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Chainsaws / Re: FS560 metallic clanking noise in blade head

« Last post by ladylake on Today at 04:01:21 AM »
 My Solo weedwacker has that sound coming from the clutch.  It's normal as it had a sticker on its when new saying it would do that.  Steve
Sawmills and Milling / Tarped Out of the Rain

« Last post by Bindian on Today at 02:22:46 AM »
I got tired of our daily nuisance rains, that kept me from sawing for weeks on end, so I put a tarp over the mill.   It is a 28x39 foot tarp. 

 I wanted narrower, like 20 feet, but it was all Harbor Freight had in stock.   I used a 1/2 rope over the mill between two huge trees.  I used the Mahindra's loader to tighten the 1/2 inch rope, while I was on the telehandler platform screwing a hand formed "tunnel clamp" over the rope into the tree, then I tied the rope to itself.


I had my friend run the telehandler while I went up into the surrounding trees and tied off lines.  One side of the tarp is attached to the fence top board.  I added some permanent support boards on the sawdust chute side, over the sawhead near the tongue, and 2x2s over the log loading side.

I still had some sag at full sawhead height, so I added 2 movable support boards. 

 They will keep the rain from puddling on top and keep the tarp off the sawhead at full height.  They will be moved around for log loading and first cuts on 36 inch logs. 

As the first forecast rain is later today, we will see.  It will be a work in progress to tweet it to stay up and shed rain correctly.  Any bets how long it will last?
hugs,  Brandi
Forestry and Logging / Re: North American Wild Fires 2021

« Last post by Riwaka on Today at 12:29:48 AM »
2021 burn area larger than 2020's so far.

Forestry and Logging / Re: couple pics... post what your currently cutting

« Last post by barbender on Yesterday at 11:59:54 PM »
 I see a couple guys on FB ask "should I get into logging" and when 90% of the reply are RUN 😄. I run some older stuff and the idea of big payments seems like the smarter thing to do sometimes, every night till 9-10 turning wrenches lately. 


 Ship 3-4ld the end of this week and just get caught up to chase it again 😄. 
I wondered if it would work... it did not... 🤦‍♂️ 

 Want to get my trailer blasted and painted in a few months, didn't want to put an oak deck on to rip it off, sawed 2.25 x 8" GOOD hemlock... 80' boom lift WALKED threw that trailer deck... 
Forestry and Logging / No tractor but getting it done.

« Last post by Mesquite cutter on Yesterday at 11:22:29 PM »
One of these days I will be able to buy a tractor.  In the meantime this will do.  

FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! / Re: Veggie Garden 2021

« Last post by mike_belben on Yesterday at 11:21:23 PM »

I growed them taters, just before i ate them. Looked ugly but sure tasted fine.  Made the stock also. And the firewood i smoked it on.  Next year maybe ill grow the pork in there to boot.
General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Old Greenhorn on Yesterday at 11:17:27 PM »
Well I doubt that's true, I am pretty sure a good little fire and a pot of coffee could keep us conversing for many hours, but I get your point none the less. I will come armed with many questions and would love to get a look at that funky little instrument you have for one thing. I'd like to see, if I can some of your artwork too, not the wood stuff, the 'other' stuff. You're an interesting family, so I will arrive with open eyes.
Alternative methods and solutions / Re: Hydraulic Winch Parker F11

« Last post by fluidpowerpro on Yesterday at 11:09:05 PM »
A bent axis motor like the Parker/Voac F11 is a very efficient design and would do well in a winch application because it has very good starting torque characteristics. As others have pointed out, you will need to have a gear reduction on the output. Most often this is a planetary type gearbox which will get you the necessary bearings for the heavy loads on the cable. There are some companies that make the winch drives that have the planetary gears inside the winch drum so all you need to do is plug the motor into it. If I recall, there is a company called Pullmaster that probably offers a winch set up like I describe. Make sure you hook up the case drain line on the motor or you will blow the shaft seal...
General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Jeff on Yesterday at 11:08:36 PM »
If I yell you everything now, you'll be tired of just looking at me in 10 minutes. Tops.
General Board / Re: Knee high by the 4th of July

« Last post by mike_belben on Yesterday at 11:06:26 PM »
Whats funny is that i have many variety of volunteer tomatoes that came up whereever they wanted.  The corn kept the san marzano maters honest. No stunting, no bushyness, hardly any suckers.  Completely spindly, tall skinny mater plants that went STRAIGHT up without any stakes.  The corn is holding it in place.  They look wierd at 5ft high with 1/4 inch stems!

