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Portable skidder bridge
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:32:19 PM »
Looks like good design for getting around in your wood lots or as a sawmill product.

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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2014, 10:30:36 PM »
Loggers used "crane mats" to form a temporary bridge across the creek on my leased land last year.  After the logging was complete they were removed and water bars placed to prevent erosion.  They worked very well.
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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 06:43:26 AM »
When you make them be sure you drill the holes straight or you will fight the rod. I hold a framing square next to the drill when drilling.
 

  

  

  

 
With the ends offset it helps hold them from moving sideways and you can chain them together too.
The other thing is to use a 1"x10 or what ever , Lay it on top of the first one you are drilling now you have a pattern . Just keep using the 1"by to mark the holes goes faster than all the measuring.
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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2014, 10:04:43 AM »
looks like yours are a bit heavier then the alternating 6x6 and 6x8 used in the vidio.
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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 05:51:11 AM »
Peter, what length are you making your mats?

These are a great idea. I see the power company using 12ft bridges around here while their working on the power lines. I see them going up the road by the score and have wondered about them. Looks like I might try to add these to my list of products. The fit my belief system, so they should be an easy sell....
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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 06:44:45 AM »
16' to 20' hemlock. 6x10 or 6x12
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 08:55:58 AM »
Years ago the mats here in Maine was made from hemlock. I sold some hardwood to a mill in New Portland for mats for the CMP upgrade.
 
 

 
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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 08:49:35 PM »
Just got a notice in my inbox today about a couple of skidder mat workshops being offered by the Maine forest service later in the month. Gonna see if I can free up the day to go....it's free and lunch is served. Just have to find out how much of the state I've got to traverse to get to one of them.
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Re: Portable skidder bridge
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014, 11:02:18 PM »
We made a set of mats out of 4x8 hickory.  They held up well.
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