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Offline Ron Scott

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #360 on: January 29, 2003, 06:37:05 pm »
More wood hauler truck names noted in my travels.

"Blue Ox"
"Patchwork"
"Spud" (Again)
"Dog Train"
"Boo"
"Polar"
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #361 on: January 30, 2003, 06:56:06 pm »
An informal survey of the number of wood hauler semi's traveling Michigan highways was made during a recent trip from Cadillac, Michigan to Iron River, Michigan to Hancock, Michigan and return.

Miles Traveled: 974 miles
Number of Days enroute: 3 days
Number of Wood Haulers counted enroute: 82 semi's

Results:
1 log hauler /11.9 miles of highway
27 log haulers per day on highways

A good way to pass the time; "counting logging trucks" and observing their "handles".
 
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #362 on: January 30, 2003, 08:00:06 pm »
Ron,

I'm with you , but I doubt it'll ever replace "a hunnart boddles uf beer on da wall"

Noble
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #363 on: January 31, 2003, 02:09:09 pm »
 Take a look.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #364 on: January 31, 2003, 03:27:20 pm »
There has just got to be one heck of a story to go with this picture!!! :o

Sure would like to hear it. This guy had a badder day than I did today ;D

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #365 on: January 31, 2003, 04:37:09 pm »
Yes, lets hear more. More pictures also??
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #366 on: January 31, 2003, 06:04:39 pm »
 Unfortunatly i don't know the story. I found them on a local university site. I'll email them and see if anyone knows anything.

This one isn't as bad.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #367 on: January 31, 2003, 06:13:19 pm »
Is this a road building job, pipeline construction, or a timber harvest??
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #368 on: January 31, 2003, 06:44:30 pm »
Here's some more goodies.




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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #369 on: January 31, 2003, 06:46:53 pm »
Ron, i found it on the university's forestry section so i assume it was a logging road they were building. I have no clue why the guy drove on the pond or whatever he's on.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #370 on: January 31, 2003, 06:51:04 pm »


What do you guys think of this rig?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #371 on: January 31, 2003, 08:20:11 pm »

John Deere 740 Skidgine.  900 gallon water capacity, 300 gallon foam tank, front water monitor, full plumbing of a conventional fire engine and an angle blade.

A new life for an old skidder.  This is a fully functional fire engine that saw service in Colorado and other fires during the summer of 2002.  It's back at the shop for upgrades.  

Fire fighting is has always been a side business for western logging contractors.  Some take it more seriously than others.

We have the Firetrack here as well.  It is owned by another contractor.  It is a converted Army missile carrier that now sports a blade,  fire engine capabilies and a flame thrower for back fires and slash burns.



Fornt view of monitor.

A $8000 dollar addition.



The controls, notice the joystick in the upper right corner.  This is used to control the monitors spray direction and foaming capabilty.  The foam is used to prevent structures from ignition during wild fires.




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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #372 on: January 31, 2003, 10:16:35 pm »
Hi Scott

What is that thing? Looks like at cross between a Treefarmer and an IHC Quadratrack farm tracktor with heavy duty tracks. I'll bet it really pulls!

Mark

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #373 on: February 01, 2003, 01:48:39 pm »
 It must be a custom kit. I've only saw 2 pictures of such machines on the web and both were from Canada. i think the base machine is a Timberjack 480B or C.

Make: Timberjack
Model: 480 4-track
Year:  
Price: $$30,000.00 CD
Condition: good
Hours: 6955
Serial: CK2316
Description: D5H running gear, winch and grapple U/C good condition; Cummins 6BT motor; 11'8" wide weight 53000 lbs. steep slope skidder

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #374 on: February 09, 2003, 02:24:22 pm »
 Ron, lets see some more pictures.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #375 on: February 09, 2003, 02:59:06 pm »
I don't want to bore everyone, but will have some more pictures as the logging picks up some with improvements in the weather. Hopefully others will post some also.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #376 on: February 09, 2003, 05:16:42 pm »
I DonT think you gotta worry about boring anyone, Ron. :)  You've posted some fantastic pictures on this thread. Just keep'em coming.  You really should look into a digital camera, though. You must be spending a fortune in film developing. :o
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #377 on: February 14, 2003, 05:22:33 pm »
Iron Mule 5010 Forwarder. Carries a "bunk" of aspen pulpwood. Harris Hardwood Sale 1/03.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #378 on: February 15, 2003, 12:39:23 pm »
 Thas a funny looking forwarder. Is there any reason for the short bunk and the front axle being back so far?

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #379 on: February 15, 2003, 05:27:55 pm »
Iron Mule 5010 Forwarder. A closer look. The Gafner, Iron Mule, first built in 1957, went through several improved models and was one of the most successful pulpwood forwarders ever made. It was very popular during the mid 1960's an 70's.

In 1988, the Gafner family of Escanaba, Michigan sold their Michigan-based operation to the Finnish state-owned Valmet corporation.

A number of Iron Mules still operate in selective managed timber stands where they can articulate in and around trees doing "short-wood" harvesting with minimum impact and least damage to the residual stand and remaining crop trees.

I'm always pleased to have an Iron Mule working on my managed timber harvests.


~Ron