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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #60 on: June 04, 2013, 06:09:51 PM »
Is the drive hub the rear axle off of a pickup? It looks familiar.
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #61 on: June 04, 2013, 06:19:12 PM »
Ha! You are correct sir. Dodge, I believe. I figured why reinvent the wheel...or at least the axle.

Is the drive hub the rear axle off of a pickup? It looks familiar.

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #62 on: June 05, 2013, 12:19:08 AM »
Oh I can totally appreciate repurposing items. That is a slick unit you built, you should be proud of it. Just don't be flipping the ASV over ;)
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #63 on: June 05, 2013, 12:48:19 PM »
Thanks! And I'll try an keep the tracks under me.

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #64 on: June 05, 2013, 12:51:39 PM »
This side up ;D
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #65 on: June 12, 2013, 06:25:26 PM »
Hey Northforker have you done any good size cutting with that rig as far as small woodlots and stuff,also you should look into building a stroke harvester or something along that line and keep up the good work,I always love seeing what people can build and stuff like this just blows my mind smiley_clapping
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« Reply #66 on: June 13, 2013, 02:10:40 PM »
Thanks redneck_logger! The biggest tree I've felled with this is probably about 16-17" and that's much bigger than I'd dare grab on to. I actually thought about building a stroke harvester at the time I was building the disc saw. There's no reason it couldn't work. What I've learned is that my ASV has a plenty of power for felling trees, but has a pretty limited carrying capacity, basically 2200 lbs. at the bucket. I envisioned cutting trees and carrying them upright through the timber, thus keeping the weight close to the bucket. The video below shows that it's easier said than done, even in a stand that's fairly open.. So my next project will be designed to cut a tree down, cut it into manageable lengths, then carry or skid them. I'm designing a grapple right now that I can add a saw cassette module to when I get around to it, then possible adding some CTL module, either stroke or wheels.



Hey Northforker have you done any good size cutting with that rig as far as small woodlots and stuff,also you should look into building a stroke harvester or something along that line and keep up the good work,I always love seeing what people can build and stuff like this just blows my mind smiley_clapping

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #67 on: June 15, 2013, 09:50:45 PM »
Right on buddy that sound like a good idea, id say by the look of things you would have no problem fabbing up a harvester head of some sory
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #68 on: November 14, 2017, 03:18:03 PM »
NorthForker,

Do you have any pictures of the motor assembly including the coupler to the hub?

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« Reply #69 on: November 17, 2017, 05:03:31 PM »
I don't have any pictures (and it's now covered in snow), but I made my own flexible mount of sorts. I used a rigid coupler between the motor and hub shaft with a shear pin on the hub side, but mounted the motor to the frame on rubber mounts and with slightly-oversize mounting holes. This way, the motor can wiggle a bit if it needs to.

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #70 on: November 17, 2017, 07:24:16 PM »
Pretty awesome attachment.  Now that youve got some time on it.. Anything youd do differently if there was a version 2.0?
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #71 on: November 17, 2017, 09:40:31 PM »
My brother has one slightly similar. It is on an ASV85. The differences are that he bought a shear, then he built the part to grab the tree. He has 2 shears, only one wears the holding part to grab a tree. He finds he has plenty of GPM and pressure to do the job. He does not carry the trees though, unless rather small, he cuts then tips it where he wants to set it down.However, he also has a stump grinder attachment and that works better on his Bobcat Toolcat, a little more GPM and about 200 more PSI.
What model is your ASV, his has 25 gpm at 2700 PSI the toolcat has 27 GPM at 2900 PSI. What seems like just a slight difference makes a big difference with the stump grinder.
On his ASV he also mounted a Fransgard V4000 rigid mount on the back, drives the winch with a hydraulic motor.
While my brother is a retired aircraft mechanic by trade, he has a small machine shop ( 2 lathes, a milling machine and some other things and does some machine work for hire, he is also an excellent welder and fabricator, while I've only successfully welded one thing that did not fall apart.
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #72 on: November 24, 2017, 09:55:49 PM »
(and it's now covered in snow)

To say that on November 17th is wrong, simply wrong.   :D

Took this today....

 

 

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #73 on: November 30, 2017, 01:18:02 AM »
Very impressive fabrication work.  Should work really well for small pine and hardwood. Just be careful with larger trees. I have been a feller buncher operator for 22 yrs now and when u are cutting and trying to carry your trees just be car full because all that weight in the top will turn u over really quick. Should work well for what your wanting to do with it. Nice work. Would love to hear how it performed for u

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #74 on: December 26, 2017, 02:51:25 PM »
here is a link to northforker's bypass grapple
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,67465.0/all.html

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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #75 on: December 26, 2017, 03:14:29 PM »
Malwa forwarder to harvester - dual -use machine


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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #76 on: December 26, 2017, 08:26:59 PM »
So the black suitcases were just ballast weight?
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Re: DIY Fellerbuncher
« Reply #77 on: December 26, 2017, 09:16:54 PM »
That is a slick machine - perfect for a one man CTL operation.  Anyone know what one of those cost?
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