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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2017, 02:18:59 AM »
Hi,
I have 600, 30’ fir trees to clear planted 8’ on center. I need a way to delimb the bottom 16-20’ of the tree. I will process this wood into firewood. The tops I will burn in the spring.
The branches I need to trim are no more than 1” and the treees do not exceed 10-12” dbh.
I have tractors, grapples, trackscavator, skidsteer,
 And farminwinch available to use.
I have a bunch of cedar with 1.5 to 3" limbs (dead) and some live limbs.  I used my Skytrak with forks - start at the top and just drop down - they pop right off (standing trees).  How high can you reach with your grapple?
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2017, 06:21:34 AM »
When you read Jeff's translation, remember that proper Yooperese is spoken with a Finnish accent.

I refer you to Youtube, Da Yoopers.

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2017, 11:58:35 AM »
The Stripper Delimber
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSqfpSgNk38
I agree the Stripper is too much $$ for your situation

maybe fabricate something like it.
for the base, use the trailer hitch frame from a manufactured home
for the vertical post, use a 12 inch pipe
for the head, use a 12 inch pipe cut in half with a heavy piece of steel for the handle
for the swivel, a pipe to fit inside the 12 inch vertical pipe. do not forget to grease the swivel.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2017, 12:01:25 PM »
https://youtu.be/TlR5qPXBPlQ
I’m looking for this but in America, not Europe. Anyone seen one before? Sure I can weld and make one, but why reinvent the wheel. Thanks
yep a good cheap setup, but have to re-clamp around every tree.

Modify - i watched the vid and it looks like they are delimbing the same tree.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2017, 09:36:57 PM »
I agree with building a delimberbased off a old trailer frame. I don’t need somthing that rugged as in the videos and appreciate the feedback

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2017, 11:14:04 PM »
I’m looking for the $500 dollar option, not 5k to 120k as shown. Thanks guys

How about an AXE and a CHAINSAW. 

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2018, 07:34:54 AM »
chain saw your only gonna have what 40 cd maybe

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2020, 09:03:35 PM »
Haymaker (and others),
I know this is an old thread, but I'm curious what you ended up using to delimb your 600 trees? The Karsis Oy you mentioned is kind of a neat idea! I see why it wouldn't be profitable/feasible for most guys, but something like that would work great for my 6"-12" DBH Doug Fir thinning project. 

Of course I'm not opposed to grabbing the Stihl, just always looking for faster ways. *DanG full time Pipe Fitter job gets in the way of my personal Forestry work  :D

I'm currently using a Farmi 3-point Winch on the back of a Tractor. The kick-plate has a large surface area on the Farmi, got me wonderin' if I could fabricate something similar to the Karsis Oy but run it with my Farmi instead.......
I could pull the log to the kick plate and set the choker in the notches, which keeps the butt off the ground. Run the winch back out, and pull the DIY delimber backwards w the winch. Idk, might be worth at least trying! Most of this thinning will end up firewood. 
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2020, 07:35:54 AM »
Build a limboing gate for the tractor. It’s almost like a root rake. That will get a lot off. Just space blades about the tree size. 

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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2020, 01:42:38 PM »
 

 

Simplicity at it's finest!! I limbed a handful of tree's w this yesterday, worked like a champ! I have a Farmi Winch, so I skid the logs into the kickplate, then run the winch out again and drag the wheel w hooks at 10 & 2 O'clock backwards down the tree. Works awesome! I wish I could figure out how to post a video
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2020, 02:41:46 PM »

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Simplicity at it's finest!! I limbed a handful of tree's w this yesterday, worked like a champ! I have a Farmi Winch, so I skid the logs into the kickplate, then run the winch out again and drag the wheel w hooks at 10 & 2 O'clock backwards down the tree. Works awesome! I wish I could figure out how to post a video
Ya you gotta post a video of that.  Try to youtube then post link.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2020, 02:52:39 PM »
January 29, 2020 - YouTube

Video of my DIY delimber using my Farmi Winch
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2020, 03:02:53 PM »
That is slicker than deer guts on a door knob! Nicely done. 8)
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2020, 03:25:02 PM »
that is a cool idea for those with a winch.  i came across a large pile of cedar trees, 20 or 30 (3/4 of a whack)  that had been burned in a pile.  the limbs were gone but the char only extended about 1/16th inch into the sap wood, no bark and limb stubs about 4 inches long.  milled just fine.
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2020, 04:13:13 PM »
Right on👍
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2020, 11:18:53 PM »
what all species have you tried this on.  I assume softwood,  any others.  cooool
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2020, 09:28:46 PM »
Doc Henderson,
So far I've only used it on the stand of Douglas Firs I'm thinning. It's a neat idea, and with my Son "setting the wheel", it keeps things running smoothly. I still plan on building a Limbing Gate for when I'm working by myself. 
I also think you could use the "Limbing Wheel" like a gate, by strapping it across two trees and pulling the tree thru the wheel
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« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2020, 10:18:55 PM »
lots on my plate, but if I can try it on cedar I will post some pics.  prob be next month.  what is the wheel off of, did you cut out the center, or is it a hub-less ag wheel
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Re: Ideas for delimbing fir trees
« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2020, 10:14:14 PM »
What I did with Balsam was skid past a good solid tree . Loop a chain around the bottom of the stem and hook back to the anchor tree { just a big loose loop } drive away all the limbs stay with the chain . Once you get a big pile of limbs if your tractor will just back the stem through the brush pile then hook the chain and drive away .
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« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2020, 11:08:50 PM »
I assume butt first?   :o  so make a complete loop around the log, and go back to the anchor tree, and then pull the tree on through.  not sure what you meant about picking up the big pile or limbs.  do you leave a chain on the ground and pick up after several trees?  thanks I will try this at the farm giving me the ERC.  will save him some time and sounds kinda fun/dangerous! 8)
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