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Offline redneck logger

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ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« on: September 10, 2008, 07:26:58 pm »
do you guys think that this machine would be good engouth to thin woodlots .
got to love working in the woods

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2008, 08:59:44 pm »
redneck
The Alistor 8x8 looks like it would be small enough to get around. What would constitute "good enough" in your mind?

Economical?
Certain volume (cords, bdft) per day?

Do you have a dealer from which to buy, and how much are they?

If nothing else, they look like fun.  :)
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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2008, 07:37:51 am »
if i were possibly looking into it i think i would change my mind and try to make one like it

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2008, 11:03:10 am »
Thats a cute little outfit...(maybe a little too cute)

It looks like it would work good for thinning around N.S. It crawls around over the rocks etc quite well in the pictures.

The engine is just a twin Briggs and S...so you could get service easily. It is gas, dont know what the consumption rate would be, but I have a ride on mower with the same engine and is bullet proof.. I would think it would go thru a lot of fuel in the woods pulling hard.

I see it is made in England.

I always stay clear of serial number 1 products. If you need special parts and service they might not be in business next year or so....

You would probably do just as well with less up front money and risk to buy and old 4x4 farm tractor converted for woods work, with a forestry trailer or power trailer and a small loader, also a winch for the 3 point hitch on the back, up your way a friend of mine bought an almost brand new Patu loader and trailer for 12,000 a few weeks ago, it was just like new....winches are for sale everywhere for about 1500 in excellent shape, and lots of 4x4 tractors, you can use the tractor for other jobs as well, plow snow in winter etc., maybe even get a backhoe attachment, you have to be versatile in todays forest climate which is in the toilet around N.S.

Also easier to get rid of the tractor gear when you need to (someday you will)

You could also get a chipper , lots of blow downs now a days that people want cleaned up.

You can do really nice thinning with a winch if you have the time to run it properly, cut trees off, let them fall against others and yank them out of the clump...

I wouldnt invest a lot of dough in N.S. forestry ventures at the moment

Also better service for the tractors...if you get one over 62 HP on the power take off you wont have to pay GST in it...

Dont pay any farm equipment dealers what they ask as they are not selling any significant sized tractors only the small toy tractors are selling, as the farmers like us, have no money.

It is a buyers market...

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008, 02:06:29 pm »
i was thinking about skidding wood with a forcat 2000 and forward wood with it to


 or a john deere 810d foward 

got to love working in the woods

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2008, 03:19:50 pm »
Go with the Deere and make sure your saw chain is plenty sharp :D :D :D :D

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2008, 04:37:36 pm »
yeah i think i will go with (woodhog) because the deere will be about $150,000 and its cooler.
got to love working in the woods

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2008, 10:12:26 pm »
i was thinking about skidding wood with a forcat 2000 and forward wood with it to

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I had a friend demo a Forcat 2000 on my property for a group of landowners last winter. Quite a capable little machine, for its size. Seems pretty well thought out, and a LOT cheaper than some of the full-sized equipment. If I were looking for something in this size range, I'd be considering it. The original models had gas engines. I believe they are now making them with diesels. They've also made a few other refinements in the design over the past couple of years.

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2009, 05:11:20 pm »
http://www.alstor8x8.co.uk/diesel.html

The Alstor does come with a diesel.  Still don't know the price.

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2009, 06:54:50 pm »
Whats The price of those machines

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2009, 06:57:08 pm »
Whats The price of those machines

The Alstor 8X8 to be more specific

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2009, 08:23:32 pm »
I watched the video of this machine and it does a good job getting around in the bush does anyone know the price ?

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2009, 08:44:21 pm »
I'd have to go with the Deere...they will be around next year...

If I were going to build somethinf like that, I'd find an old Jacobsen
forward deck grounds mower..the diesel powered one, and adapt hi float tires,
and add a grapple trailer..power a small skid grapple off the mower hydraulics
and use aux hydraulics to run the grapple....

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2009, 08:51:27 pm »
What is the cost of one tire on the Deer? 

I just want a few rafter now and again and to do a little selective cutting and thinning, improvements on the land.

Those Brits put out some small stuff,  Avant is another ATV type of multi purpose vehicle.

http://www.directindustry.com/prod/avant-tecno-oy/multi-purpose-utility-vehicle-62812-403751.html

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2009, 09:08:28 pm »
What is the cost of one tire on the Deer? 
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Deer has legs.  ;D
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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2009, 09:38:47 pm »
I just read on another site the cost is around $30,000.  I must say that is a lot of dough. 

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2009, 04:49:39 am »
i have seen the alstors demo'd over here, they are very good, cover most terrain, will pick up some supprisingly big logs, and are a very good unit,

but they have small engines, no more than a ride on mower, and they are hugely expensive, they are made in sweden i think but the website, found is for the UK importer, engines etc are just honda/briggs and stratons so parts arent an issue and the hydraulics are standard parts, so i think you would get sorted pretty easily, i personally would look at a second hand small "proper" forwarder though, unless your trying to work on very sensitive sites, or thinnings in very small softwood plantations on narrow rows

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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2009, 05:21:34 pm »
looks like too short of a wheel base to be stable enough to pull a heavy load unless the trailer can not pivot up or down , only sideways to turn. I would look for something more conventional.
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Re: ALSTOR 8x8 mini forward
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2009, 08:34:53 pm »
They look impresive, but there stats show it can only carry a little over 4000lbs.  That's not that much.  If they had the ability to carry a little more I would think it would be a good investment.
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