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Author Topic: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment  (Read 881146 times)

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3340 on: June 08, 2016, 10:21:48 pm »
 

 

A little downhill work today in the Scorpion.   These won't climb like a tracked machine, but they can go down hills that make your stomach flip.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3341 on: June 08, 2016, 10:35:20 pm »
Looks familiar :D. Today was going down a hill and I just about had my feet on the dash to stay in the seat.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3342 on: June 09, 2016, 02:49:06 pm »
Never a good day when this happens... >:(


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3343 on: June 09, 2016, 09:57:45 pm »
We all get those days, it's just part of the game.  :D

Do those boogies float ? Or can you apply pressure to the one side and limb out of the woods ?

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 #3344 on: June 09, 2016, 10:18:17 pm »
They float. That tire has had a bad bad sidewall for 2 years it was just a matter of time until it blew. I swung the boom off to the side and took some weight off it and drove it out. Then swung the boom farther over and unlocked the frame to get the tire up off the ground. Off was easy we will see about getting it back on tomorrow.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3345 on: June 09, 2016, 11:03:36 pm »
Yep, a flat tire is kind of a "groan" event :(
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3346 on: June 10, 2016, 07:12:35 am »
 wonder how they would be foam filled  :-\

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3347 on: June 10, 2016, 07:16:41 am »
I'd imagine the ride would be rougher than heck. They are filled with calcium chloride but that still allows them to flex over rocks, stumps, logs, etc.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3348 on: June 10, 2016, 07:02:12 pm »
Who does your tire service?    All of my tires are dry, but I've heard a lot of ponsse guys run the juice for extra stability.   We also almost always have Pomps come change them in the woods.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3349 on: June 10, 2016, 08:41:26 pm »
We sorta do our own tire service. I took it off and took it to Whitetail tire down in Ewen, and had a new used tire mounted up. Came back and tossed it on and away we went this afternoon. The loaded tires make a huge difference in stability when reaching off to the sides. 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3350 on: June 10, 2016, 09:49:59 pm »
Have never worked far enough west to deal with whitetail.   R&r in lanse a time or two.   The scorpion has the active stabilization and is rock steady.   I'd be afraid it would be a lead balloon in swamps if the rubber was loaded.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3351 on: June 10, 2016, 10:51:22 pm »
This old girl doesn't have any fancy pants active stabilization :D, just the oscillation joint frame lock. But on hills reaching out to the sides with the frame locked the whole machine will get a little light from time to time. On a steep downhill If I reach the boom straight out and grab onto a decent sized tree the cab end of the machine will come off the ground if I'm not careful.

As far as weight all 4 boggy tires loaded up only adds like 4800lbs to the overall machine which still puts the machine under 49K which I think is what the scorpion weighs? Being an 8 wheeler your machine will float a lot better, the 6w Ergo sinks like a lead balloon under the cab in a hurry.

R&R in Lanse? Was that the place in the old ford dealership there on the hill going out of town?

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« Reply #3352 on: June 10, 2016, 11:35:23 pm »
Yes, was in the Ford dealer.   They closed over a year ago I think.  mine weighs around 55 k all tracked up.    Only thing I've been wishing for lately is balanced bogies.   We have been in some hills and the regular ones aren't nearly as good for climbing.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3353 on: June 13, 2016, 12:21:42 am »
 

 
 I'm not a fan of hammering a woodlot, I do everything I can to make sure that there is good wood left and a future for 15+yrs from now when my kid can come back and cut it. The guy who cut these 20+yrs ago didn't think that way. Cut the very best and ran, lots of small junk wood, alot of scarred wood, landowners basically told me to make it look good. 

 
 I don't know how I went without one of these.  :D :D :D. It's not really that slow, spent some time and went thru it, now I won't part with it. Below 24" on the stump it doesn't care. 460 literally can't shovel me wood fast enough. Can't give firewood away right now. 

 
 I rarely get to cut alot of good wood. Little bit here and there but alot of pulp and garbage. I will say stacking the brush in a few spots in the woods makes it so clean. It's almost scary now seeing how much ground and wood you can cut in 1 day. Be back in the cab by 7am.  :D

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3354 on: June 13, 2016, 06:33:26 pm »
I know what you mean with harvesting poor stands. We do a lot of stand restructuring and aesthetic improvement with stands that were "hammered" and high graded in the past. We are more landscapers than loggers. ;)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3355 on: July 01, 2016, 09:52:08 pm »
 

 

Here is a shot of my ScorpionKing all ready to load up heading to a new job.   It's the only harvester that folds up like this.   Kind of a pain compared to some.
  The head had a bolt on guard over the top knife and this rests on the machine steps, which are bolted in place.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3356 on: July 01, 2016, 10:38:29 pm »
That is a bad looking machine.  :D  alot of hrs on it already ?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3357 on: July 01, 2016, 10:56:08 pm »
About 3200 now.   It's a sweet ride for sure.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3358 on: July 22, 2016, 04:52:39 pm »
The last two afternoons I used the TD7G to convert a rough old skid trail into a trail I can run my tractor and winch on. With a small dozer it can be challenging to find enough dirt to straighten out what the skidders left on rocky hillsides. Every big rock you push up either has to be buried or you need to find more dirt which brings up more rocks to fill the hole. These are my roads so to me it is worth the time. It is fun work and I have to concentrate so much I forget that it is hot out.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3359 on: July 22, 2016, 07:19:13 pm »
Nice work g_man.  My oh my your woods looks just like mine.  This past spring I used a Cat 308 with a thumb to groom and layout new trails here (another post thread).  I too expressed how hard it is to scrape up a shovel full to drop into the holes after the rocks were either removed or moved around to get it smooth.

The final trail smoothing was a ton of work, but totally worth it.
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