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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3080 on: September 02, 2015, 09:21:40 pm »
Very cool.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3081 on: September 03, 2015, 02:51:42 pm »
The Valmet 646 Forwarder works behind the John Deere Processor which has now finished its work and is being moved on to another job site. 8/15


  

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3082 on: September 03, 2015, 08:15:51 pm »
How much production did he get a day in that stand?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3083 on: September 04, 2015, 12:10:17 pm »
He did 260.35 MBF in17.5 operating days so he averaged 14.9 MBF/day with some minor down times and terrain issues of hills and wet areas.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3084 on: September 04, 2015, 09:27:33 pm »
here is a short clip processing a couple of hard maple the other morning.  Sometimes its easier to zip em with the saw.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3085 on: September 04, 2015, 09:45:26 pm »
Looks good, 1270d ;) Most anyone can keep a head zipping in clean softwood, but an operator that can keep things moving in limby hardwood knows what he's doing ;) That head tilt function looks handy.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3086 on: September 04, 2015, 11:27:00 pm »
Just before the ring and pinion went in our harvester I was processing a bit of bigger black spruce and cedar and it was a real treat to cut compared to the rough hardwood I've been cutting since early last winter.

I really like that H7 head. Boss keeps talking about trading the current Ergo in on a later model with the C5 crane and H7 head. After watching your videos I really wish he would.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3087 on: September 05, 2015, 08:08:45 am »
here is a short clip processing a couple of hard maple the other morning.  Sometimes its easier to zip em with the saw.


you can tilt the head part way and use the saw? mine the has to be all the way up or down

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3088 on: September 05, 2015, 10:02:28 am »
Yes. Ponsse calls it proportional tilt.  Works like a charm.   One button for tilt up, one for tilt down.  Hold a button till your desired angle then release and it stays there.   Tap a button to go back to floating tilt.   
  The 480 head could do this, but not as easily.   There was a function button to enter proportional mode, then set tilt angle.
The first harvester I ran was a Logman 801, with an AFM 60L.   It had the same tilt function as the Ponsse.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3089 on: September 05, 2015, 06:38:16 pm »
That's quite a machine, but at this point in my life I can't even imagine having to run in the dark just to make payments. I've grown too used to watching the sun come up with my wife at the breakfast table.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3090 on: September 05, 2015, 08:33:41 pm »
Yes. Ponsse calls it proportional tilt.  Works like a charm.   One button for tilt up, one for tilt down.  Hold a button till your desired angle then release and it stays there.   Tap a button to go back to floating tilt.   
  The 480 head could do this, but not as easily.   There was a function button to enter proportional mode, then set tilt angle.

My 480 head has a button to set the tilt angle for cutting leaning trees, etc but when I hit the saw button it automatically dumps.  I must ask the dealer technician  if there is a setting that will allow it to stay up which would work great for cutting some hardwood limbs.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3091 on: September 05, 2015, 08:47:29 pm »
That's quite a machine, but at this point in my life I can't even imagine having to run in the dark just to make payments. I've grown too used to watching the sun come up with my wife at the breakfast table.

Running in the dark UP here this time of year might just mean you started cutting at 7am... haha. Couple more weeks and its lights on until 8am or later.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3092 on: September 05, 2015, 08:53:03 pm »
ken, if i remember correctly, holding your head open function the entire time you tilt will keep it in position without dumping.   I was real used to propping the 480 saw box against things and then pushing the head into position for cutting limbs.   easier than JD's tilt rigamarole.


We get cutting around six, tahoe is right, sometimes lights on still at close to nine (in the winter)  Right now i like the lights till around 730.  We don't work crazy hours.  Ten hour days is average.   I have met some who have slept in the machines or the truck.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3093 on: September 06, 2015, 08:38:56 am »
the sun comes up late out your way but when dose the sun go down? here in november it will be dark by a little after 4pm

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3094 on: September 06, 2015, 08:45:04 am »
Maybe 5 or 530 on around the shortest days

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3095 on: September 06, 2015, 05:32:05 pm »
You have to remember that he UP is at the far western end of the eastern time zone. Things get funny with that. Maine is on the other end of it so comparing time of day for events is somewhat silly. The UP probably has a little more daylight during the winter than Maine but for practical purposes we all receive the same # of hours during the winter.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3096 on: September 07, 2015, 06:22:40 pm »
Forwarding CTL northern hardwoods to the landing, 8/15.


  

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3097 on: September 07, 2015, 08:54:25 pm »
You have to remember that he UP is at the far western end of the eastern time zone.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3098 on: September 07, 2015, 10:00:39 pm »
Just like Ken's pictures from a few pages back except we were able to get the machine steam cleaned and into shop to work on it.



And a few teeth missing off the ring gear will cause you all sorts of issues.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3099 on: September 07, 2015, 10:07:40 pm »
Any luck finding parts?