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Author Topic: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment  (Read 880972 times)

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Offline SPForesrty

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2440 on: August 14, 2014, 07:49:26 pm »
Ken, sometime between 2000-3000 hrs we started to get some hairline cracks on the frame welds and feedwheel arms on our H480C .  Top knife also cracked along the bottom.   Not major issues but just thought Id pass it along so you can watch for anything.  I have around 3800 hrs on it now.   

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2441 on: August 14, 2014, 08:21:50 pm »
what kind of wood are you in SPforestry?    Seems like we had 5000 or so hours before any cracks showed up on our 480.  Both roll frames had broken by 8000.  never had a knife break.  Mostly cutting hardwood, some very large.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2442 on: August 14, 2014, 11:27:51 pm »
Ken, when I used to haul wood, the one crew I hauled for ran a 703 like yours, I don't know which head it had but it stayed in large aspen most of the time. They had a Ponsse Buffalo King paired with it to keep up. I think they had a fair number of 100 cord days with that 703 ;)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2443 on: August 15, 2014, 10:25:02 am »
Cut plenty of big spruce and HW but lately it's been smaller spruce and fir. 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2444 on: August 16, 2014, 05:52:26 pm »
Ken, when I used to haul wood, the one crew I hauled for ran a 703 like yours,  I think they had a fair number of 100 cord days with that 703 ;)

There will be no 100 cord days in this mess

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2445 on: August 16, 2014, 05:57:25 pm »
At least everything appears to be laying in one direction.

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« Reply #2446 on: August 17, 2014, 08:29:52 am »
Maybe 30 a day?
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2447 on: August 17, 2014, 09:52:59 am »
Wonder if it would be faster to have someone cut them off the stumps with a  saw and than u run behind and process. It's not really big wood. Give me a full days head start though. Lol
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2448 on: August 17, 2014, 11:52:29 am »
Wonder if it would be faster to have someone cut them off the stumps with a  saw and than u run behind and process. It's not really big wood. Give me a full days head start though. Lol
The easiest way to cut them off is with a dangle head like Ken's. You don't want to have to cut them by hand. I always thought one of the Bell dangle head fellers would work dandy for pre bunching in blow down, when our crews do it with a hot saw feller it has to have a skidder working right with it. Then another skidder pulling the bunched piles, or a processor working the piles. We typically just use 1 CTL crew and keep it simple ;)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2449 on: August 17, 2014, 03:13:44 pm »
This is an old field site so the trees are shallow rooted.  Most of them were solid so they did not break instead the stump partially uprooted.  Really hard to get the stump cut low and not ruin too many chains.  Many of the trees and stumps can be pulled up off the ground before cutting the stump off.  This site is averaging 0.15 m3/tree of mostly (80%) 8' studwood and the remainder pulp.  Averaged 9 m3/hr yesterday.  Should easily average 13-15 on a site like this if it was still standing.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2450 on: August 17, 2014, 10:15:11 pm »
That's pretty decent wood Ken ... since we went back to work in May we have averaged 0.09m3 per tree

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2451 on: August 18, 2014, 03:42:52 pm »
Hello everybody! This is my first post here but have been following along with your adventures for quite a while now.

Just wanted to share pics of my new skidder... It is a 1950s FWD Corp "Blue Ox" straight frame skidder with International 6cyl gas engine, 5spd transmission with hi/low transfer case and a Carco winch.

I saved it from the scrapyard and it is going to get a new lease on life. Wish me luck!!! :)

 

 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2452 on: August 18, 2014, 08:52:53 pm »
I'm a wishing.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2453 on: August 18, 2014, 09:03:31 pm »
Welcome and good luck. Age is just a number. At least that is what I tell this cute little thing at the corner store I stop at. HA..

Seriously. I was out working on the farm the other day and heard an unmistakeable sound. A putt putt John Deere Tractor. At least thats what we used to call them. Sounds like each time it hits is the last. The farm across the hollow used to have one and may still have. They still used it in the 70s and I guess still do sometimes. Once you hear one working you will never forget the sound.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2454 on: August 18, 2014, 10:56:20 pm »
That Blue Ox skidder is certainly an interesting piece with it's ROPS. ;D Let us know how it works out.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2455 on: August 19, 2014, 12:12:11 pm »
Yes, good luck with it. Keep us posted on its progress.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2456 on: August 26, 2014, 06:21:19 pm »
A modern John Deere 1510E double bunk forwarder at work for high production.
 

  

    

    

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2457 on: August 26, 2014, 08:08:33 pm »
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2458 on: August 26, 2014, 09:51:40 pm »
how has the 622 been?  what are the faults? Do you process all roadside, or in the woods behind a buncher.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2459 on: August 27, 2014, 03:56:51 am »
Thanks for the pics.  Ron, the John Deere E series forwarders are quite common here.  Wish one was in my budget.

Jamie_C  I bet that bad boy loves fuel.  What do you burn/hr?
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