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« Reply #10940 on: May 15, 2022, 03:13:59 PM »
The things I have to do to keep up with your production  @ehp.  
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« Reply #10941 on: May 15, 2022, 04:58:59 PM »
well if that was the case NW you would be sitting at home watching the paint dry and the grass grow  ;D, have not cut a tree in almost 2 weeks . I got lots to cut but just not going crazy at it until they figure things out a lot better , I own the bushes so if I gain another $50 to $100 /1000 that makes my bottom line look a lot better 

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« Reply #10942 on: May 15, 2022, 05:01:32 PM »
And remember I'm old and over the hill and busted up pretty good so if you cannot out produce this old has been your doing stuff very wrong . I'm sure you cut more by lunch on the first day of the week compared to what I cut per week or might be per month 

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« Reply #10943 on: May 15, 2022, 06:02:38 PM »
And remember I'm old and over the hill and busted up pretty good so if you cannot out produce this old has been your doing stuff very wrong . I'm sure you cut more by lunch on the first day of the week compared to what I cut per week or might be per month
Ahhh...no...no we don't.  We are slow as molasses.  Really, not even joking.  Slow slow slow.  My goal with the harvester is only 16k bdft a day, or 4*27 tons (we rarely sell by ton but it helps the folks in michigan dial back the expectations).  
We do try to cut good wood and only good wood.   I think it's a great strategy to hold and wait a bit.  Sugar bush?  Hard maple has stayed roaring hot.  
Had hoped to get up there this summer but I have a small surgery that will have me limited in what I do and a service that will be painful to manage.  All in all I think I'll miss most of a month of work.  We'll see how I feel after the surgery.
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« Reply #10944 on: May 15, 2022, 07:37:18 PM »
Hope everything goes way better than you think, your tough so it should . yes I'm not cutting any good timber and that's my plan but if I end up where it has to go then I guess I will . Not sure how you cut good hard maple in this heat , it will split on the way to the ground or very shortly afterwards so we just stay as way from good stuff . If your cutting 16,000 feet a day so 80,000 feet a week that's pretty good . You got pretty good machines now so that makes it a lot easier on the body for it to do all the bull work for you 

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« Reply #10945 on: May 15, 2022, 08:19:54 PM »
Yeah easier on the body is a big selling point.  I don't know anything about cutting hard maple, just follow the prices  :D.  I've yet to actually drop one, they are more prevalent just 60 miles west or north but very uncommon and not big here.  
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« Reply #10946 on: May 15, 2022, 08:59:11 PM »
Wyatt

One of the things i have done is hand cut ahead of a harvester when the guy is learning the ropes of running a complicated piece of equipment!  Lay down wood in front so he can focus on just processing. In my experience most of the time fussing around with ctl is cutting off the stump. And most of the time/dangerouse work chopping is topping etc. It will push up production untill he gets up to speed. Even just a couple hrs on the saw just laying things down can make a big difference.  Especially as he learn the controls.  Might save some hoses etc

Good for you. Big step!

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« Reply #10947 on: May 15, 2022, 09:28:05 PM »
Thanks.  It's a big step.  We're going for seat time vs production at the moment.  We've got some hand cutting to do on some really big ones so he's going to be dropping those for better or worse, maybe have to hand buck some too  :( (dad bucks).  Brain trust is going to be looking for a forwarder driver to replace me and I'll just go back to signing up clients.  
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« Reply #10948 on: May 16, 2022, 09:18:14 AM »
Getting used to my log loader/skidder combo, the loader controls are bagged right out and the levers are so loose the cross each other all the time...time for a rebuild or maybe a new valve bank?

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« Reply #10949 on: May 16, 2022, 05:11:19 PM »
Cutting some black gold-- 8).  With MS361 and 20" bar, trimmed the flares, plunge cut, wedged, cut the strap and boom: fell just where it was supposed to.  Trimmed the tops for cordwood, trunk and multiple crotches for the mill.  Will be Bibbying the 36" butt to fit on the LT 40.  All the best, Rob.



