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Author Topic: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.  (Read 2514 times)

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Offline dwchaisson

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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2017, 09:51:56 am »
I sure wish it was as dry in the west end of the island as it is where you are stephen, you can barely get off paved roads here, nice looking equipment!
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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2017, 06:56:52 am »
   Thanks DW ,  on the plus side there are lots of great folks west of the   "cattail curtain"  .   Planted trees in Enmore 36 years ago. Would have to check outback , but I believe the boots i wore are still wet.    :D
    Mr cfarm I find the different lengths very handy as well. Biggest problem after twitching with a skidder for so long is mussel memory. Grabbin for levers that are no longer there. Odd sensation   :-\   the nice wood helps big time.

 

 

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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2017, 08:54:13 am »
Nice setup

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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2017, 10:14:20 am »
Always enjoy your post, and your pictures Stephen Alford.  Keep up the good fight and enjoy!
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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2017, 01:52:01 pm »
 I keep 2-3'ers 2-4'ers an a 5'& 7' er it is so hard to remember I not young any more. Used to be you worked 24 hrs a day to pay payments now you work 24 hrs to stay alive  :D .
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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2017, 09:48:29 pm »
   Well so far so good. Landowner showed up this am..looked around ...then brought over hot coffee and fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies...always a good sign. The priorities are to generate a little revenue and have walking trails.  Not sure if this would be considered a typical second thinning.  This is my first so not quite sure what typical would be exactly. There does seem to be a demand for walking trails.
   Just a couple of observations for what there worth.   :-\    Have switched back to the leather stilh work boots. The reduction from a 11.5 rubber boot with liner to a 10 leather makes quite a difference in weight and reduces tripping when dealing with the slash.  Slash is rolled not drug. Switched to a more aggressive file because of cutting low stumps for the tractor. Will use up more chain quicker but hate a dull saw.
    One problem I used to have was with a tree that would get locked behind a stump. The fairlead has put an end to that.

 

  

 

   Here are a couple pics of the tractor working in the stand.

   

  

 

   Really surprised that the canopy did not close tighter in the 26 years since the thinning.

 

 


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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2017, 06:02:16 am »
That looks like a good piece of land. Looks like you can go anywheres there.
My land is a challenge to do that. Big rocks and knolls and uneven places,makes it hard to just go through the woods. Trails are marked and remarked and sometime remarked again.   ;D
I only have a few places that is all hardwood like that. Mine is a mix of soft and hardwood.
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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2017, 06:14:15 am »
 I too am envious of the apparent easy going,terrain wise.Stephen that winch and fairlead is a very nice piece of work.
 What model is that beast of a tractor?You have it tricked out super!
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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2017, 10:25:13 pm »
   Mr cfarm do you have any more pics of your tractor operation and skid trails  ?  Really enjoy seeing how other folks deal with woodlot issues. 

   Mr 47 sawdust it is a ford 5610 (65hp). This is a pic from the cab.


 
   The winch has a mechanical lock. This takes the strain of the hydraulics when twitching. The trick is not to twitch to tight. You have to be able to take the strain of to release it and then unhook the chokers.
 

 

The problem I had with the wood clam was the wood needs to be on the ground. In a thinning trees are laid into the adjacent crowns.
 

 

When it goes right the tree remains on the stump. One thing I did not expect was all the sucker growth at  the base of the trees left from the last thinning. On the plus side they serve to protect the trees  to be left. Once by with the twitch they are cut.
 

  

 

   

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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2017, 06:42:26 am »
No pictures as yet. Some of my wet holes I fill with rocks,and I do mean fill. I keep talking about the bog crossing. Now there are some rocks in that adventure.  ;D  This is my land,so any improvement I get to use for years. I fill the wet holes or uneven places with rocks. I go in with a bucket of rocks and come out with a twitch of wood. I have a nice wood road,gravel,I can't twitch logs on that. I've been looking at a twitch trail beside that one. I have one wet hole to go through. A spring runs there all the time. Deer come there for water in the winter time. Looks like rocks will be in use there. Than that feeds a wet spot that is about 500 feet long. I kinda have to go through there. So another adventure.
I mostly cut dead stuff or real bad looking trees. I have a OWB,so that is a great way to get rid of dead wood.
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Re: Heading in a new direction..more like a circle.
« Reply #30 on: Yesterday at 07:38:24 am »
   Look forward to your pics Mr Cfarm.  Not to get into the "onanon" loop but did want to mention the pintle setup has worked great. Removing the  hook so the butt plate can be flat while the winch is being used is the way to go. The  125'  of   5/16'   mainline has been a dream to drag.   The fairlead as optional  is a plus.  Well its time to scoot ..stay safe

 

 
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