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  1. CAD software?

    Recommend VISUALCADD. Used to be called GenericCadd back in the day. Have used it for years. Is inexpensive, professional, 2D drafting software. I use it because it is easy to use without being stupid. Had enough power for me to use but was approachable enough that my engineers can open the drawings and easily maneuver around without having to take a college course. Highly recommended.
  2. OK, lets see ya favorite tractor you own and use

    Use it often for firewood, trail maintenance, skidding & etc
  3. Winter cat logging

    Yeah. I have aa 3-pt splitter and for rounds THIS size & weight I have to set it on the ground and roll the rounds on with a peevee! I had thought about bringing in a guy with a portable mill to slab it into inch boards but it s go a LOT of defects so is unlikely to render anything decent.
  4. Winter cat logging

    We had high winds last Sunday and the tree was leaning into the wind. I was nervous about falling it like that for fear it might not come down where I thought it should so I cut it 3/4 off and knocked it over with the blade of the cat. Oaks that size are massively heavy and it was a hard pull in the muddy sections. Once I got it up on the snow it came along nicely. All in all was a great, albeit cold, afternoon!
  5. Winter cat logging

    As I was saying, I nearly waited too long. We had a some remarkably warm weather last week and the snow here in southern Maine had been disappearing fast.
  6. Winter cat logging

    My cats live out in the woods and I’ve had their batteries go mysteriously dead for no apparent reason. Some times I can charge ‘em back up, some times not. Baby Dozer’s has new batteries but they are dead right now, as a matter of fact. Too dead to even turn it over. I was out again last weekend with the TD9B. I had a big oak die last summer and I wanted to take it down while I still had some snow to skid it on. I nearly waited too long, however. We had a some remarkably warm weather last week and the snow here in southern Maine was disappearing fast. Been much colder, recently, though. Is 4ºF outside my window as I write this.
  7. Winter cat logging

    Yeah, I need to get some made. My brother built some for dad's cat, years ago but the got sold along with the tractor. Have to CAD something up and get 'em on it. Day job keeps gettin' in the way.
  8. Winter cat logging

    The TD6 is a good sized cat for logging. A winch makes it much easier. I dragged the butt of this big oak out before there was any snow and it really made the TD9 grunt. Busted a choker on a first attempt! Much easier on snow.
  9. Winter cat logging

    I have a TD6-62 as well. I prefer the TD9B for logging since it has both winch and ROPS. The TD6 has a bit more slack in its tracks so I tried to use it when I was plowing on that first day but the batteries wouldn't even turn it over. Sigh.
  10. Winter cat logging

    Took out a headlight, worming back into the brush the other day. Oops.
  11. Winter cat logging

    The tractor started right up on glow plugs that moring
  12. Winter cat logging

    From the day of the first storm. Notice how the tracks had packed full of ice and tightened up. I've seen guys break the casting on their final drives doing this. Ouch!
  13. Winter cat logging

    For many years my brother the farmer resisted owning a cell phone. “Why would I want one?” he’d demand. “Someone’d just call me on it!” Once he got converted, however, he’s now gotten religion. When I was telling him about the blizzard we were having the other evening his reply was, “No pictures?” Sigh. This has, inevitably, changed my behavior. I find myself incessantly taking pictures of whatever I’m doing, particularly if I’m out in the woods and especially if it involves bulldozers. I always enjoyed working in the snow with a cat. Must date back to my misspent youth. Plowing snow was one of my favorite things. Logging in the snow wasn’t half bad either. The snow makes it easier running amongst the stumps and smoother over the rocks. The logs stay cleaner skidding along behind the cat gliding along the frozen skid trails up, out of the mud. A few days ago I tried to do some plowing after the bad snow storm but had to stop when the tracks packed full of ice. Neither of my cats are set up for snow, neither with snow sprockets or cut pads. The snow was too wet and was prone to pack into the rails of the tracks causing the tracks to tighten up like banjo strings. Today, conditions were very different. What the locals call ‘frozen granular.’ I couldn’t have packed a snowball if my life depended on it so the tracks on my dozer were safe. It was a perfect day for cat logging! The weather forecasters had threatened us with snow storms today. Instead we had bright sunshine so I skipped out on work and played in the woods instead. I decided it was the perfect day to drag the remains of some huge, lightning-strike oak logs up from their resting place at the bottom of the hill. It was much easier THIS time around. Since my brother has me trained to take pictures everywhere I go it occurred to me that I know another group that enjoys pictures of cats in action so I thought I’d offer THIS group some samples of old school winter skidding. Not much seen in this age of rubber tires and high speed grapple skidders. Have to post them one at a time due to size limits on this site. Enjoy!
  14. Combine Header Questions

    If you plant 'em in rows I don't see why you couldn't use a corn head for sunflowers. We didn't have such things in Palouse when I was farming so we just used the same header and planted our sunflowers with the same grain drill we used for wheat. When I was young we used lifters for peas & lentils and cut them without swathing. Later, we still used the lifters but pretty much swathed everything to make sure it was all ripe enough to thrash. We never grew beans but unless you planted them in rows you would use the same header. Pick-ups began to appear when people began to swath everything prior to thrashing. The grass seed guys particularly need 'em to prevent the loss of seed prior to getting it into the machine. Flex heads, as you've guessed appeared when headers got stupidly wide. Drapers are very, very old tech (from binders) that keeps coming back. I've been away from it for a long while but as far as I am aware nobody make an aftermarket header. Each manufacturer and their own method of attaching, supporting & powering the headers and you can't even get them to interchange between models much less brands.
  15. 260A backhoe mechanic needed

    I recently rebuilt the center pivot on my 3800 which had worn itself egg shaped with the previous owner. Looks similar to what's hanging on the back of the 260. What's up?