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Offline celliott

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2420 on: February 07, 2014, 07:14:18 am »
Ooops doubled that up, just meant to edit original post.
Moderator can delete this if possible. SORRY! :)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2421 on: February 07, 2014, 07:15:52 am »
Got a picture of it,so I know what I am looking for to buy?  ;D
you must be the only one who doesn't know because i am sure every one else knows. but i guess just cause you are a Mainer
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What the heck is an OC3?


I don't know for sure, but just a guess that it's a small Oliver crawler tractor? OC3= Oliver Crawler 3? Google turns up some results for that anyways...
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2422 on: February 07, 2014, 11:51:05 am »
Oliver oc3 stands for oliver cletac 3 or it it stands for oversized log carrier  :P ;D
Yep that's what I thought

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2423 on: April 25, 2014, 09:39:42 pm »
 

  here's a pettibone skidder.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2424 on: April 26, 2014, 12:13:50 pm »
I like that 'bone, logman. I think if the FEL had a quick connect system, it would be slick. But can you imagine trying to sneak through a thinning with that on? I bet they get quite light on the back end if you pick up a good load ???
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2425 on: June 17, 2014, 11:09:10 pm »
Got back in my forwarder today after about a month off, moved into a nice little Red pine sale.

The big pile is 8' pine saw bolts, the small pile in front of the machine is 12' and 16' logs, and there are random length poles (or house logs, I don't know, I just put em on the landing ::)) behind the machine.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2426 on: June 18, 2014, 05:38:24 pm »
Got a picture of it,so I know what I am looking for to buy?  ;D
you must be the only one who doesn't know because i am sure every one else knows. but i guess just cause you are a Mainer
Just when you're most sure of something, someone will prove you wrong.  :D
What the heck is an OC3?

OC-3's are actually quite popular in Maine. They are about the size of a smaller skidsteer, weigh 1.5 - 2 tons soaking wet, were made from about 1950-1960ish, and were made in large numbers. They came in several widths-- narrower ones work better for sneaking though the woods.  Wider ones were used for cultivating row crops, and in some cases were used with very wide track shoes for crawling on top of deep snow for special applications such as working the sugar bush, grooming ski slopes, or taking hay to ranch cattle after snow storms. Some people would simply bolt a long 2X4 to each track shoe for extra flotation in snow. The OC-3 replaced the Cletrac model HG after Oliver bought Cletrac in 1944. The HG was made for a few more years, then replaced by the OC-3. The HG and OC-3 looked nearly identical, in fact many of the parts interchange, and there are nearly as many differences between an early HG and a late HG as there are between an HG and an OC-3.
No matter how conventional wisdom may fly in the face of radical thought, it's still the most popular type.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2427 on: June 18, 2014, 10:21:20 pm »
Got back in my forwarder today after about a month off, moved into a nice little Red pine sale.

Nice dry landing to work on and tidy 8' pile.  I could use a dry landing.  Has the bark already tightened on the pine or was it cut earlier and just being forwarded now?
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2428 on: June 18, 2014, 10:57:53 pm »
Ken- no, the bark hasn't tightened yet. This wood was just cut last week, and yes, it is a nice dry landing. It has been really wet here, we had a wet spring and the rain just keeps coming down >:( There is actually some major flooding 100 miles to the north on the MN/Ontario border on the Rainy River.
This is a picture of my "pole skidder" ::) This is the first time I have had to move poles with the forwarder. It works about as good as you can imagine, not very much fun on this hilly job.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2429 on: June 25, 2014, 10:32:00 pm »
The bark definitely has NOT tightened up on the Aspen we're in. It's hard to make a pile 2 sticks high with this stuff, it is so slippery >:(
 

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2430 on: June 25, 2014, 10:46:28 pm »
I feel your pain. Started running forwarder for a friend of mine 2 weeks ago now. The bark won't stay on the aspen to save your life, then its been raining every other day so the decks of logs just slip and slide all over the place. Can't keep the aspen in a pile over about 6 feet high before it just slides every which direction like somebody put a grenade in the deck. 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2431 on: June 26, 2014, 04:29:33 am »
Poplar and balsam fir seem to be the worst to deal with when the bark is slipping.  We cut our poplar random length so it is a little better.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2432 on: June 26, 2014, 05:59:26 pm »
I started cutting a small patch of Scots Pine today.  It's bark is slipping and is so slippery the measuring wheel on the processer can't always get traction.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2433 on: June 28, 2014, 11:14:32 pm »
Need to remember to take a camera to work one of these days. Snapped these with my cellphone Friday of the processor working its magic on some 20+ inch aspen trees on a narrow little ridge that we are cutting.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2434 on: June 29, 2014, 09:08:41 am »
who are you skidding for Chevy?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2435 on: June 29, 2014, 10:30:23 am »
Friend of mine has had a log truck for a while and now just bought the logging equipment and we are cutting for Plum Creek. Company name is MSP trucking.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2436 on: June 29, 2014, 03:54:28 pm »
Big step up from just a log truck, that processor looks pretty new $$$ :o
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2437 on: August 12, 2014, 09:13:18 pm »
Like to bring this thread up once in a while.  We just finished a job and here is a pic of the new harvester waiting for its second float drive.  This time only 4 miles up the road.  This jobsite was alongside a public road which is always nice.

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2438 on: August 12, 2014, 11:05:02 pm »
Sharp machine, Ken ;) I forgot, what are you running for a forwarder?
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2439 on: August 14, 2014, 04:38:37 am »
Sharp machine, Ken ;) I forgot, what are you running for a forwarder?

Old Timberjack 610.  Although it still works great at 30K+ hours it will now be the weak link in the operation.  Will have to look for a replacement before long.

 
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