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Offline thecfarm

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2100 on: February 09, 2013, 09:29:43 pm »
I only cut on my land,that makes a big difference. I can take my time,because I get all the money. I run 8 ply tires and never had a problem. But I don't run over my brush much,I cut most of it into 2-3 feet long pieces. Any small stumps gets cut real low to the ground. My small tractor is 40hp by the way. My skid roads are very clean and some what smooth. Any improvements I make I get to use for years.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2101 on: February 11, 2013, 12:20:19 pm »
The cutter measures for a final sawlog cut from the black cherry top and then makes the cut.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2102 on: February 11, 2013, 08:17:40 pm »
Nice cherry!
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2103 on: February 11, 2013, 09:57:22 pm »
Can't a guy cut the hole top in to, 1', 2', 3' pieces, what ever it takes to get a straight piece down to 3 or 4 inches. Then saw it in to 1x1's, 1x2's, what ever it will make, there would be a lot of pieces of Cherry in that top.

I'm just thinking out of the box
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« Reply #2104 on: February 12, 2013, 05:00:14 pm »
The remaining topwood down to 4 inches was removed as pulpwood and firewood.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2105 on: February 12, 2013, 05:20:45 pm »
This logger works with his wife and his iron mule forwarder. She also falls and bucks the sawlog trees. They produce for a major Lower Michigan sawmill. LC timber sale, 10/2012.
 

  

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2106 on: February 12, 2013, 07:39:54 pm »
Thats where the money stays on the table, man and wife team. When you wake up in the morning you know where your helps is. If their not there, you have a big problem. :o
My wife ran skidder, fell, bucked up and limbed, i think you call this mill rights.

I sure hope they pay better then the Co. we worked for.
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« Reply #2107 on: February 15, 2013, 06:16:34 pm »
Two sons work with their father in the logging operation. The sons do the felling and bucking while dad does the forwarding and product sorting at the landing. Samfilippo timber sale 2/13.
 

  

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2108 on: February 15, 2013, 08:39:39 pm »
Hey Ron good pics. Its a great thread you started. Nice to see some local logging. Looks like a beech in the upper photo? Cut some beech not to long ago. The mills I checked with didn't want any or wanted to pay pallet prices so it ended up going in the pallet pile and to the amish.

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« Reply #2109 on: February 15, 2013, 09:26:46 pm »
Not a softwood tree in sight. No small trees either.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2110 on: February 15, 2013, 11:45:07 pm »
Its always good to see handfelling and working with chainsaws :)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2111 on: February 16, 2013, 01:36:05 pm »
This is the same way my father and me and my two brothers did it in the 60's. It involves a lot of labor, lifting and piling, compared to cable skidding. When we got a cable skidder, one guy run skidder, one fell and one bucked up. Then my father used the short wood dray to sort and pile on the landing.
Two sons work with their father in the logging operation. The sons do the felling and bucking while dad does the forwarding and product sorting at the landing. Samfilippo timber sale 2/13.
 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2112 on: February 16, 2013, 05:05:16 pm »
This threesome was very productive and didn't take much time to stop and talk. The boys had to keep right on cutting as the dad kept right up to them with his Fabtek 344B forwarder. ;)They are now done with the cutting and we are just waiting to get all the wood hauled off so we can close out the timber sale probably next week.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2113 on: March 03, 2013, 10:33:08 am »
Love this thread.  Been reading through it all again.  Heres a couple from the past week. 

The TJ 610 with a load of 8' studwood
 

 

The old TJ 225 pushing up some poplar.  We use a powersaw and the skidder to cut and yard the bigger ugly trees that the harvester has a hard time with.

  

Two trucks loading poplar last week.  The TJ 608 harvester sitting idle at the landing getting some fuel and grease.


    
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2114 on: March 03, 2013, 10:38:43 am »
I love this thread too. As I say this thread will keep you busy for a while. I would like to see more pictures added to this thread.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2115 on: March 03, 2013, 12:25:27 pm »
ken, how big is that 610? looks like the newer 230 forwarders? I like this thread too.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2116 on: March 03, 2013, 12:27:01 pm »
the 610 replaced the older 230 machine, they gave it about 1/16" more cab room then the old 230's so needed to give it a new model number ... lol

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2117 on: March 03, 2013, 12:38:49 pm »
they look like a nice machine :)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2118 on: March 03, 2013, 12:40:31 pm »
the 610 replaced the older 230 machine, they gave it about 1/16" more cab room then the old 230's so needed to give it a new model number ... lol
  you mean its a tight fit?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2119 on: March 03, 2013, 12:40:54 pm »
They are tough machines and pretty basic but the design doesn't lend itself to operator comfort