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Author Topic: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment  (Read 881230 times)

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Offline M Cook

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2480 on: September 11, 2014, 11:51:05 pm »
BargeMonkey

I hear you about help, in 35 yrs of logging I've never seen anything like the labor force we have today.  We run 18-20 employees, between guys taking different jobs and drug testing I only have 5 guys left that have been with me more than a year!  In our area the biggest competition for labor is welfare, they give them housing, food, and money for doing nothing.

What brand of slasher do you have, we run a Barko 160b and a 2384 Prentice both with Siiro Slashers mounted on big john self propelled carriers.  My first slasher was a Barko 130 with a S&L 44 slasher, I bought it in 1982, can't tell you how much they have improved since then.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2481 on: September 12, 2014, 04:51:05 am »
I just read in a mag cat is coming out with a 555D. That should be interesting. Cat has tried getting us to buy a skidder also but they were much heavier then our 648h.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2482 on: September 12, 2014, 09:24:51 am »
Firewoodjoe

Your right about the 555d, it's not much bigger than the 545d, they both use a lot of the same components.  They are a little heavier than the deere's but I feel they are better built and have surpassed deere in both engine and skidder design.  I have a new 535d ordered and was given a tour of the cat factory in LaGrange, Georgia. They have spent a lot of money and listened to I put from loggers on machine design, when they come out you should take a look.

I'm not to far from you (Harrison) when I get mine this fall get a hold of me and you can come down and try it out if you like. 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2483 on: September 12, 2014, 12:07:54 pm »
I'll prolly see it at your shop. We're always driving by. Thanks for the invite too.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2484 on: September 12, 2014, 05:15:44 pm »
Looking forward to meeting you

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2485 on: September 12, 2014, 09:42:03 pm »
 

  

 
 Someone decided to come to the woods this morning. 

  

 
 Had a pretty good day, in 8 hours I laid down 300+, this job is 90% cut, finish skidding when I get home. 

 
Had a big slippery beech start to roll out of the head, this bar maybe toast.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2486 on: September 12, 2014, 10:07:54 pm »
Did she move anything?
south central Wisconsin
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2487 on: September 12, 2014, 10:18:12 pm »
That bar looks totally fixable. I've actually been amazed how much the abuse and hydraulic pressing the bars can take to get straightened out and still remain usable.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2488 on: September 12, 2014, 10:22:25 pm »
 Ive pressed this one quite a few times, has a few good cracks and this time it busted 1/2 the rivets in the tip. Take it off when I get home and try. Bought a rail tool from Baileys that works great on the 3/4 bars. Im impressed with how much abuse my slasher bar takes, and how much wood it chews thru in between sharpening.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2489 on: September 16, 2014, 11:30:32 am »
 

 

One of 3 Tigercat 870's with Hornet heads that are on our crew ... two of them run double shift and one is kept as a spare and is only ran a few shifts a week, primarily when one of the others breaks down.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2490 on: September 16, 2014, 11:46:06 am »
 The hornet is purely a "shortwood processor right ? A mechanical stop on the end, and a processor with rollers ?

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« Reply #2491 on: September 16, 2014, 11:56:49 am »
They are roll feed, no computer to speak of. Length measurement is done by paint marks on the head and by running the tree out until it hits the butt plate. Very crude compared to any of the newer heads but in the right wood they can really shine. They weigh somewhere around 10,000 lbs so need a big carrier to handle them.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2492 on: September 16, 2014, 06:00:50 pm »
BargeMonkey, what rail tool did you get?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2493 on: September 16, 2014, 06:41:03 pm »
Those big hornet heads really shine in the hardwoods that would destroy most dangle heads.  There used to be a number of them in the hardwood areas of northern NB.  Not sure about now.
Lots of toys for working in the bush

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2494 on: September 16, 2014, 06:45:57 pm »
BargeMonkey, what rail tool did you get?
Baileys had a rail straightener, fixed everything from 3/8, .404 and 3/4, I cant seen to find it again. It has a handle and a heavy strike plate, gets those tweaked spots out of bars. We have had a bar grinder for 15yrs plus, thats how you get life out of bars. 150-200 cord from a .404 processor bar. Looks like a coke bottle when you throw it away.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2495 on: September 16, 2014, 11:00:17 pm »
Yoder Job 2014


 Delimber and slasher

  

 

skidder
 

 

Loader & loggers truck

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2496 on: September 17, 2014, 07:39:44 pm »
I always been thinking of a grapple boom like that. Does yours swing to to side as well ?  And did you build this ?
Make sure you know how to fall properly when you fall and as to not hurt anyone around you.
Also remember, it's not the fall what hurts, its the sudden stop. !!

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2497 on: September 17, 2014, 07:54:01 pm »
Looks like an Esco swing grapple?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2498 on: September 17, 2014, 08:47:08 pm »
It is an esco, it was on the machine when I bought it.  Honestly don't know what I would do without it. Comes in real handy reaching around obstacles or bunching logs.  Have to be careful pulling large hitches on tight turns.  Or getting boom on downhill side while lifting a log.  All four tires have fluid in them so that helps

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« Reply #2499 on: September 17, 2014, 09:01:28 pm »
 8) 8)  I want one too
Make sure you know how to fall properly when you fall and as to not hurt anyone around you.
Also remember, it's not the fall what hurts, its the sudden stop. !!