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1st cut of the wedge on the fall side.


 
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« Reply #10950 on: May 16, 2022, 06:14:08 PM »
Nice! Looking forward to seeing the gold opened up!

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« Reply #10951 on: May 16, 2022, 10:35:35 PM »
Well the gongshow of 2020 still haunts me, but on the bright side, work continues up north on the SPF monster mill rebuild.  On schedule and on budget.  Lakes still frozen and 2' of snow still in the woods last week.



 

 



Had a chance to blow off some steam while I was home from the hitch this past weekend, so did a technical drop cause no one else would do it.  It was 35C (95F) and bugs were atrocious, so when I was 40' up and 15' from the top of the crown, decided to "go for it".  Math in my head was that I could lay er down and miss the shed by a bit.

Video evidence shows it flying out and clearing the roofline by 6"....

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« Reply #10952 on: May 16, 2022, 10:48:25 PM »
NativeWolf, I do admit it would have been far cooler to barge your fancy new rig over and grab onto the stem!

Wouldn't have even needed to unload it  :D :D :D  Just rip it and ship it!!!
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« Reply #10953 on: May 17, 2022, 02:19:01 AM »
 

 

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« Reply #10954 on: May 17, 2022, 06:10:44 AM »
 I now know of 3 pine mills that have brought logging in house, no monster mills but small medium sized ones.  An interesting trend.
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« Reply #10955 on: May 17, 2022, 06:30:32 AM »
dustin :  Just how far north are you?  What's your role in that process and what's the decision making process on the reopen/rehab?
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« Reply #10956 on: May 17, 2022, 07:16:04 AM »
@Walnut Beast Maybe he should ask the Corbets why they were not getting paid more for the last 30 years?  I guarantee you that Eddie & Hunter and the rest are not hurting for money.  As to why Corbet packaging mill closed... the decline in the availability of raw material.  The raw material they wanted was sweetgum or tupelo for the veneer business they had off of Castle Hayne on Smith Creek.  Lets just say we knew the family.  

Everything was on a short term basis and the mill never did anything strategic to ensure a long term supply.  Instead of ensuring fiber supply the family and their friends subdivided lots for housing and cleared land for cukes, sweet potatoes and other things.  As a result VA mills are shipping sweet potato crates from Southside of VA down to Burgaw NC.  More short term forestry with no thought on supply or land management.  Different place, will have the same outcome.  

Not sure what Bobby was expecting when the Corbets clearly were not making any effort to stay in the forestland business nor had they ever paid him enough for him to have a rainy day fund.  Pender county is urbanizing, New Hanover had long since, Brunswick county has gone retirement haven...Myrtle Beach wannabes.  Instead of pine and sweetgum you have ...Kilns  Direct, retirement homes on black water streams, and sweet potatoes.  Bobby had a chance to regroup 4-5 years ago...he went the wrong direction.   In short...Bobby closing up is all on Bobby.  
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« Reply #10957 on: May 17, 2022, 08:05:12 AM »
dustin :  Just how far north are you?  What's your role in that process and what's the decision making process on the reopen/rehab?
Hey Native....  North of Chibougamau Quebec.  I'm project manager / lead consultant.  The modernization is a full retrofit with a new HewSaw and bin sorting line.  A few years in development now, with a soft start in two months.

Home is SE Ontario (east of Ed, and south of Ishobie, and a bit north of Barge) lol
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« Reply #10958 on: May 17, 2022, 10:41:24 AM »
@nativewolf
I can't speak for bobby or anybody else but around here there are some really successful logger that park their iron because its too rough and they been doing this for sometimes 2-3 generation.
The mills that buys softwood around here have all the plant for a 350 km radius, and the public land wood is so cheap he keep the price low. When I see somebody that made a living logging successfully for over 30 years park is iron because of the raise of the fuel price and everyrthing, I think there is a problem. I know you are doing well and Im happy to see some people succeed. Its just not always bad decision.

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« Reply #10959 on: May 17, 2022, 11:17:01 AM »
Good to see you have remained humble in your success there Native Wolf. 
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