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machamillion
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Skidding weather is Here.

Beautiful week here in Eastern Ontario.

Felled some pine this week and skidded out 5000bf of pine logs today.

If someone could post pics for me Ill send them to you.

Going to mill as soon as it dries up a bit in the field.

Pretty excited to fire up this new LM29.

 

mountaindog
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It was beautiful skidding weather here in south central Pa. a week or so ago. Ground was still frozen and snow on the ground to keep the logs clean. Now were dealing with mud a foot deep in places. Impossible to keep logs clean now. I'm harvesting about 100 -125 Ash trees on my farm that were killed by the emerald ash borer last summer. Got to get them out now cause I have an EQIP contract to plant 3000 new seedlings this spring in the same hollows.  

machamillion
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Yes it rained here all day today and I'm glad I got the majority out on frozen snow covered ground.

The ash are all dying here now too. I have a grove of ash dead that unfortunately I wont get to any time soon.

Forecast looks good for milling the next two weeks. 

Cntrydad
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Too warm to drag logs around today - things starting to turn to mud, so I sawed a few small cedar logs.  It was great to fire it up again!   I finished sorting the logs I cut over the winter.  Here's my cedar

 

 and some spruce and pine the pile in between is ash and poplar.   Can't wait to saw up this birch log It looks pretty normal on the outside: but on the inside! 
Baron
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That looks soo rewarding to cut. 

Cntrydad
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I'll post some pictures when I mill it. 

Cntrydad
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I dragged this log from the yard at the bush to near the mill today. It was quite a test for my tractor. Pretty hard to get going with lots of ruts and ice.  According to the Norwood calculator it weighs in at around 8,500 lbs. 40' long 24" diameter at the smallest.

the photo seems to be chopped. Here's the link to see the whole log. http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg545/cntrydad/Sawmill/D428B39A-C838...

Post Oakie
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Looks like some nice logs to throw on the sawmill.  I think you mentioned having fluid-filled tires in another post.  Does that work out well.  Thinking about it, but it would make the tractor more difficult to transport.  Also thinking about chains on my "new" Case-IH 485.

Cntrydad
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My tires are calcium loaded. I really need the weight - with a full bucket of wet dirt or a nice big log, the back wheels are barely on the ground. I would require counter weight on the back otherwise and that might be quite inconvenient. 

Baron
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Postie how do you transport the Case? Are you using it to plow or disc? 

Might it be  cheaper to use three point hitch ballast? I've always had  Calcium filled tires and in winter with chains. Always figured I'd get away from calcium if I could but I don't understand it I guess. 

Bill
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Dave if you get your tires filled use beet juice not calcium. It will definitely help handling logs and does not effect the environment if you get a leak or wreck your rims.

That's a 16' & a 12' log on the forks of a 19 HP tractor with loaded back tires and no chains. My new 28 HP tractor has no loaded tires yet and would not carry these without lifting the back of the tractor.

eddiemac
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The rear tires on my Kubota MX4700HST are filled with calcium chloride (dealer said he didn't know about the beet juice).  That and a box blade on the rear make my front-end forks very sawmill friendly  -  can lift some pretty big logs.

Bill
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The rear tires on the tractor in the pic. are loaded with calcuim for the last 24 yrs. but that was for the beet juice was introduced.

r.garrison1
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Hey, any way to fill the tires with something that clots, so if you spring a leak, it heals itself?

eddiemac
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I'd like to know that too.  Flats on any large tractor tire are a pain to deal with, but locust and hedge thorns into fluid-filled tires are definitely not something I want to deal with.

machamillion
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trying to load pics

Baron
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A buddy fills all his backhoes and telehandlers with foam

machamillion
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I use diesel fuel. Lol. Explain baron?

machamillion
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Bill
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Those are some real nice looking logs Mac. TY for posting.

machamillion
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One of my log hauling rigs.

machamillion
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these are pine logs anywhere from 16" dia to 26"

most are around 40' long..

Baron
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That is not a log hauling rig. That is a toy for me & the wife. It looks fun.

Baron
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Goodyear Foam Fill Flatproofing Service:

 

 

www.goodyearctsc.com/foam-fill/

Cntrydad
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Great looking log pile.  Nice toys too!

machamillion
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Thanks guys, the Kubota is my farmer neighbors. My little New Holland would of struggled with those I think. 

Baron
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Where are u located again?

Dewchie
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Nice set up would love to have that toy but would settle for the logs!

machamillion
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South Eastern Ontario.

r.garrison1
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I've heard that Flat Fixing foam stuff will rot the tires; good for solving an immediate problem, but not good for long term. It looks like this Goodyear stuff bills itself as a long term fix. I wonder if it is latex-based? That is the problem with the other stuff; the latex is what causes the problem.

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