Nature is really something.  Those plants knew theyd better climb or die.  My other ones in full sun by themselves in a different patch are fat bushy slobs that dont want to get off the ground and need to be tied to the pole every few nodes.  

This has been my best performer yet.  The trick was 8" deep of freshly dumped, loose black topsoil from digging out my old compost built garden and relocating.  I ran in some triple 10 with a mini tiller and thats it.

 Im very happy with the swingset type stick frame.  I tied bailing twine down from the stick onto the vines and twist the new growth onto the twine every few days. The butternut and cukes got so heavy i had to brace the pole with a center post, it was bowing into a smile.

I have discovered that copious amounts of beach sand breaks hardpan clay up to where it can no longer re-clump, which has killed a lot of plants on me by mid summer.  Rain compaction.

 Thats my next experiment for turning hard ground into garden.  Washed mason sand is about $25 a pickup load nearby.
General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Old Greenhorn on Yesterday at 11:04:35 PM »
As I recall, we're cranking the spit at right around 1 RPM.  :)
Oh c'mon Jeff, this is the FF! :D I was wondering if you turn it by hand (kid power?) or use a motor. Gas or electric? If electric, is it 220 or 110V, gear reduction motor?, if so, what kind of grease do you use in the gearbox? Do you change the grease yearly? Do you use a lighter grease because of the radiant heat? There are lots of questions here, I mean, the details are important. ;D ;D :D :D It's something that we can debate and discuss until, like, November or so. :)
 OTOH I could just wait a week and see for myself. ;D I guess I am just overly anxious to get there and hang out.
Alternative methods and solutions / Re: Roof sprinklers

« Last post by mike_belben on Yesterday at 10:52:47 PM »
The tote was just a numbers run for today to see if it was worth the effort.  Im gonna use an 18ft round pool that we just stood up.  about 7,000 gallons of water.  I think it would take about a week to raise that 5 degrees.  

I stuck my hand in the top of the tote and couldnt feel any temp rise.  As the delta T shrinks it will get less effective at cooling the roof down.  A 20g water heater tank or something however could probably stay at 120f all the time.  Be handy for an offgrid gravity fed hot water supply.  Solar could easily run the pump. Tank in the rafters.

I always kinda thought about cooling my future cabin roof with a recirculated coi pond.  Keep the water turning over and help keep out solar attic gains during the noon sun.  

Sawmills and Milling / Re: home-made hydraulics

« Last post by mike_belben on Yesterday at 10:43:11 PM »
Nice job on the hardlines.  Most people overlook the flareless tube nuts. Handy stuff. 
General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Jeff on Yesterday at 10:43:05 PM »
As I recall, we're cranking the spit at right around 1 RPM.  :)
Forestry and Logging / Re: Chainsaw Holder/rack

« Last post by mike_belben on Yesterday at 10:36:52 PM »
Nice work roundhouse. Ive turned my quad into as much of a service truck and food plot tractor as possible too. 

Best i got for fueling machines.  I dont put many hours on. 

I made the tractor attachment into the junk carrier.  Wouldnt normally carry 2 big saws but that day i was attempting some fancy felling that i expected to get pinched on. 

General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Old Greenhorn on Yesterday at 10:36:38 PM »
Interesting Jeff. All the pig roasters around here are wood fired. That's a nice setup you have. I'll be interested to se what kind of drive system you have.
In any event yours is much less labor intensive, obviously borne of experience. When we did a pig roast here, I started the fire around 8pm the night before and sat up until 2am feeding the fire (glad the beer held out) then my 'pig crew' came in at 4am and picked up from there at around 4am and I think they put the pig on at 8am or so. Served up on time at 2pm. But a wood fire is a lot harder to control and 'calm down' so we had some 'char' on that pig skin. Our lab layed under the cutting table and made a pig out of herself taking care of the 'drops'. She could barely walk for about 12-15 hours. :D :D Her coat had quite the sheen for a few days after too from all the fat that dripped on her.
FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! / Re: Veggie Garden 2021

« Last post by Al_Smith on Yesterday at 10:32:18 PM »
The growing conditions this year are nearly perfect for tomatoes .I've got "big boy " vines up over 8 feet high  and loaded .I'm going to need to guy wire them .Cucumbers look like a jungle .The rabbits got the green beans, should have fired up the electric fence I guess .Yellow squash I have no idea as I don't normally have good luck with them or peppers for some reason .
General Board / Re: The Hardwood Island Trail

« Last post by Jeff on Yesterday at 10:20:02 PM »
Lynda found this photo from ubout 10 years ago. The only time I ever got her out to the hardwood Island, Before the big trees were brutalized by storm and age. 


General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Jeff on Yesterday at 10:13:36 PM »
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