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General Board / Re: Maple Syrup 2018

« Last post by maple flats on Today at 12:03:48 PM »
Update on my situation. Since I have surgery coming on 4/18 and because of the cancer delaying everything, I only tapped 225 at the sugarhouse (Unlike Glen Goodrich who will eventually have about 200,000 taps all direct to the sugarhouse). That includes some trees that have never been tapped before. Since the tapping was finished the weather has been so cold that I've only gotten a little sap. I hauled one load to a friend to boil because it was not enough to run the RO and start a boil. Today I'll get a little, temps going up to 36-37F, tomorrow everything should run and I will finally have my first boil. Yesterday it got to 37 but I only got 100 gal, most areas never thawed until late in the day. Shortly I'm headed down to check for leaks and maybe my first boil, more likely tomorrow. From here on our forecast looks like maple weather for 10 days at least.
Forest Education / Re: My woodlot, sad shape

« Last post by Klunker on Today at 12:02:36 PM »
 You have too many deer.

Go find some hunters.
 And yes maple is a favorite.  
Yes, too many deer.
One of the problems with hunting is I live in area with mostly private land. Average size is probably around 40 acres. Lots of 5-10 acre lots with a house on them. Most land is either the owner hunts it or nobody hunts it. As soon as the shooting starts they go to the nearest "refuge" of private land thats off limits. In my case thats about 1/2 mile north. You can see deer out in the fields on the off limits land in the evenings during the season. My neighbor to the east hunts his land, Last year he shot 2 does. From his house you can watch the deer on the off limits land. Herds of 20-30 most evenings during the gun season. There usually several nice large bucks that you'll only seen right at the peak of the rut. We watched 4 nice bucks last fall before gun season right from our house. I'll bet we see them again next fall. Interestingly the DNR claims that the #1 cause of death of deer in my area is starvation. Corn fields are great till its harvested and plowed over.
One  problem with bow hunters is that almost to a one they only hunt for antlers. Our 9 day gun season is when the deer are hunted heavy.
I have thought of taking up hunting again. I could harvest one with a crossbow during bow season and one during gun season. That's only 2. If my neighbor shoots 2-4 off his land that is still only 1/2 of what I saw in the woods a couple of weeks ago. When those does have twins in the spring that means 6 does goes to 18 deer in one year. The state is stingy with doe permits for the gun season in my area. Most hunters which have great sway over deer harvest contend that there are not enough deer. Not one behind every bush.
I have maple seedlings completely covering areas in the woods, one of hundred might get just the leader nipped off. The rest go untouched. But an Oak seedling has no chance here.
I'm thinking that some of the areas that I dropped and left the aspen might get some oaks growing in the tops out of easy reach of the deer. We'll see.
Everyday I walk down to get the mail I walk back thru the woods chasing up what ever deer are around at the time. Even if I carry a gun and blast off a couple of rounds after awhile don't you think the deer will get used to this foolish dude with his pockets stuffed full of mail and firing a gun. Deer seem to get used to certain human behavior. They can recognize individuals.
I think the best bet for me is to find the seedlings I want to keep and protect them till they are out of the "deer zone". Thanks for your thoughts.
For Sale / Re: Timber Framing Hand Tools for Sale

« Last post by Brad_bb on Today at 12:01:48 PM »
Looks like this hasn't been updated for awhile Jim.  Is there a more current list?  Looking for another Draw knife. Brad
Chainsaws / Re: demands on saw? " just firewood"

« Last post by sawguy21 on Today at 11:49:43 AM »
It depends on durability. The low priced entry level consumer saws won't stand up to hard use day after day, as you suggest the average weekend warrior probably cuts less than a cord per year. The more serious woodcutter needs to step up to a mid range farm/ranch or pro saw to make efficient use of his/her time.
Chainsaws / Re: demands on saw? " just firewood"

« Last post by teakwood on Today at 11:39:10 AM »
Maybe they are referring to the size of the saw. a small saw that is good for just firewood?? 
Chainsaws / Re: Own three chain saws if possible.

« Last post by teakwood on Today at 11:36:43 AM »
i don't owe saws that won't run. they get fixed quick or replaced by a new one, period!
Forestry and Logging / Re: Tree felling tutorials?

« Last post by maple flats on Today at 11:35:35 AM »
Maybe I missed it, but I highly recommend you go to a Game Of Logging (GOL) training, it will teach you a lot about using a chainsaw and felling trees. When I took it (sessions 1 & 2) I had been felling trees for 30 years. I learned a lot of safer ways to do the job.

