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Saturday's project
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:00:52 AM »
Earlier this week I received an e-mail from a hay customer referring me to a large red oak tree that recently fell at a local equestrian farm.   I drove out today to look at it before incurring the cost to transport my equipment.

Whoa..... 208" circumference at breast height!  Looks like I can get two 8' long, 5'6" diameter logs out of it / 24,000 lbs total.  That ought to produce some nice quartersawn red oak!  Hopefully it won't have much metal or rot, but I'll know more Saturday when I go up to retrieve it.

Looks like Saturday morning is going to be busy...

 

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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 12:22:43 AM »
Wow!
That will make for some nice pics....hopefully. :)
Will enjoy seeing how you approach that one. Top on down to the stump?
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 02:26:32 AM »
I bet there is some nice crock wood there too, and a branch or two that will produce a good bit of lumber!! NICE LOG!! ;D :P 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011, 05:04:58 AM »
You sure know how to make a guy jealous!  ;D
Post us some more pics!!

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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 05:44:22 AM »
Don't care where you are, that's a decent log   :)

Here I am cutting up 12" cedar logs with my swingmill, and you have that thing  to play with  :D

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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 07:01:46 AM »
It should be interesting, so you will just have to open it up and see what is inside.  I would suspect that the butt will have interior rot at least a couple of feet up.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 07:09:51 AM »
WOW!! that is huge. I would like to see some pictures of that being turned into lumber.
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 12:52:29 PM »
Will enjoy seeing how you approach that one. Top on down to the stump?

That's my thought too.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011, 12:53:29 PM »
It should be interesting, so you will just have to open it up and see what is inside.  I would suspect that the butt will have interior rot at least a couple of feet up.

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking.  I'll say this, it looks solid from the bottom.  We'll know more tomorrow.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2011, 12:54:45 PM »
WOW!! that is huge. I would like to see some pictures of that being turned into lumber.

I'll end seal the logs on site and bring them back to the farm tomorrow.  After that, I'll probably wait until fall to mill, so that I have some cooler weather for initial air drying before going into the kiln next summer.
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2011, 12:55:15 PM »
You sure know how to make a guy jealous!  ;D
Post us some more pics!!

Will do, although it will probably be a few months before I mill them.
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2011, 01:16:15 PM »
Please post pics of what you find when you buck them.
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2011, 04:08:44 PM »
Like to see a closeup of your tires after it's loaded. :o
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2011, 05:43:11 PM »
Like to see a closeup of your tires after it's loaded. :o


I'm not sure that I want to look at them.... :D

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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 05:44:04 PM »
Don't care where you are, that's a decent log   :)

Here I am cutting up 12" cedar logs with my swingmill, and you have that thing  to play with  :D

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Yeah, yeah, Ian, you can't fool me; I've seen photos of some of those mongo logs that you have in New Zealand!  Some of them make this one look like a toothpick! :D
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2011, 05:44:58 PM »
Please post pics of what you find when you buck them.

Brad, will do.  Probably will post them this Sunday.
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2011, 06:56:40 PM »
Keep us posted.
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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2011, 07:22:49 PM »
What do you have to load that with?

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« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2011, 08:03:33 PM »
Yes, I was thinking the same thing as Millwright. How are you going to load it and what do you have to transport it?

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Re: Saturday's project
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2011, 10:12:04 PM »
Yes, I was thinking the same thing as Millwright. How are you going to load it and what do you have to transport it?

My current plan is to cut it into two 8' long logs, estimate 6 tons each.  I'm taking a Cat 420Dit backhoe, and there will be a farm tractor on site with a FEL that is supposed to be good for 5000 lbs, or so.  Hopefully between both FEL's we can pick the logs up to place them on the trailer.  Plan B will be to roll the log onto the end of the trailer with the backhoe, and then either winch or roll it up the ramp onto the deck.  I don't really want to try parbuckling a log that heavy.

The trailer is a 37' deck, dual tandem gooseneck with a hydraulic dovetail.  I'll have to go back for the backhoe, as there is neither room nor weight capacity for the logs and the backhoe.

I designed the trailer for 10 tons on deck, with an additional safety margin.  I've actually had 15 tons on it and towed it for 100 miles w/o a problem, so I'm not concerned re the weight.  The tires are new, and the brakes are good (electric over hydraulic disc).

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