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Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« on: January 05, 2012, 04:16:22 PM »
I have a Blockbuster 2222 and have thought it would be handy to have the machine mounted on a tracked undercarriage so it would be easier to move around the woodyard especially if it was muddy.  I think a small excavator undercarriage would work and the existing hydraulics could be used to power it since it wouldn't move and operate at the same time.  Add an integrated conveyor and it would be a great self contained unit.  It would be similar to a tracked grinder with a folding conveyor.  The downside would be to move it would require a lowboy.  Has anyone ever heard of or seen one like this?  I'll probably never get around to doing this to mine, but it seems like a good idea.
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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 05:43:56 PM »
This is a little different but would do the same thing. Remove the axle, install a 1 ton rear axle with disc brakes. Install a hydraulic motor at the drive shaft yoke to drive it. then use the brake to steer it.  Install a large wheel on the tongue that can swivel and you are on your way. No tracks but if you install a disconnect on the hydraulic motor you can still tow it and If it gets muddy install tire chain. I thought about doing this on the processor Im building.

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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 08:20:17 PM »
unless its a real old excavator it would need more oil flow and psi than what you have. my cat runs 5000psi to the travel motors. a lot of crane carrires have been built by using an old truck remove cab motor leave trans in place attach hydr motor to trans  using the hydr from the crane [ big pulp loader] to power it will need an extra valve

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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012, 09:25:54 PM »
I thought about doing that to my chipper but could not find an undercarriage that was cheap enough.
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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2012, 07:43:36 AM »
NWP,welcome to the forum. He's thinking.
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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2012, 08:53:40 AM »
NWP, it took you a while to fine the "posting button".  :D  How about an intro  ???   

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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 09:41:13 AM »
I usually just read posts.  I am north of Kansas City MO about 25 miles.  We produce several hundred cords of firewood per year supplying restaurants, individuals, and bundles to campgrounds.  We also produce color enhanced landscape mulch and do some logging, preferably walnut.
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Re: Firewood processor on tracked undercarriage
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2012, 06:40:17 PM »
Maybe an old dozer undercarriage, like a td 6?
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