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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #780 on: September 26, 2004, 07:29:45 am »
 Ron, there was a little FT-133 that worked around here for a few years. They used it for final felling, up to 20 inch logs and almost all tree length. Also they had him working on some pretty mean hills. I posted some pictures of it awhile back when it burned.
Swamp Donkey, looks like a really nice job theyre doing there. Those haul paths look more like nature trails.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #781 on: September 26, 2004, 10:07:48 am »
There were some large spruce in there the operator couldn't get the felling head around, so had to go around them ones. :D  There were even some fir that where very close to being too big for it. At one point awhile back my college was told to take more wood. :D We are treating this area real special because of the camps on in beyond the harvesting. And them big overmature fir will stap off real easy in high winds. I seen on the leeward side of the site the snow has been mauling down the softwood regen, but them red spruce are pretty tough customers. I hate that when snow drifts and packs down on the regen.  >:(

Them trails look like nature trails in person to. ;D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #782 on: October 04, 2004, 06:23:21 pm »
Fabtech FT 1-33 Processor. Harvesting aspen. Deshermeir timber harvest; 8/04.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #783 on: October 07, 2004, 05:14:08 pm »
Fabtech FT-133 Processor. Working in hardwoods.
Deshermeir timber harvest; 8/04


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #784 on: October 15, 2004, 05:17:55 pm »
Wood Hauler "All Show". Lee timber harvest 9/04



More Wood Hauler names noted:

"All Show"
"Finndian Outlaw"
"Out of Work"
"Bill's B Train"
"Power Stroke"
"Last Ride"
"Should Have Been Home"
"Dog Train"
"Big Guy" (Gee Jeff has a truck named after him)
"Scare Crow"
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #785 on: October 15, 2004, 06:13:41 pm »
I'll know that I have finally arrived if one of the mill manufactures ever name a model "Big Guy"  :D
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #786 on: October 15, 2004, 06:35:35 pm »
 :D :D

Jeff, where ya headed? ;)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #787 on: October 16, 2004, 07:34:51 pm »
I have some pics of our operation here in the U.P. Not quite sure how to get them on here. We have a valmet 544h harvester and a 5010 ltx iron mule. I would like to share them with everyone so any help gettin them on here will be appreciated. thanks

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #788 on: October 16, 2004, 07:39:22 pm »
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #789 on: October 17, 2004, 07:43:19 am »
Good to hear from an Iron Mule user. There are a few pictures at work here. I favor them as a "low impact" and "light on the land" machine due to their small size.

It's getting harder and harder to find them and the existing ones are kept working.
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #790 on: October 24, 2004, 06:50:49 pm »
Tree Faller Prepares to Buck Sugar Maple Tree. The sugar maple tree has been fallen and limbed. It is now ready to be bucked into sawlogs. Lee timber harvest; 10/04.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #791 on: October 31, 2004, 08:57:11 am »
Tree Faller Limbing Another Sugar MapleTree. The tree is on the downside of a steep hill. It will be cabled tree length up hill to the flat on top for bucking with use of a 230A Timberjack cable skidder. Lee timber harvest; 10/04.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #792 on: November 04, 2004, 07:00:25 am »
Skidding Sawlogs Up Hill. The Timberjack cable skidder is backed up against some standing trees on the hill top. The standing trees will hold the skidder in place while it is used to winch the sawlog trees up the hillside. The trees will then be skidded to and bucked in the flat field on the hill top. Lee timber harvest 10/04.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #793 on: November 05, 2004, 03:08:46 pm »
I also drop my blade and set the brake when druming in a turn.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #794 on: November 11, 2004, 05:36:40 pm »
Valmet Forwarder & Timberjack Cable Skidder. The Valmet forwarder picks up the "cut to length" products from the tree lengths pulled to the hill top by the Timberjack cable skidder. The forwarder will carry the wood products to the landing/decking area across the field where they will be trucked to the saw and pulp mill. Lee timber harvest; 10/04.


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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #795 on: November 23, 2004, 03:49:43 pm »






These photos are of a New England Central RR train passing the station in St. Albans VT on its way to the McNeil Station Generating plant in Burlington, VT.  A 55 Mw wood chip fired generating station.  Chips are delivered to a yard in Swanton, VT where they are loaded onto hopper cars for the trip to McNeil.  This keeps the neighbors happy without the truck traffic.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #796 on: November 23, 2004, 06:18:19 pm »
I like the fact that there are still trains being used to move forest products. In my local area it was common place to have trains move wood chips, pulp and paper products. The train is no longer operating in the upper Saint John River Valley as they were removed in the 1980's because of declining business and increasing demand for trucks. At the time some serious flooding had removed older bridges, which the railway companies seized as a way out of the area. The old rail ways are now part of New Brunswick Trail system. They will only remain that way as long as the politics of the day allows it.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #797 on: November 23, 2004, 06:35:11 pm »
Interesting information about the generating plant and where the wood chips come from:

http://www.burlingtonelectric.com/SpecialTopics/Mcneil.htm

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« Reply #798 on: November 24, 2004, 02:51:03 am »
I wasn't surprised to see the cost of the chips off the train were higher becasue the trucking rate is probably fixed by the trucking association in the area. Add that to the train freight cost and it's got to be 1/3 more, at least.

There is a wood fired generating plant in Fort Fairfield, Maine. It is owned and operated by a Canadian company, Boralex Inc of Quebec. Sawmills in New Brunswick close to the plant will send hog fuel and other waste residue they can't use as pulp. The source of most of this residue from New Brunswick is from crown lands and a smaller percentage from purchased private woodlot wood.

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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #799 on: November 27, 2004, 08:30:58 am »
Working Over The Timber Access Road. Final repairs and maintenance is made to the access road that needed to be build to access the timber sale area. The access road must be left in a suitable condition for future use by 2 wheel drive vehicles. Lee timber harvest 10/04.


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