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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3440 on: May 01, 2017, 11:52:45 PM »
Plenty of slashing going on up in this country still. We have 2, plus a few contract cutters sith conventional crews. That's just our outfit, I don't know what the breakdown is percentage-wise, but I'd guess 60-75% of MN timber is still cut tree length and slashed. We're kinda the opposite, probably 80% of our volume is CTL.
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« Reply #3441 on: May 02, 2017, 12:01:03 AM »
Still know quite a few buncher/slasher crews over this way.

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« Reply #3442 on: May 02, 2017, 03:15:25 AM »
It pays if you have some nice but logs and good price . Local mills pay not much more than pulp price for hardwood logs ($230/mbf). Our better prices for hardwood were in the Maine market with the veneer.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #3443 on: May 04, 2017, 11:23:23 AM »
No, not as much tree length skidding and slasher work here like there use to be especially if grade logs are involved. Most is CTL and landowners prefer harvesters and rubber tired forwarding over tree length logging.

This job happened to be in a subdivision development with lot site clearings with mostly low grade sawlogs and pulpwood being removed so a slasher is being used.
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« Reply #3444 on: May 06, 2017, 11:08:44 PM »
I attended the Interior Logging Association show in Vernon, BC this afternoon, the equipment display was impressive to say the least. 


 
Some of the equipment was huge like this feller/buncher.
 

 
This is not a good picture of a huge machine that at first I couldn't identify, it is a portable chipper.
 

 
 

 
One of the biggest grapple skidders I have ever seen.
 

 
This is a neat machine, a cab forward grapple forwarder. With the cab up the drive motors and hoses are readily accessible.




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« Reply #3445 on: May 07, 2017, 01:14:56 AM »
Beautiful iron. Biggest thing about any of them is the payment!

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« Reply #3446 on: May 07, 2017, 12:49:08 PM »
They need to move a lot of wood to make these pay for themselves. The fellow I was with is a trucker with a lot of low bed experience, he didn't want to think about moving some of these pieces into the bush. ;D
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« Reply #3447 on: May 07, 2017, 12:56:12 PM »
Looks like banker's bait.  😀
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« Reply #3448 on: May 07, 2017, 02:41:21 PM »
I new a guy years back that got a new jd540 and ran it a year and a half and never made a payment on it never worked around his home town always 1-2 hours away I think the only reason he got snagged was the truck broke down while he was moving it at night and the cops came along  :D

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« Reply #3449 on: May 07, 2017, 04:06:39 PM »
The "Repo Man" is also known to work at night. ;)

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« Reply #3450 on: May 10, 2017, 12:30:50 PM »
Some big timber tracts are regularly needed to support their ownership. ;)
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Re: Timber Harvest Methods & Equipment
« Reply #3451 on: May 26, 2017, 05:18:25 PM »


Video taken this week of a JP Skidmore CF-22 cutting in Lower Michigan.

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« Reply #3452 on: May 27, 2017, 06:44:39 AM »
some would say pine limbs easy it dosent. the pasture pine you have dosent look much different than what we have here

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« Reply #3453 on: May 28, 2017, 09:37:18 PM »
Good video of the Skidmore.

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« Reply #3454 on: June 22, 2017, 10:09:45 PM »
 I got a new office today😊



2017 fresh off the boat Ponsse Buffalo King. Actually, we've had it for almost two weeks but just finally got it out in the woods today. Between some service on my prior machine and setting up the computer etc. on the new one, I only got about 40 cords out with it today. I'm loving it, here's to a hundred cords tomorrow!😁



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Driving view, yes that is an oven on the right of the console, in case I want to make cookies or something😂



Finally, two of Ponsse's technicians from the local Grand Rapids, MN shop. We had to replace the rotator on my old machine, I just took this picture for the scale of these SG420 grapples we've started running. I talked the boss into trying one this winter, I liked it a bunch so we got the same one on the new machine. They are quite large, as you can see😊


Too many irons in the fire

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« Reply #3455 on: June 22, 2017, 10:40:22 PM »
I got a new office today😊

Again ?  :o   And with a oven, I am so jealous  8)

Now you better make your boss some money !
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« Reply #3456 on: June 22, 2017, 10:53:54 PM »
Ahhh, that new Ponsse smell.

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« Reply #3457 on: June 22, 2017, 11:17:58 PM »
Nice new wheels! I suppose you have an assistant to run the oven, coffee machine and computer?  Did it come with a new hat too or did the boss keep the hat?  :D

If you are going to be picking up 100 cords tomorrow, I guess you will have to miss the big show and dinner at Crandon tomorrow. You got a better deal than a dinner anyway. Dinners don't last as long as that new machine will.
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« Reply #3458 on: June 22, 2017, 11:49:54 PM »
Nope, Gary, I won't be making it to Crandon. I can probably bring one of my kids to tend to the oven, etc. and I got 2 hats- I was wearing a John Deere hat today, the Ponsse guys made me forfeit it for an extra Ponsse hat😁
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« Reply #3459 on: June 23, 2017, 05:49:48 PM »
You are going to be tired tonight if you do pick up 100 cords of that peckerwood like I see in the bunk in one picture. Looks a little like Birch but not sure.
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