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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2019, 06:35:34 AM »
We make our  trails about 5 ft wide. Enough to drive snowmobile through. Some sections are a bit wider. Its pretty much one way only.

We would be better of if we cut our trails early winter really just after ground is frozen and before the big lots of snow. The problem is that we need the snow to get to the woods so its kind of a catch 22. Best time to cut trail before snow, not enough snow to get to the woods on snowmobile. So there you have it.

We should have the main trail done in a day or so then as we cut we gradually add branch trails to the main trail.

I have a section selected up through a steep brook where i plan to rig my ZIP line logging idea . This will be done a littl later once we get more established.

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2019, 07:31:46 PM »







Trails getting cut slowly . Made first trip through with snowmobile today and picked up a bit of dry wood for camp stove . Cut our first 15 logs for this season

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2019, 08:05:46 PM »
How much land do you have to work on up there?
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2019, 04:55:17 AM »
We have quite a bit of land in one sense . There are many areas with very large ( east coast large) trees . The thing is that most of this is not within reach to log .

The land is very rugged. If it's not hills and cliffs then it's bog . No travel over it in summer at all. We log by snowmobile but this limits the distance  and locations you can log. Snowmobiles are not made for logging  there too slight by far and too expensive to operate .

 The distance you can drag logs with them is very low if your not going in the hole due to the high cost of gas then your going in the hole because your wearing out a 20,000.00 machine in two years .


For me this " logging" is just a hobby/passion . I love it in the woods and have always loved it from the first time I went with my dad many years ago .

It's -20C here this morning as I'm typing this so you have to be a bit crazy to go in the woods . To add to the challenge the sea ice is covered with thick slush under the snow for the first two miles so you have to make sure your at high speed all the time or your going to get stuck . This should get better as the temp falls but we're supposed to get more snow do that will most likely make it worse again as the weight of the snow forces the ice down and more water comes on top.

You gotta love it 

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2019, 07:19:15 AM »
-20C would be about -5F to me. Where's that Dang cold smiley. :) 
Thank you for spending the time taking pictures.
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2019, 06:36:29 AM »
 



 

Getting a few piled at the landing . We're going through a extreme cold snap so getting things started in the morning is a challenge . Better cold than mild for our work so can't complain . Work in the workshop today doing repairs to sled . 

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2019, 08:39:02 AM »
How many logs can you haul in a hitch with the snowmobile?
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2019, 12:44:33 PM »
Very hard question to answer . Too many variables. Snow conditions, length , diameter of logs . Are you going all over level ground or is there a hill on the path home etc etc etc 

Look in my gallery and you can see different pics of loads of logs we haul .

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2019, 02:44:57 PM »
Great pictures. cheers
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2019, 07:45:11 PM »
Would an ASV track truck work for hauling your logs out ?
You can pick one up very reasonable. 
When I was in the snowmobile club I ran one to groom the side goat trails.
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2019, 09:20:38 PM »
Those cold temps will certainly help out to freeze up that slob ice! Looks like your off to a good start, as the old guy's around here would say " That's some pretty nice vir junks you got there"!

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2019, 09:25:50 PM »
Do you pile that with a Peavey?   :o
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2019, 12:05:30 AM »
" That's some pretty nice vir junks you got there"!
@bushmechanic: That might translate to nice "fir chunks", no?

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2019, 04:57:52 AM »
That ASV truck looks kind of interesting . Like a J5 with wheel steering . Might work good as long as you started early in the fall making trails and kept them broken down after each snow fall . If you were going in to start trail building later you might have issues with the deep snow . There is also the width . Trails would have to be wider , thus longer to cut . With a proper sled behind it might prove interesting for sure . If you were doing fire wood as well as logs I think you could really give it a go . You could do more of a clear cut type of operation . Small and scrap trees are cut for firewood and you pick out the log trees as you go. 

-22 here this morning do the " slob" is frozen . The vir translates to fir . It's a local slang thing . Same in NFLD . 

Going back in cutting today . Going to be cold but gotta go .


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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2019, 12:04:38 PM »
Was back up near James Bay working for the past couple of weeks.  Daytimes dipped to -38c with windchill.  Came home to -20c and felt like ripping my jacket off down to the tshirt cause it was so toasty.  

QuebecNewf, I'm with you - the colder the better.  Only downside to it is the metal on any machine gets brittle and oils turn kinda peanutbuttery.   You're on the right track using the sleds since they're made for the cold and really can sneak down your paths without a major clearcut.

Keep going!!!  Great work!
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2019, 08:27:12 PM »
 

 

 
Our log pile is growing . Oh and it is winter . Was -20 last night at the cabin . When I got up in the morning it was -3 and we had 5 inches of snow . It cleared   Of and then the temp started going down again . -25 now and we have a snowstorm coming in tomorrow after noon . Then it's calling for freezing rain on Monday . Then slashing back cold on Tue . 

What can you say ..... Go with what you get 

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #36 on: January 19, 2019, 09:58:19 PM »
Thank You Sir for continuing to allow us to follow along on your journey.  Stay/work safe and keep us posted.  :)
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #37 on: January 22, 2019, 09:23:08 AM »
Great pictures! Do you log on the mainland and saw on the islands?
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2019, 04:28:25 AM »
The logs are on the mainland my mill is on a small island next to the island where the village is located.

Weather is giving us fits . Last week it was -31 one day . Almost to cold to log but not to bad . Today it's +3 and raining . High winds as well so we may lose our ice bridge to the mainland . We're home now waiting out the storm . Supposed to chop cold tomorrow again . We have two of our snowmobiles left ashore on the mainland . Don't want to take a chance on the ice breaking and your stuck with your machines on the island .

We have a little over 100 logs cut so far but the conditions are making it interesting to say the least 

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2019, 08:24:50 AM »
Youre more man than i sir.   

I couldnt handle those sort of temps
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