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« Reply #1200 on: November 26, 2016, 06:24:48 PM »
Chevy you hound.    Nice to cut pine like that I am sure.  Our current job has little patches of pine here and there.   Maybe a dozen trees at a pop.  I think they were planted by lumberjacks in the past.

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« Reply #1201 on: November 26, 2016, 06:57:55 PM »
A nice stand of second or third entry pine can sure bring the production numbers up.
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« Reply #1202 on: November 26, 2016, 07:43:40 PM »
It really ups your production when you get 10 sticks to the tree. Too bad there was only 8 acres of it and it's all done almost as fast as it began. Decked up about 170 cord mainly of saw blots in two 8-9 hour shifts and never once had to mess with a single bar and only sharpened two chains. That makes for a happy operator.

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« Reply #1203 on: November 27, 2016, 12:22:11 AM »
A sharp contrast to ratty hardwood, for sure ;)
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« Reply #1204 on: November 30, 2016, 09:45:24 PM »
Although we have been able to cut some really nice spruce on this job I wish the white pine was up for grabs.  Had our first major snowfall of the season.  Some glad I don't have to pull cable and run power saw on days like this.

 
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« Reply #1205 on: December 01, 2016, 05:25:47 PM »
Ken, we got a huge rain storm and thunder storm, I would sooner had the snow

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« Reply #1206 on: December 02, 2016, 07:04:00 PM »
Cutting fir - like trying to make a silk purse from a sow's ear  :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is time in the woods and that makes it OK !!

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« Reply #1207 on: December 02, 2016, 08:16:27 PM »
"butt log" for sure  :D :D :D :D
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« Reply #1208 on: December 02, 2016, 09:36:52 PM »
For sure !!!

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« Reply #1209 on: December 02, 2016, 10:09:32 PM »
Some sites, we'll get into 20"+ fir butt logs that are completely solid (that's rare). Other sites, every tree is half rotten, even the 4" ones.
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« Reply #1210 on: December 02, 2016, 11:07:16 PM »
barbender - I'm curious if the incidence of hollow/rotten fir increases the further east you are in the state? At least, that's my general perception.

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« Reply #1211 on: December 03, 2016, 05:48:31 AM »
Most of my fir looks like that too. But I did have a few acres of some mighty fine looking fir. It was great looking stuff. No rot at all. For the most part it can be scary stuff to cut down. Have to be careful. I had some that was 70 years old. Now when I see one and I am cutting firewood I cut it down and let something else grow. Most times even a 4 inch one will show signs of decay. I have been in some areas of my land,they grow about 3-4 inches across and than break off about knee high due to rot.
Must be something that is not in the soil??
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« Reply #1212 on: December 03, 2016, 08:51:34 AM »
Clark, I would say in general, yes. We cut a big St. Louis county sale for Sappi north of Gnesen, and the balsam on that site was atrocious, not to mention most of it was dead from a budworm infestation. The White spruce was beautiful, however, and the birch was pretty nice too. Most of the nicer big balsam I have seen grows up north of Nashwauk in Balsam township, of all places ;D
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« Reply #1213 on: December 03, 2016, 07:28:13 PM »
The quality of the fir in our region is largely dependant on the soil quality.  I've worked in both very good quality and very poor quality stands.  What gets really discouraging is when you cut cookies off the butt to get it "sounded up" and then it turns redder than a fox's behind when you cut the first log off.
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« Reply #1214 on: December 03, 2016, 11:19:14 PM »
Thanks, barbender. My sample size from places further west is rather small. My mother's side of the family has land in Roseau county with amazing balsam on it. 16-18" DBH and 6 sticks all day long. It's going downhill fast but that area is too far from any mill. Trying to get any price for it has been difficult.

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« Reply #1215 on: December 04, 2016, 07:34:02 AM »
Looks like it was scuffed the last time they logged.

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« Reply #1216 on: December 04, 2016, 09:16:24 PM »
Yes Clark, the softwood pulp market for that part of the state is pretty grim. Potlatch buys Balsam bolts down to 5 1/2" all day long though. It's still a long ways to Bemidji from up there though.
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« Reply #1217 on: December 04, 2016, 10:13:12 PM »
Yes Clark, the softwood pulp market for that part of the state is pretty grim. Potlatch buys Balsam bolts down to 5 1/2" all day long though. It's still a long ways to Bemidji from up there though.

If balsam doesn't clean up in the first stick its all you going in the pulp pile.   Too much hassle because like Ken mentioned it will go punky or red in the middle of the tree after showing a clean butt.

   In my opinion it's the worst tree to sort for saw bolts along with aspen.   Not nearly as honest as spruce or red pine.  If they show a clean butt 95% of the time the whole stick is sound.

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« Reply #1218 on: December 05, 2016, 10:32:26 AM »
Barbender today I am moving the small tractor to my BIL place on hwy 2 east of town . Still cleaning up blow down Pine . I don't know if I will take the 6870 or wait till spring to process . In the next few days the skid trails will freeze . You guys running 50/50 blend yet ?I just blended my 9600 ford .
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« Reply #1219 on: December 05, 2016, 03:42:31 PM »
Whatever offroad they have at Cenex ;) Usually they have straight #1 by this time, and they only have one offroad pump. The boss just had us go straight #1 "don't even mess around trying to blend it". He fugures one day lost to a gelled machine costs more than whatever extra #1 costs him. Watch out in that blowdown, expecially under the snow ;) ;)
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