the language is different too.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2081 on: January 20, 2013, 10:42:45 am »
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2082 on: January 20, 2013, 12:02:21 pm »
My daughter has lived in western Wa and now Portland, Or for the last 20 years. When ever we go out I marvel at the logging operations out there compared to here. The size of the timber, the steepness, the equipment, and methods are all so interesting but I have never been able to get as close as your pictures show so thanks for posting.
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« Reply #2083 on: January 20, 2013, 12:02:55 pm »
Beautiful pictures, OlympicYJ. Enjoyed watching the Flying cats on youtube.

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« Reply #2084 on: January 20, 2013, 04:30:11 pm »
Thanks guys. Yea so maybe a little background on me first so you guys get a fel for who I am lol. I grew up on a farm, my old man is not a logger, just a retired heavy equipment mechanic that has done some logging and worked on some big jobs in WA and Ak. I unfortunately don't have pics of our Treefarmer or TD-6. I'm a year and half from my BS in Forestry but have a technical forestry degree already. In those pics I was interning for one of the major landholders on the Peninsula as their first ever operations intern. I'll be working up on the Upper end of the Peninsula this summer so good chance I'll be around Dahlgren's some more. First rate loggers. I'm gonna venture a guess but the tower in my pic is not the Marc VI but a diffent Berger yarder of theirs.


Background on the flying cat's vid. Like I said Dahlgren's own the two largest production yarders in the world. There are non factory yarders that are bigger but they weren't built by a yarder manufacturer. One is in working operation the other is in their boneyard, for parts I'm assuming. The video is on Merril & Ring's Pyist tree farm. There were acess issues and the timber value was not worth it to Heli log. So they flew those cats out to the back end of the unit and logged 80 acres with the cats hauling to the tail tree and yarding from there. They were hangin out around 4000 feet.

The pic showing the new Deere doesn't do the hill justice. I'm guessing it was around 25%. He was popping Helmock stumps like picking up a golfball on the green.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2085 on: January 22, 2013, 07:09:30 pm »
Olympic, thanks for the pictures.

In this one: "Timber King buncher just to the right of the above shovel."

Is that a giant old growth stump I see?
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« Reply #2086 on: January 22, 2013, 07:52:18 pm »
 

  

 

A couple of photos from the other day. I'm currently working on a Red Spruce commercial thinning. This tree was an older White Pine left from a previous harvest that had the top blown out of it this summer. It was a little over 30" diameter at the base.

The saw is an MS441 with a 28" Oregon Power Match bar (I typically use a 20" bar, put this one on just for fun) and the tractor is a Kioti DS4510 with a Farmi 501 winch.

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« Reply #2087 on: January 22, 2013, 08:01:52 pm »
Great pictures guys. :) That 130' yarder must be a sight to behold! :o
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« Reply #2088 on: January 23, 2013, 11:01:35 am »
Great pictures guys. :) That 130' yarder must be a sight to behold! :o

Oh yes indeed. Hopefully I'll be gettin nice and close to it this summer. Did you check out the video?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2089 on: January 24, 2013, 08:01:23 pm »
The saw is an MS441 with a 28" Oregon Power Match bar (I typically use a 20" bar, put this one on just for fun) and the tractor is a Kioti DS4510 with a Farmi 501 winch.
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How does that tractor work for pulling out trees that size?  Just curious.  I got a small kubota l2800hst 4wd and i'd be lucky to pull out 1 tree that size in the snow.
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« Reply #2090 on: January 26, 2013, 07:41:37 am »
It doesn't seem to put much of a strain on it. So far it will pull anything I hook up. I've been very impressed.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2091 on: January 26, 2013, 09:36:29 pm »
Looks great Ryan! Keep it up!
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2092 on: January 26, 2013, 10:14:29 pm »
Olympic, thanks for the pictures.

In this one: "Timber King buncher just to the right of the above shovel."

Is that a giant old growth stump I see?

Sorry for the late reply. Yes that would be an Oldgrowth stump.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2093 on: January 30, 2013, 01:13:15 pm »
From Chuck Ray's Blog. Looks like a great setup.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2094 on: January 30, 2013, 02:15:20 pm »
Have seen that posted and had the thought that Quebecnewf possibly could use such a system to conquer the water transportation and get his logs out... maybe even in better logging conditions.
Wonder what the investment in equipment would be.
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« Reply #2095 on: January 30, 2013, 03:01:10 pm »
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2096 on: February 05, 2013, 12:53:01 pm »
Ryan, I have the same tractor and have also been impressed by what it can pull.  It also has good lifting capacity on the loader, which is why I bought it over the Kubota.  The only thing I would like is a middle gear range between the high and low.  I think the DK series has that.  The Kiotis are quite a bit heavier than the Kubota L series.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2097 on: February 09, 2013, 06:13:47 pm »
that's a really neat video ron, thanks for the link.  i really like small setups like that.  seems like that young man has his system down pat!   8)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2098 on: February 09, 2013, 07:50:05 pm »
Just wondering, does anyone here have trouble with popping tires on small tractors like that while skidding? I've been told it's a terrible idea to run a farm tractor through the woods with "farm" tires and that tracks or a real skidder is the way to go. For those who skid with a tractor, what tires do you use? Do you have trouble with your tires?

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« Reply #2099 on: February 09, 2013, 09:22:19 pm »
Juniperboss, I have never popped a tire on my tractor, but I am a lot more careful than I would be if I had a skidder.  The bigger issue for me is protecting the engine parts from branches getting in.  I hope to improve the guards around it in the near future.

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