The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:




TimberKing Sawmills




Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Forest Products Industry Insurance


Norwood Industries Inc.


Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine



Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Woodshax Outdoor Vending Solutions

FARMA


Council Tool

Baker Products

Forestry Forum Tool Box

Author Topic: Ideas for delimbing fir trees  (Read 950 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Haymaker101

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 5
  • I'm new!
Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:40:02 PM »
Hi,
I have 600, 30í fir trees to clear planted 8í on center. I need a way to delimb the bottom 16-20í of the tree. I will process this wood into firewood. The tops I will burn in the spring.
The branches I need to trim are no more than 1Ē and the treees do not exceed 10-12Ē dbh.
I have tractors, grapples, trackscavator, skidsteer,
 And farminwinch available to use.
How would you do it besides which a chain saw? I found YouTube video of whatís called a Karsis Oy. They are not found America though, at least not online. I would like to buy something like this rather than try to build on.
Letís hear your ideas, thank you

Offline DDW_OR

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 749
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Glendale, Oregon
  • Gender: Male
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 03:31:15 PM »
as you probably thought this has been discussed before.
here is what i have found
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,94237.msg1536482.html#msg1536482
TimberKing 2000 & Talon Sharpener, Mahindra 5520 4x4, Max22 4x4, Bobcat Excavator 331, E80, Multitek 1610EZ
"let the machines do the work"

Offline DDW_OR

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 749
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Glendale, Oregon
  • Gender: Male
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 03:33:16 PM »
also please update your profile so we can see what country and city you are in.
TimberKing 2000 & Talon Sharpener, Mahindra 5520 4x4, Max22 4x4, Bobcat Excavator 331, E80, Multitek 1610EZ
"let the machines do the work"

Offline chubby

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 31
  • Gender: Male
  • Staying busy is the only way to stay sane.
    • GRAPPLEPROS
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 04:02:10 PM »
Sounds like a job for the FARMA-N!
http://forsmw.com/processor/5-15-b-50.0.38.2

Offline DDW_OR

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 749
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Glendale, Oregon
  • Gender: Male
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 04:22:58 PM »
TimberKing 2000 & Talon Sharpener, Mahindra 5520 4x4, Max22 4x4, Bobcat Excavator 331, E80, Multitek 1610EZ
"let the machines do the work"

Offline DDW_OR

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 749
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Glendale, Oregon
  • Gender: Male
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017, 04:25:09 PM »
TimberKing 2000 & Talon Sharpener, Mahindra 5520 4x4, Max22 4x4, Bobcat Excavator 331, E80, Multitek 1610EZ
"let the machines do the work"

Offline barbender

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5260
  • Age: 42
  • Location: Deer River MN
  • Gender: Male
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2017, 04:52:57 PM »
In the frozen north, all you have to do is skid them to delimb, they all snap off.
Too many irons in the fire

Offline Haymaker101

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 5
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2017, 05:07:45 PM »
Iím looking for this but in America, not Europe. Anyone seen one before? Sure I can weld and make one, but why reinvent the wheel. Thanks

Offline DDW_OR

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 749
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Glendale, Oregon
  • Gender: Male
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 05:42:21 PM »
The Stripper Delimber
TimberKing 2000 & Talon Sharpener, Mahindra 5520 4x4, Max22 4x4, Bobcat Excavator 331, E80, Multitek 1610EZ
"let the machines do the work"

Online starmac

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1503
  • Location: Fairbanks Ak.
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2017, 07:23:34 PM »
Up until 2 years ago the sawmill had their own logging crews here, it is pretty much all winter logging so they would just use rub trees and pretty much delimb with the skidder, any limbs left at the landing they would run the skidder over them and break them off. There were loggers logging pulp that did the same, when we had a pulp market.
Now the mill does not run their own crews anymore and prefer wood that has been run through a processor head. I do not even like skidder processed wood for my own sawmill either. Even the guy I hauled firewood logs to this year, much prefers wood that has been run through a processor, he has to do a little chainsaw work to skidder limbed wood before he loads it on his firewood proccessors.
Old LT40HD, old log truck, old MM forklift, and several huskies.