Several years ago, I had a farmer friend who was cutting a hedge row tree, he notched it properly and then started the back cut, when the tree fell it landed directly on his 2 yr old 120 HP tractor and broke it in two. That cost him a whole bunch to get the tractor moved and then repaired. He never took the GOL training.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Broken leg

« Last post by boonesyard on Today at 11:33:56 AM »
Ouch, Ouch, Ouch! Sorry to hear of your misfortune, heal fast and well.

Hey, wait a minute. A backup camera for a forestry hardhat ???
Chainsaws / Re: Any news on the MS 462?

« Last post by teakwood on Today at 11:32:23 AM »
Awesome! do you know something when they will be available in America? 
Firewood and Wood Heating / Re: Next year's firewood supply....Done!

« Last post by 20ozjolt on Today at 11:28:13 AM »
Some what behind where I'm at now, but lots left to do. 

I've got way more to round and move to the piles but I should be selling off excess this year :-D

lots of cotton wood (crud wood but its free and buns), red alder, maple, some cherry, we'll see what else I get over the spring. 


Sawmills and Milling / Re: New MILL Circular or bandsaw??? Brand??

« Last post by Wyoelkhunter on Today at 11:20:28 AM »
Are the band mills quite a bit more efficient on the smaller diameter logs? If I ran a bunch of 16'' lodgepole and cut it into 1x material would i be better off going band mill? 
Timber Framing/Log construction / Re: Ponderosa Pine in Timber Framing

« Last post by Dakota on Today at 11:18:38 AM »
Deadwood/Lead, SD are the closest towns.  My place is 16 mi. south of Deadwood on Hwy 85, and about 3 miles off the road.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Broken leg

« Last post by Percy on Today at 11:08:30 AM »
Owwwww :o :o Get well soon!!!
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???

« Last post by Clark on Today at 11:00:50 AM »
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Beautiful sunny spring day for sawing, was warm enough to run straight water through the lube tank. Sawed up some 4/4 boards out of what I'm pretty sure is White Ash.
@Resonator - Are you sure that isn't basswood? Everything about it looks like basswood to me.
Travel Guide / Re: Fall 2015 trip to Maine

« Last post by RjMaan on Today at 10:57:28 AM »
Wow man, I think you have enjoyed your trip very much.
Forestry and Logging / Re: X710B Master Controller Not Pulling Fluid

« Last post by Sean Keys on Today at 10:54:57 AM »
I canít bleed the brake side because it wonít pull fluid into the cylinder. 
Chainsaws / demands on saw? " just firewood"

« Last post by 20ozjolt on Today at 10:51:01 AM »
Haven't been on in a bit... howdy all.

So I'm reading about some saws i found on CL I'm thinking about picking up, both are mid tier. When I'm reading I keep seeing they will be good if "all you do is cut firewood".

I have seen that a lot about a lot of saws, and i don't get it, If I'm doing firewood I'm felling, limbing, and rounding its a lot of cuts with very few breaks, and for the untrained cutter more dirt then some one that cuts a lot... it seems like a very demanding on a saw, what am I missing?

or is it an expectation that most people who are cutting firewood do a cord or less a year?
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Forestry Winch - How big?

« Last post by redneckman on Today at 10:50:11 AM »
My winch is cat 1 and 2.  The pins are bigger on one end than the other.  Just flip them around for cat 2.  I am surprised that the Wallensteins are not this way too.

I am not sure about the Wallenstein's but I think the actuall winch part on Farmi's and the Fransguards are basically the same design (just a bigger drum for larger cable) and a bigger frame.  The winching power comes from the HP of the tractor.  For example, say someone puts a 11k winch on a 100 hp tractor; it will likely winch 11k close to idle.  Put the same winch on a 50 hp tractor, and it might pull 9-10k wide open. 

I also considered the Wallenstein winches before I found the one I bought.  It has be used quite a bit, but from what I have read, the clutches seldon wear out.  A new coat of paint, and one new roller, I am in about 1/2 price of a new one.  I am going to also add a remote control function to it.  

Good luck with your decision.
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Broken leg

« Last post by tmbrcruiser on Today at 10:18:48 AM »
 Thank you to everyone for your prayers and wishes. Great thing is it will heal and I get to make more sawdust.  
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Forestry Winch - How big?

« Last post by shortaction on Today at 10:17:56 AM »
Lots of good thoughts here!  

Was just looking through the specs on these again and I just realized these are both for category I 3 point hitch.  My tractor has a category II 3 point hitch.  Would have to move up to the largest model FX140 to get into a cat II.  Not sure what all it would take to use the cat I winches but other cat I implements have been too narrow between the pins for my arms and the drive shafts are way to short and of course the pins are of smaller diameter.  Hmmm.

Thanks for all the advice and info, it is appreciated.
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