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#32088 - 02/26/14 04:35 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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Imaging rolling that by hand! That is a days work all by itself. I've been there a few times. I used to roll with my fork lift and straps, now do it by hand with a high lift jack and a chain,a pry here and there, nice and slow not a lot to go wrong.

Nice and straight, was it straight looking down the track, in both planes?

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#32089 - 02/26/14 05:42 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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Yes, they were all straight. I cut 10 47' timbers for a new Dutch barn floor and a new purlin plate in 2011. I cut 7 42' and 46' timbers for another Dutch floor in 2012, but they weren't all as straight, but I got my timbers. I had one log that was 46'6' and 24" on the small end. Pine like that is hard to find for sale all in one spot around here. It's out there, but not too many people want to be bothered to sell it.
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#32090 - 02/26/14 05:47 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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And trucking it is another aspect, along with handling logs of this size, from the logger to the sawyer/framer and getting them safely into the frame.

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#32091 - 02/26/14 05:55 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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Trucking turned into a bit of a debacle. On the first bunch of long logs, there was no machine access, so the plan was to hire a truck crane and take everything in two or three tractor trailer loads. Someone decided they were going to be cheap and not hire the crane. Instead they came with a big payloader and had nowhere to operate it in the woods. They had to pick one log off the pile and back the loader into the woods, then back the TT off the road and load one log, then pull it back into the road and repeat. Only the first log rolled over the log stakes onto the ground on the other side. Then, when they finally got it loaded, the trailer slide off the woods road into the gate post, and they had to pull it back into the woods with the loader. There were more calamities related to this simple loading project. In the end, it took two weeks to get two loads home, and probably twice what it would have cost to hire the crane. Where I was working at the time we had a payloader that would lift 25,000 pounds, and a Lull that would lift 6,000. Now that I own the mill, I use my Kubota L48 for most jobs, but have access to a different Lull for the big stuff. In June I cut some white oak as big as the one the skidder is latched on to. I had to drag them in front of the mill and lift one end with the mill loader and the other with the Kubota. The timbers where no problem for the Kubota once they were sawn out.
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#32167 - 03/16/14 04:14 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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Logging is going well so far. If you call being mired most of the way to the seat well. The skidder got itself out after I dropped the log, but wow, what a mess. I'll have to go back with the backhoe and smooth things out later. I didn't want to go in there in the first place, but couldn't pull from any other direction.

Soon spring will be in full swing and I'll be doing something else.
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#32168 - 03/17/14 09:15 AM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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Dave:
The next season is MUD season....

I'm in it now.....

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#32169 - 03/17/14 09:21 AM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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I'm fighting it right now. Cold today, but that may be the end of it. I've only got about six more trees I want to take, but I'm going to have to winch each one of them into skidder range. Then I'm going to switch over to milling for the next couple of weeks.
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#32203 - 04/08/14 04:04 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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Anyone need a 68'-6" 12"x12"?

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#32205 - 04/08/14 08:10 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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I need a couple 10x10's, 62'. Send it up this way! I will be splicing.

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#32206 - 04/09/14 02:52 PM Re: Who's logging this winter? [Re: Dave Shepard]
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I'll put one by the mailbox with your address on it, see if they take it.
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