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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2019, 06:26:16 AM »
you would be further ahead to buy that fabtec thats on here for sale. thats built for the woods. i say this because i tried what you want to do 30 yrs ago. you only want to put tracks back on and replace track links just so many times 

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« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2019, 06:49:23 AM »
Plus you really need to guard stuff up like the cab, the house, and the undercarriage is going to cost you a good chunk of change. To keep the tracks on youíll need bear paws and rock guards which are a treat to build. Heavier belly pans nothing like having something go up through your rotary manifold or have a travel motor get bent by a stump to end a day in a hurry. Youíre not running daily to justify a new machine, heck your high number was the low number when we got quoted a couple years ago on a small track harvester.

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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2019, 07:27:08 AM »
Plenty of excavator based machines are used in the forest. One would not expect to be cutting firewood in the middle of the summer heat. Even commercial logging gets shut down if there is too much fire danger.

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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2019, 08:06:02 AM »
I understand what you guys are saying, but if I buy something used, it's going to have thousands of hours on it from being operated by who knows who. I can't imagine my 311F with 300hrs causing me more problems. Maybe I'm wrong. ?? 

Cats of that size aren't wimpy machines and I'm only using it for <20" wood. I've got a great dealer 45 minutes away, a warranty, shop guys that walk me through problems on Cat iron, and a parts drop 10 minutes from home.

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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2019, 08:55:00 AM »
We have a cat 320 with a head on it that Iíve busted the travel motor off of even with being fully guarded.

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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2019, 09:46:14 AM »
You can always process at the landing. Just skid to it with an older skidder. A smaller excavator would work just fine on the landing. Also, stroke processing heads don't require a lot of oil flow so you should be fine with existing oil cooler. Working it on the landing wouldn't need a lot of extra guarding either. A purpose built forest machine is great but by the time they get down to a manageable price, you have so many existing machine hours on it that the downtime can be a bottomles pit. Just trying to say there is more than one way to go about it.

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« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2019, 10:41:06 AM »
That's exactly the thing. It doesn't matter who made it or how good of a job the dealer did with their "DuPont overhaul", when you buy a machine with 11,000 hours on it, problems are right around the corner. 

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« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2019, 06:04:58 PM »
11000 hrs would not scare me if it looked good. my rottne has 19000 hrs on it. unless your 311 has a lot more travel power than my 311 it isnt going to like it. i only started in 78 i am still learning

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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2019, 06:43:38 AM »
I'd be most concerned with how soft the cab, engine hood etc are.  Especially the cab.  Death comes from above in woods.  Forestry machine's have tough roofs on the cans, heavy Lexan windows and or steel screens etc.
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« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2019, 07:08:24 AM »
I'd be most concerned with how soft the cab, engine hood etc are.  Especially the cab.  Death comes from above in woods.  Forestry machine's have tough roofs on the cans, heavy Lexan windows and or steel screens etc.
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« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2019, 07:09:54 AM »
Thank You ;D  I've been staying out of it ;) ;D :)
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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2019, 07:46:40 AM »
I'd be most concerned with how soft the cab, engine hood etc are.  Especially the cab.  Death comes from above in woods.  Forestry machine's have tough roofs on the cans, heavy Lexan windows and or steel screens etc.
A forestry cab is a must even for sitting on a landing just processing at least then youíll have a chance if something gets away from you. I remember seeing a difference for the harvester processor cab guarding vs shovel out here back when we were allowed to just guard them.

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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2019, 09:15:12 AM »
11000 hrs would not scare me if it looked good. my rottne has 19000 hrs on it. unless your 311 has a lot more travel power than my 311 it isnt going to like it. i only started in 78 i am still learning
What year/version is your 311?

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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2019, 07:55:02 PM »
There was a contractor here who did small scale forest improvement work with a small Kubota? and a patu stroke head a few years back.  He worked with it for a few years and did some really nice work but it was painfully slow   Personally I would be very leary of putting a small excavator in a forest harvesting environment but it has been done
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« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2019, 09:22:52 PM »
The tigercat operators say they would rather use an 8-10 K hour tigercat 845 (non tilting if the ground slope is ok)  than a new converted excavator.

A Landy's website (excavator conversion) shows how much is put into the Hyundai conversion above. New cab screen, 1/2 inch lexan etc,  diesel tank guards, belly pan, new track drive guards etc
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Re: Mini-Excavator Harvester Heads
« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2019, 09:42:03 PM »
 This is the Hitachi EX 150 with a Risley Slingshot I used to have.  It's got a lot of extra guarding for woods work.




 

 
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« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2019, 07:30:13 AM »
This one?

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« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2019, 04:28:00 PM »
It was a 20 cord a day machine.  It worked OK.  Simple machine.  No electronics.  Not a lot of tractive power but it was pretty whipped when I got it.  Had a lot of tail swing.  I'm pretty sure Roland Equipment did the conversions.
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« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2019, 05:50:11 PM »
So it looks like a hotsaw stroke limber head i guess?  Howd you like that part of it? Could it buck to length?
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« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2019, 05:53:20 PM »
Wait is that shears?
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