Offline Jeff

  • Fearless Leader
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 45274
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Harrison MI
  • Gender: Male
  • Proverbs 13:20
    • THEE Forestry Forum
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2017, 07:27:36 PM »
Oh man, I gotta quote that one.  :D

Up until 2 years ago da millin machine had their own logging crews here, it is pretty much all good sleddin season logging so they woulda just use rub trees and pretty much delimb with da skidder, any limbs left at da landing they woulda run da skidder over dem and break dem off. There were loggers logging pulp dat did da same, when us guys had a pulp market.
Now da mill does not run their own crews anymore and prefer wood dat has been run through a processor head. I do not even like skidder processed wood for disguy's own millin machine either. Even da guy I hauled smoked suckers logs ta dis year, much prefers wood dat has been run through a processor, dat guy has ta do a little powersaw work ta skidder limbed wood before dat guy loads it on dat yooper's smoked suckers proccessors.
Just call me the midget doctor.
Forestry Forum Founder and Chief Bottle Washer.

Commercial circle sawmill sawyer in a past life.

Offline Haymaker101

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 5
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2017, 07:41:00 PM »
Iím looking for the $500 dollar option, not 5k to 120k as shown. Thanks guys

Offline thecfarm

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 25656
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Chesterville,Maine
  • Gender: Male
  • If I don't do it,it don't get done
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2017, 07:44:29 PM »
And you guys have to remember,he only has a tractor. He's not going to bull through the brush without doing some damage to his tractor.
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

Offline Logger RK

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 414
  • Age: 57
  • Location: North west wis
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2017, 07:52:51 PM »
If it's cold enough & it's not a high production job,tie one end of a long chain to something solid & the other end that's has a slip hook around the tree your skidding out.Pull ahead & if it's cold enough you'll leave the limbs with the chain. Iv never tried it but a Women Skidder Operator I knew told me her & her Dad logged Balsum with a tractor like that.

Offline Skeans1

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 172
  • Location: Rainier, OR
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 08:27:21 PM »
My question would be are you thinning, clear cutting, or just removing the bottom limbs for looks?
Before we had a processor or a pull through we used a chain flail mounted to the back of a JD 555 track loader with a small shear head for cutting up front.

Offline Haymaker101

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 5
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 08:39:43 PM »
Iím clear cutting the area and will stump it on the spring. The area will be replanted with Christmas trees in the spring of 2018. All ground in flat and the trees are planted in straight runs.
Iím just looking for a cheap and easy way to delimb the trees so we can put it through our firewood processor. The top of the tree I will burn.

Offline Southside logger

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1288
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Wilsons (Dinwiddie County), VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Logging so I can afford to farm.
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 08:42:04 PM »
I think the "stripper" is around a $5K option.
'92 Franklin 170 grapple skidder
'92 Franklin 5000 wheeled buncher
Wicked Awesome Basset Hound * 2
JD 490D with 4 roller FabTek processer / hydraulic hose breaker
Hot wife
Wood Mizer LT35HDG25, Re-saw attachment
Official Member of the BBFC

Offline Skeans1

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 172
  • Location: Rainier, OR
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 08:44:58 PM »
Maybe a limbing gate would be an option. Are you already in the Noble fir Christmas tree business? Only reason I ask is there's been a ton planted in the last year so they'll be another glut coming in the future.

Online Corley5

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 7657
  • Age: 48
  • Location: Wolverine, Michigan USA
  • Gender: Male
  • Wolverine, Michigan
    • Whittaker Farms
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2017, 11:09:39 PM »
I'd agree that a limbing grate would be a good way to go :)
Burnt Gunpowder is the Smell Of Freedom

Online starmac

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1503
  • Location: Fairbanks Ak.
  • I'm new!
Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2017, 12:14:16 AM »
WOW Jeff, I go to a lot of trouble to not type how I talk, then youse change it right back.
Old LT40HD, old log truck, old MM forklift, and several huskies.

 


Powered by EzPortal