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Offline g_man

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Re: Tractor logging
« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2010, 07:01:18 PM »
I use a 32hp 4WD Kabota with a Grapple on the loader, Farmi winch, studded ice chains and loaded tires. It weighs about 5000 lbs. Most of the steering in winter is done with the brakes. I cut and ship sawlogs to a mill 7 miles away. My average load is 500 bf in a one ton truck. I cut balsam fir that it averages 10" to 12" dbh with a max of 16". I skid out 2 or 3   30' to 40' limbed logs at a time depending on size and conditions.  I ship only  10 and 12 foot sawlogs. In summer it is slow work. I figure I net about $10 per hour at $275 / mbf. ( I dont hurry - to old ). In the winter it is even slower. I have to spend a lot of time packing the skid trails. Heavy going shuts me down until things freeze back up. Working in deep snow with the cable and chokers is hard work. I keep off the steep parts in winter. My equipment handles this and firewood well. I have alot of pine that is to big for me unless it is in an easy level spot. I like the work and am improving my woodlot but could never make a living this way. This is my experience - hope it helps.

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Re: Tractor logging
« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2010, 05:58:28 AM »
I should add my $10 / hr only considers fuel as an expense. The cost and maintainence of equipment is not included. And the the time and costs associated with making and maintainuing the trail system is not included. As mentioned by someone else, you need good trails for a tractor and for the most part the tractor has to stay on the trails. Especially in winter or on a rough hilly lot.

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Re: Tractor logging
« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2010, 06:42:19 PM »
mainiac, Please be careful logging with a tractor, It can be very dangerous if you are not experienced. I've got over 5000 hrs. on tractors an a lot of that is logging. If you have any interest PM me, you could come to my place or I could come to yours and share info. on procedures for logging.

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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2010, 07:44:28 PM »
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Re: Tractor logging
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2010, 10:09:16 AM »
I traded my 30HP Kubota 4X4 4 years ago - I had it for over 10 years.
Tires were calcium filled & it had ag/bar tires. (no chains)
It was all it could do when snow got above 1ft.
My neighbor had the same setup with a 25hp Kubota - & he had a 2wd Massey 35HP with filled tires with chains neither would do the job unless snow was cleared.  

My current 37.5 HP JD 3520 with calcium filled tires & studded Trygg SMT chains is no good above 2 ft of snow.
If it wasn't for the FX90 winch & chains I wouldn't even bother in more than 1ft of snow.  

Even occasional 3 ft drifts have to be cleared 1st  

On the 3520 I even put on my VERY heavy high volume bucket - to give the front more weight.

Hanging up in snow always seems to be the issue as well as trying to turn.
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