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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3300 on: April 20, 2016, 11:06:03 pm »
Very nice video! I would love to have that clear view in a Scorpion but then I think of all the wood that needs to be cut to pay for one and just keep on with my Ergo.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3301 on: April 20, 2016, 11:25:28 pm »
In that 12 minute video I believe that I couldnt have hand felled and bucked those in an 8 hour day and u might have used 5 gallons od 2 dollar fuel :D
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3302 on: April 20, 2016, 11:51:20 pm »
...and u might have used 5 gallons od 2 dollar fuel :D

Not sure on the Scorpion, but the Ergo I run uses 2~4 gallons per hour. So in that 12 minutes he probably used around 1/2 gallon of fuel.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3303 on: April 21, 2016, 05:15:54 am »
     What is the advantage of the barsaw head, vs. a hot saw? More control? Just curious. One of our contract guys just picked up an older buncher and is trying that method out. Other than that, we have a few state Red pine final felling clearcuts where it is specified in the contract "full tree skidding only". It basically wipes out all the underbrush and opens up the soil. The state figures they are getting their site prep for replanting for free, and I can't argue with them. Some of those will be bunched, pulled in with a skidder to the landing, and processed by a CTL harvester. Other than that, we pretty much just fall with the harvesters.

Often we work in Rocky rough ground and he will prep the skid trails to speed up the forwarders.  Digging and pulling stumps etc.  Also one cut for bigger trees.  Using the head to lift up the machine to turn.   Other contractors have harvesters fall the wood that the hot saw can't efficiently get to, we can get it all with this machine.  Except swamps...

The new machine is plumbed for a hot saw or  bar saw.  If it seems like a big advantage down the road we can swap.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3304 on: April 21, 2016, 07:15:12 am »
Great video !! Thanks for posting. I love seeing how it is done.  Makes my tractor and winch look silly though .....

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3305 on: April 21, 2016, 08:14:07 pm »
That one stick looked a little long. ..

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3306 on: April 21, 2016, 08:27:58 pm »
Love the pictures and videos.  Thanks for posting  Those TimberPros look awesome but they have not made an impact around here.  I would also love to operate a Scorpion.  The extra window room must be nice.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3307 on: April 21, 2016, 10:00:22 pm »
     I have no experience operating the Timberpros.  But I do know one thing about them- when they punch through soft ground, it ain't just a little :o  There's been more than one around here working frozen swamps that went down so far the top of the cab was below ground height ::)  I got to forward a job where the Timberpro had drove out in the swamp, sunk about 2 feet, and backed right out and called us to come cut it with CTL equipment.  I skidded the whole job right past his ruts, until I finally fell through on my last load :D That's the worst I've ever fell through, I actually had to throw my load off to get out.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3308 on: April 21, 2016, 10:12:01 pm »
     1270, what would you rate as the more beneficial aspect of the Scorpion harvester- the visibility, or the self leveling?
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3309 on: April 23, 2016, 05:11:50 am »
     1270, what would you rate as the more beneficial aspect of the Scorpion harvester- the visibility, or the self leveling?

I would say the visibility.   The leveling and active suspension is great, but you couldn't utilize it fully without the visibility.   It's a well designed package.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3310 on: May 04, 2016, 08:47:16 pm »
 

 

A forwarder operator's favorite time of year, when the aspen bark is slipping.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3311 on: May 04, 2016, 10:02:33 pm »
Yep bark really started slipping today. Easier to find the eab trees that way. Not that it matters anymore other than justifying our actions.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3312 on: May 04, 2016, 10:06:55 pm »
Aspen and Basswood bark are terrible not only for the forwarder man but the processor guy and the trucker. Sometimes it wants to wad up under the measuring wheel on the processor throwing your lengths off and the forwarder and trucker have to mix a little dirt in to keep the logs from sliding all over the place.

But at least your working. We are still waiting on restrictions to go off so we can get back to work.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3313 on: May 05, 2016, 06:31:00 am »
 

 
A nice sunrise with our new Timberpro

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3314 on: May 05, 2016, 06:33:23 am »
1270d,you have a great day
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3315 on: May 05, 2016, 09:48:00 pm »
I always dreamed about being in the woods when the sun rises.  Sometimes still do. :)
Nice pictures.
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 #3316 on: May 05, 2016, 10:08:42 pm »
 

    

 
Not cutting much great. Few 1-2 log pasture oaks and fw. 

 
When the going get tough, you start pulling cable.  :D  skid is so long from the back its worth while. 

 
A "little" pond we have been doing just up the road. 

 
Finally got my free antique squared away, move

   it about 3 miles down the road when I get home. Working alone and this should speed things up.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3317 on: May 05, 2016, 11:37:51 pm »
      Good times ;)

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3318 on: May 06, 2016, 09:18:54 pm »
Assuming you mean the slippery bark you're almost sounding a women , good means bad or  no   means  yes and so on.  ;D
Or did you bend some thing ? :)
Make sure you know how to fall properly when you fall and as to not hurt anyone around you.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3319 on: May 06, 2016, 09:54:04 pm »
Running machinery and dealing with women are just the same....

when you hear something grinding, just smile and nod.   And then fix it fast.

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