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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2720 on: December 17, 2014, 11:27:34 am »
My regular machine was broke down today so i was running the spare processor, a Tigercat 860 with a Hornet Head 

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Those heads are basic, but tough. I think they went under the name Target as well!?

Sounds like a good combo for the carrier/head. Hard to believe of someone having a spare harvester, but definitely a good idea if you can swing it.



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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2721 on: December 17, 2014, 03:27:04 pm »
Hey BM your pics reminded me of the times I had a ride on a push boat. Single heated barge of hot asphalt from Baton Rouge down the mighty Mississippi and across the gulf to Tampa. They pushed until they got to the gulf then they decoupled the barge and towed it with about 100 yds rope about 4" in diameter if I remember right. One thing I definitely remember was that the boat could not stop going down stream w/o beaching up on the bank which we had to do one time because the product lab test showed bad. We were a couple hrs down river. It was early 70's. It was an ESSO barge with two 750 hp Cats. A couple had blown up. Company I worked for was hired by ESSO to figure out why since Cat said it was ESSO's fault.  We put pressure and temperature sensors all over those engines with recorders and alarms. I had about a half dozen trips across. Engines ran perfect. 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2722 on: December 17, 2014, 11:19:56 pm »
 Youve been to "redstick"  :D  Baton Rouge in cajun. Thats mile marker 242-246 i believe, end of the road for a larger vessel, made a trip from redstick once, to, San juan, Savanah, Norfolk, Albany, Portland, then back to Baton Rouge. Wasnt a fun adventure. Had a good fire @ 0200 about 30 miles off the D.R with no one coming to save us getting our brains beaten in pushing 100kbbl of blue super high test aviation gasoline. Fun times. I worked black oil 1 season on the G.L's for a company out of MI, dont miss that. Most people dont realize you can get your butt kicked sailing out of Cleveland. They have a strip club on the Cayahoga in Cleveland with a lighthouse on it, like a magnet for us sailor types.  :D

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2723 on: December 21, 2014, 08:21:51 pm »
 

     Another load of black spruce, ready to head for the mill. This truck is light, about 29K empty, and can legally run 88K. That figures out to about 15 cords, IF I can fit it all on ::)


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2724 on: December 21, 2014, 08:37:07 pm »
Do you load the trailers while they wait, or are they spotted for you to load?

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« Reply #2725 on: December 21, 2014, 09:32:23 pm »
I load them while they wait. These are contracted trucks, all of our company trucks have center mount loaders. We do have a crib trailer I've loaded maybe twice, our drivers will hook up to it if they for some reason can't operate their center mount. Anyways, if it's a short skid, it all comes directly out of the woods onto the truck. If it's a long skid, I bring one skid out and load the rest out of the pile. I get a truck loaded in 35-45 minutes, with a load on the machine and the remainder out of the pile (with spruce) It's kind of a pain because you are trying to fit every stick you can to get enough weight on. Also, if I am loading out of the pile, that's time not spent skidding and it does affect the load count at the end of the day.
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« Reply #2726 on: December 23, 2014, 10:44:21 pm »
 

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2727 on: December 23, 2014, 10:51:28 pm »
I like watching those whole tree chip jobs run.  What kind of saw heads/skidders are you running?  Was a bit north of you on a GFP chip job a few years ago.  The guy running the buncher there was a pro.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2728 on: December 23, 2014, 11:02:33 pm »
We're running a prentice 2670 and a new Cat 573c for bunchers, a Cat 545c, 2 848 JD, 1 660 TH and a new 535d Cats kidder on order.  Our chipper is a Morbark 2755 flailchipharvestor, running next to a prentice 2384 loader with a Hanfab 60 in slasher.  Our chip fans are 6 axle 50 ft, averaging about 37 tons in aspen, we put out 10-12 loads per day. 

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« Reply #2729 on: December 23, 2014, 11:20:18 pm »
You have got to be happy to see off road under 3$

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2730 on: December 24, 2014, 08:48:02 am »
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Yes I am, chip operations produce a lot of wood but burn a lot of fuel.  We better enjoy these prices while we can.  I have 2 guys bunching wood, 1 is new the other has been doing it for over 10 years, I keep him in a new machine most weeks he lays down 800-1000 cords of wood, it still amazes me after all these years. 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2731 on: December 24, 2014, 12:56:27 pm »
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Nice pictures, I see your chip vans on the road quite a bit over this way.
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« Reply #2732 on: December 25, 2014, 08:24:16 pm »
I like seeing all the tires under those MI trailers.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2733 on: December 28, 2014, 09:43:55 am »
 

 
A decent pine I cut yesterday I couldn't get the skidder close enough to push so had to do it the old fashion way
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2734 on: December 28, 2014, 10:19:00 am »
That's a nice white pine.  How did it cut out?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2735 on: December 28, 2014, 10:27:27 am »
Put a stamp on that thing and send it to Alford. :D I cut a bunch of nice looking pine last winter only to find a big hole in that end. :(
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2736 on: December 28, 2014, 01:38:53 pm »
That's a nice white pine.  How did it cut out?
It only had2 16' logs and a 12' log then about 4 sticks of 8' pulp it got real crooked at 45'
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« Reply #2737 on: December 28, 2014, 01:41:02 pm »
Put a stamp on that thing and send it to Alford. :D I cut a bunch of nice looking pine last winter only to find a big hole in that end. :(
I would but I couldn't afford that many stamps lol! Yeah it always sucks when there's a hole in the end of a nice looking stick
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2738 on: December 28, 2014, 05:45:42 pm »
at least you have a good saw  :D :D :D  71-72 or 66  nice pine

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #2739 on: December 28, 2014, 07:30:52 pm »
It's a 66 that I ground the transfers on its been a good saw I have two just alike time to buy another getting to be that time of year I like to start off winter with at least one new saw
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