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Offline Haymaker101

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Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:40:02 PM »
Hi,
I have 600, 30 fir trees to clear planted 8 on center. I need a way to delimb the bottom 16-20 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 1 and the treees do not exceed 10-12 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 whats 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.
Lets hear your ideas, thank you

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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
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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.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 04:02:10 PM »
Sounds like a job for the FARMA-N!
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 04:22:58 PM »
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017, 04:25:09 PM »
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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.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2017, 05:07:45 PM »
Im 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

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 05:42:21 PM »
The Stripper Delimber
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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.
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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.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2017, 07:41:00 PM »
Im looking for the $500 dollar option, not 5k to 120k as shown. Thanks guys

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 08:39:43 PM »
Im 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.
Im 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.

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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.
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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.

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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 :)
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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.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2017, 02:18:59 AM »
Hi,
I have 600, 30 fir trees to clear planted 8 on center. I need a way to delimb the bottom 16-20 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 1 and the treees do not exceed 10-12 dbh.
I have tractors, grapples, trackscavator, skidsteer,
 And farminwinch available to use.
I have a bunch of cedar with 1.5 to 3" limbs (dead) and some live limbs.  I used my Skytrak with forks - start at the top and just drop down - they pop right off (standing trees).  How high can you reach with your grapple?
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2017, 06:21:34 AM »
When you read Jeff's translation, remember that proper Yooperese is spoken with a Finnish accent.

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2017, 11:58:35 AM »
The Stripper Delimber

I agree the Stripper is too much $$ for your situation

maybe fabricate something like it.
for the base, use the trailer hitch frame from a manufactured home
for the vertical post, use a 12 inch pipe
for the head, use a 12 inch pipe cut in half with a heavy piece of steel for the handle
for the swivel, a pipe to fit inside the 12 inch vertical pipe. do not forget to grease the swivel.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2017, 12:01:25 PM »

Im 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
yep a good cheap setup, but have to re-clamp around every tree.

Modify - i watched the vid and it looks like they are delimbing the same tree.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2017, 09:36:57 PM »
I agree with building a delimberbased off a old trailer frame. I dont need somthing that rugged as in the videos and appreciate the feedback

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2017, 11:14:04 PM »
Im looking for the $500 dollar option, not 5k to 120k as shown. Thanks guys

How about an AXE and a CHAINSAW. 

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2018, 07:34:54 AM »
chain saw your only gonna have what 40 cd maybe

 


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