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Re: Pulling the trigger on a new processor this week.
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2017, 08:21:41 AM »
We bought a 4000 bells this spring.   Ordered it with the attached conveyor, circle saw and no cab.   I wish we hadn't bothered with the attached conveyor and went with a stand-alone.   Just because of the way it tows and it's kind of short for piling. 

It is a nice machine for sure.  Best part is, I haven't had to sharpen one single chain!

how many FULL cords have you run through it at this point??

Haven't done much with it yet.   About 50 full cord so far.   

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Re: Pulling the trigger on a new processor this week.
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2017, 10:33:38 PM »
Cabs are a must and over time I doubt you'll regret adding it from the start.       

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« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2017, 08:04:40 AM »
I have come around to agree with that. There is the safety factor to consider. And when you think about being out of the wind, rain, blowing sawdust.... It will be money well spent.


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« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2017, 11:26:42 PM »
 I recently bought a 6000 bells, originally we where going to have one modified and built without a cab, wouldn't want to be around it without the cab. Brent is real decent, I've had some questions and called up and everyone has been great. Watch the proximity switch pieces on the splitter, they loosen up and keep a small screwdriver handy in case you double click the splitter and she stays ran out. I've got the grizzly on the 32" and it gets out quite a bit of bark and fines. 

 
 The Simonds tool is 140 ? And teeth are 8 bucks each, I've heard guys claim ridiculous amounts of time on teeth, I'm running fairly clean wood and changed a few at 275hrs.

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« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2017, 05:50:16 PM »
I talked to the owner of bells (Brent?) at the bunyan show this fall and he seemed like a great guy. I asked him why his machines were the best. he answered in great detail and was real informative. I am sold on his machines now I just need to come up with the cash...  ;D  all machines are good and bad. it really all comes down to customer service and it SEEMS like a good company. blockbuster is a great company too but I'm not sure how rugged their machines are?
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« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2017, 11:11:39 PM »
 I know a FF member who has had great service from a larger blockbuster, I wasn't buying another barsaw machine unless it was 3/4 pitch.
 Here's the only thing on the entire machine that I hate, I'm more annoyed that I've got to take belting and carriage bolts and drill holes in a new elevator. This is going to happen 2-3x a day, sometimes you can back it out, the conveyor will run in reverse. Lots of fun climbing up the elevator 1/2 full of wood to knock the piece out. Gap is to wide on the end and a thin piece gets in and jams everything up, stalls elevator.
 

 

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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2017, 02:05:36 PM »
The Simonds tool is 140 ? And teeth are 8 bucks each, I've heard guys claim ridiculous amounts of time on teeth, I'm running fairly clean wood and changed a few at 275hrs.

So are you saying you like the sharpening tool or just swapping teeth out?


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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2017, 09:10:06 AM »
I know a FF member who has had great service from a larger blockbuster, I wasn't buying another barsaw machine unless it was 3/4 pitch.
 Here's the only thing on the entire machine that I hate, I'm more annoyed that I've got to take belting and carriage bolts and drill holes in a new elevator. This is going to happen 2-3x a day, sometimes you can back it out, the conveyor will run in reverse. Lots of fun climbing up the elevator 1/2 full of wood to knock the piece out. Gap is to wide on the end and a thin piece gets in and jams everything up, stalls elevator.
 

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We've got the smaller elevator and one of the cross links broke off from that type of thing happening.   Only 50 some hours on it.

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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2017, 03:45:37 PM »
I've got close to 5,500 hours on my 14-12 Block Buster.  It's just a little guy but it's performed exceptionally well.  I'm talking with them about a 14-12 Plus right now :) :) :) 
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« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2017, 04:42:22 PM »
Sounds nice.. I have a 48" circle cord king that I really like, it was a nice upgrade from a bar type much smaller blockbuster.. I have run both with and without a cab even down to -20* up here in AK.. Frankly I prefer to go without a cab.. we have a lot of twisted wood up here so I have to bounce out of the cab and readjust it fairly regularly.. it was nice with the block buster to just step away from the controls and fix the problem... Just one mans opinion..

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« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2017, 09:43:19 PM »
The Simonds tool is 140 ? And teeth are 8 bucks each, I've heard guys claim ridiculous amounts of time on teeth, I'm running fairly clean wood and changed a few at 275hrs.

So are you saying you like the sharpening tool or just swapping teeth out?
Just swap teeth. My time around a circle saw is limited, kind of new to me on a slasher, had 2 piece on our big mill. Yeah knock the rivet out, slide a tooth in and go. Supposedly I can get new teeth put on these shanks?

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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2017, 09:45:38 PM »
I know a FF member who has had great service from a larger blockbuster, I wasn't buying another barsaw machine unless it was 3/4 pitch.
 Here's the only thing on the entire machine that I hate, I'm more annoyed that I've got to take belting and carriage bolts and drill holes in a new elevator. This is going to happen 2-3x a day, sometimes you can back it out, the conveyor will run in reverse. Lots of fun climbing up the elevator 1/2 full of wood to knock the piece out. Gap is to wide on the end and a thin piece gets in and jams everything up, stalls elevator.
 

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We've got the smaller elevator and one of the cross links broke off from that type of thing happening.   Only 50 some hours on it.
Yeah I'm not impressed, did it 3 times the other day on 5 cord. I will say that elevator has guys, in 16-20" wood it's almost down to a crawl with how fast it spits wood out.

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« Reply #32 on: November 11, 2017, 10:32:51 AM »
It's ready to roll. :)




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« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2017, 01:05:04 PM »
Like the pictures.  ;)  ;D
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« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2017, 07:12:22 PM »
Thanks. It looks pretty solid. Anxious to put it to work. :)

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« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2017, 12:53:08 AM »
How's the machine treating you so far ??
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« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2018, 10:08:12 PM »
Sorry for the late reply, I've been keeping busy and haven't been on here in awhile. The machine is solid. So far no issues and I like everything I have seen on it. It is well built and user friendly. I'll post more as I get more time on it.

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« Reply #37 on: February 10, 2018, 02:06:14 PM »
I bought a Bell 1000 processor (the one shown on their web site) Sent a long time researching. Could not be happier. Also have demoed it to others. ( i love to) Do about 30 bush cords now a year. As to sharpening; very little and not sure why. It stays sharp way longer than a chain saw??? Maybe more oil on the bar. Bought a load of maple in June last year. Logs were real muddy ( won't do that again) Figured I'd be destroying chains but still on original chain with miner touch ups. As far as customer support I still can't believe how well I've been treated.   
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« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2018, 12:07:12 PM »
You will love the 4000.   We have had ours for a year now and so glad we upgraded from the 3000 bar saw.   We did original get it with out the cab and sent it back 30 hours in and have one put on.    If you can't set up with the wind in your favor it will be a miserable day processing without a cab trust me I have been there.   We got the 16 foot attached conveyor single chain and did have problems with it at first busting slats off.  We figured out the problem and seems to be good now. 
Also it is nice not having to sharpen chains too.    I have a bunch of videos of it running up on my YouTube channel if you want to check it out.

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« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2018, 05:10:38 PM »
Sure do hear lots of good feedback on the bells here on the ff. I requested quotes and info from them awhile back, and have 'em on my wish list when it's time to upgrade 8)
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