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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3240 on: March 26, 2016, 05:32:31 pm »
Last winter I cut some 40' aspen poles for a guys timber frame house. Forwarding them out was a real treat, basically we did did like you are talking filling the bottom of the bunk with some pulp and then putting the poles on top of them off the back. Trouble was it was winter time and we had some terrain to contend with so it seems like the forwarder guy was forever readjusting them or loosing them off the back.

Boss joked if we got into a job where we had to do that often he would go buy a cheap grapple skidder to move them around.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3241 on: March 26, 2016, 05:44:24 pm »
If we have a really big job with poles, we will have a grapple skidder on the job. This is just a 400 cord sale, and it's a long ways from our shop. So I'm forwarding them. I actually like skidding poles, it's just this landing is not set up for them at all.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3242 on: March 26, 2016, 09:55:45 pm »
how far is a long way from the shop  ;D

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3243 on: March 28, 2016, 05:24:59 pm »


The old method. :) Thinning hardwood and feeding the deer on some high ground.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3244 on: March 28, 2016, 06:25:25 pm »
Is the black spruce cut into 2bys at a mill?
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3245 on: March 28, 2016, 07:05:34 pm »
There is no market here for small spruce or fir at this time. No spruce fir pulp market. Just sawlog  and studwood. Some take whole tree but it has to be good stuff.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3246 on: March 28, 2016, 09:51:49 pm »
how far is a long way from the shop  ;D

About 100 miles ;)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3247 on: March 28, 2016, 10:00:48 pm »
Is the black spruce cut into 2bys at a mill?

     Peter, I didn't know if you were asking me or Chester, but the Potlatch stud mill will happily take black spruce stud bolts down to 5 1/2". Sometimes we sort them, sometimes not. It depends on how full UPM is on wood, but usually when we are in black spruce (winter) UPM is trying to get ahold of all the spruce they can. BTW, ine of Potlatch's foresters told me if they could run their mill on just spruce, they would love it. It goes through the mill faster and is cheaper to dry. However, probably 75% of their volume is red pine, with the remainder made up of jack pine, spruce, balsam, and white pine.
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« Reply #3248 on: March 28, 2016, 10:07:04 pm »
My apologies sir.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3249 on: March 28, 2016, 10:33:40 pm »
My apologies sir.

No apologies needed, he might have been asking you!
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« Reply #3250 on: March 29, 2016, 06:28:39 am »
My apologies, I should have asked in a better way. My ? was out there asking all who knew.
I like to see / hear what's out there. I'm always looking for markets for wood.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3251 on: March 29, 2016, 08:58:33 pm »
 

 

Older pic from a job with some nice aspen a few years ago. Ponsse S10 Caribou loading.

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« Reply #3252 on: March 30, 2016, 12:21:57 am »
Nice piles, looks like a forwarder load or more in each one!
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3253 on: March 31, 2016, 01:28:45 pm »
Again, some great timber harvesting photos.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3254 on: March 31, 2016, 05:14:19 pm »
It's not always fun and games.  Cracked gear cover on front of motor, leaky wheel seal on one bogey and a new sneaker for the other side.

  

  

 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3255 on: April 01, 2016, 06:58:13 am »
I didn't think the newer eq broke down  :) :) :)

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« Reply #3256 on: April 01, 2016, 11:52:27 am »
  Sorry, Ken $$$ >:(  I finally finished my spring breakup pole sale, my landings turned into a real mess. Although this is sandy ground, the frost coming out has the ground saturated. In addition, we got a fair amount of rain one night. The one day, 4 trucks got sent out for poles. It was fortunate I was still on the job, because the first truck was stuck (with the big front mount loader and all the bunks on his trailer, he said he weighs 45,000 :o). Typically I am already gone when the pole haulers show up, so they were lucky this time. They come from over 200 miles away, and they wouldn't have been able to get loaded.  As it was, we got them set up in a wide spot, and I would skid the poles out to the loader truck. Then a bunk would back in, he would load those poles on. Then they would move ahead so I could skid more. Kind of a cluster  ut we got them all loaded and on their way.

     The loader truck put a load on at the landing, and then I pulled him out. You will notice the chain attached to his front end ;D








     When a landing turns to slop, I do my best to dress it up when I get done. It's a challenge with the tiny blade on the forwarder.  It always feels good to get a job finished, but a muddy job always looks best in the rear view mirror ;)


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3257 on: April 01, 2016, 05:48:52 pm »
Is that Red Pine barbender?
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3258 on: April 01, 2016, 07:22:02 pm »
Yes it is, Peter. That is the only species that they take for poles (from our area). I think the max length we get around here would be around 75', so for longer poles they get Red cedar from the west coast.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3259 on: April 01, 2016, 07:25:11 pm »
I didn't think the newer eq broke down  :) :) :)

Coxy  That old forwarder has over 38000 hours on it so it deserves a bit of work now and then. 

Barbender  I would love to get an opportunity to work in a red pine stand like that.  Very few stands of red pine in this part of the world.
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