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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2220 on: June 07, 2013, 06:14:06 pm »
Yes, could be Steyrs. Forgot about them and several other European luxury tractors we don't see too often over here.  :-*

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2221 on: June 25, 2013, 02:39:09 pm »
This was something a little different for us...had a crew come in with a whole-tree chipper for a first thinning on some loblolly pine.  Pretty neat operation to watch.

This is a picture of one of the decks they cleared to make room for the chipper (there are a total of 10 different stands in this contract - 218 acres)



They are running 2 feller bunchers and 2 skidders on this job - this is a Tigercat 822 tracked buncher, don't see them running too often in this part of the state



Skidder pulling wood to the chipper



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And of course, a logging job isn't complete without a small breakdown.  Ok, a pretty big breakdown...

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2222 on: June 25, 2013, 05:29:26 pm »
The whole swing bearing came apart???   Whew, glad I don't have to be involved.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2223 on: June 25, 2013, 06:26:11 pm »
The whole swing bearing came apart???   Whew, glad I don't have to be involved.

I'll bet the operator got quite a rush.  I was standing beside a truck a few years back when the remaining bolts on a swing bearing broke and threw the loader operator quite a distance when the tower toppled.  He wasn't hurt but it sure shocked him. 

This was something a little different for us...had a crew come in with a whole-tree chipper for a first thinning on some loblolly pine.  Pretty neat operation to watch.

VT Forestry  Do you get a lot of tree damage due to loose bark this time of year or is that not as much of an issue where you are?  During this time of year it is nearly impossible to due a thinning without scarring many of the leave trees

They are running 2 feller bunchers and 2 skidders on this job - this is a Tigercat 822 tracked buncher, don't see them running too often in this part of the state

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There are several of those 822 Tigercats in this area.  Most are running CTL heads.  Very compact machine.  Thanks for the pics

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2224 on: June 25, 2013, 06:49:32 pm »
I suspect you would find that crews maintainence regimen to be lacking a bit :o
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2225 on: June 25, 2013, 08:26:35 pm »
For sale. Used Peterson tree length chipper.  Cab and crane sold separately.

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« Reply #2226 on: June 25, 2013, 10:54:25 pm »
For sale. Used Peterson tree length chipper.  Cab and crane sold separately.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2227 on: June 26, 2013, 06:58:38 am »
I suspect you would find that crews maintainence regimen to be lacking a bit :o

Oddly enough, they seem pretty good on their maintenance - I guess when things are gonna break, they're gonna break!

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I'll bet the operator got quite a rush.  I was standing beside a truck a few years back when the remaining bolts on a swing bearing broke and threw the loader operator quite a distance when the tower toppled.  He wasn't hurt but it sure shocked him.

He was pretty shook up.  The other guys were giving him a hard time, said when he came out of the window he looked like a squirrel flying out of a knothole in a tree when it's getting cut down - I guess he wasn't sticking around long enough to try and use the door...with 1050HP of chipping power running wide open, I can't much blame him  ;D
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2228 on: June 26, 2013, 09:12:21 am »
I suspect you would find that crews maintainence regimen to be lacking a bit :o

I suspect that they will be checking the bolts on the loader bearing a lot more often after this, funny he couldn't feel the loader moving on the bolts ... the cab should have had noticeable movement long before all the bolts let go

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« Reply #2229 on: June 26, 2013, 11:43:47 pm »
Thirteen years ago I had to jump out of the way of a dump truck body that broke and fell over sideways under load. I jumped for cover and landed on my right shoulder, which I have had trouble with before that time, and ever since. My boots got covered up with gooey fermented corn silage. Thank God, nobody got hurt.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2230 on: August 29, 2013, 10:50:19 am »
This is a typical Maine truck,in my area, hauling 16 foot pulp heading for New Page in Framington,ME.

 

 
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« Reply #2231 on: August 29, 2013, 10:57:19 am »
We have the same trucks around my neck of the woods.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2232 on: August 29, 2013, 11:37:32 am »
I wish we could move our wood 16', all of our mills are set up for 100" wood. This means you get to load a forwarder twice, basically, one bunk at a time ::) It would sure be faster handling long wood. About the only long wood we move is pine saw logs.
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« Reply #2233 on: August 29, 2013, 12:03:37 pm »
All the pulp wood around here is cut 21'.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2234 on: August 29, 2013, 12:08:51 pm »
That's typical for here as well. That one would look good in my yard. ;D
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2235 on: August 29, 2013, 01:08:38 pm »
All semi log trucks in my area. I saw one 10-wheel a month or so ago. Pine and hardwood pulpwood is hauled tree length down to 3" I think. Pine chip-and-saw 27' down to 10" top. Pine and hardwood sawlogs look to be primarily 12' and 16', two bunks on each trailer. I think some hardwood is cut to 10' for crosstie mills. 84,000 lbs gross with forest permit.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2236 on: August 29, 2013, 05:03:43 pm »
you should have taken a pic of the other side of the truck. unless they replaced the hood the left fender got ripped off when the truck was just a couple months old.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2237 on: August 29, 2013, 05:19:09 pm »
It's like half of a "real" log truck.... haha :D

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« Reply #2238 on: August 29, 2013, 05:19:29 pm »
There still is a short truck or two set up like that around here. But 99 % of the pulp wood is on TT as tree length. Some are self loaders, so shorter stuff there. At one time it was all 100" around here, even in Maine markets we had. Now most want random length, or tree length. ;D We even have oversized loads that are not highway legal. Real high and wide. I'm telling you they really sway back and forth on the road. Rock a bye baby........... :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #2239 on: August 29, 2013, 09:04:51 pm »
Maine372,George never told me about that one. The only one I know of was when Justin was coming out of the woods on a steep hill last winter and almost made it to the top and he lost traction and went backwards. George takes good care of his trucks and equipment. If something happens,it gets fixed and replaced. The left side looks just as good as the right side.
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