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G'day Dave...!!!  one of the last posts  I remember from you , was in that ""word game"'......a rather childish pursuit on the Coffee Shop......I used to interject with some wildly way out word....you

since the Kingdom was a borrow pit and there are piles of rock shoved every where including the front driveway. there was never a problem with the big mound of dirt and rocks until I bought Thor the p

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CC did you work with pops with T1?

I can't think of anything much cooler tribute to both man and machine than T2 logging same ground

PFL that is some nice clean up work, them beavers never had a chance

Surprised the frog police allow this to occur...

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19 minutes ago, hardtail said:

CC did you work with pops with T1?

I can't think of anything much cooler tribute to both man and machine than T2 logging same ground

PFL that is some nice clean up work, them beavers never had a chance

Surprised the frog police allow this to occur...

Thanks. Pic is a couple years old so hopefully it’s outside the statue of limitations 😂 Got some before pictures but they’re on the computer. Mom took a picture of me knocking on the front door of the beaver house with the excavator bucket lol. They were pretty persistant, overnight they covered up the side that I had been digging on. Was enough water I couldn’t reach the whole thing. I kind of built a road out to it as it was. 

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Few pictures of a area we logged back in 94-96. Was a huge fire went through the area and burnt thousands and thousands of acres. We actually lost some logs in that fire. Last pictures you can see the remains of some of the log piles yet. We had 3 piles of tree length logs in the landing in a old gravel pit. First pile Burt to a crisp, second pile about half of it burnt and the third it didn’t touch. Pretty sure the water bomber came in and saved it.  Nothing was replanted, they relied on natural regen on the whole fire.  Some places there’s nothing coming back. Other places it’s to thick and will never amount to much. 

Guess my panoramic shots won’t upload. Oh well have to make do with this I guess lol. 

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Not much Dad died of a heart attack when I was 12 but I remember riding on the 14 hanging on to canopy screen and thinking this thing is going to tip over anytime he climbed up hill my kids had it better they had side screens couldn’t fall off 

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Things are a bit quiet here and I found these other photos on my phone so I thought I’d distract everyone from the goings on in the world for a few seconds anyways lol. 

Gradpa had a d7 17a cat in back in the late 50tys to dig a dugout for the livestock. Dad eventually got out of cattle and used it to fill the sprayer for quite a few years. Well after one summer of real bad algae and plugged sprayer nozzles he gave up on that too. Next 15 years or so I used it as a small snow cross track lol. Used to get some real nice drifts over the banks. When the water was low I’d do laps around the edge of the water on my dirt bike too lol.(sorry to disappoint no I never fell in 😂😂) after I had finished up that slough project it was late fall already and starting to snow so I was brining the cat home. As I drove by the dugout I said enough was enough and spent the next week off and on when I had spare time filling it in.  Did part of one end with the hoe and you could sure tell when it came time to drive over it with the cat. I was pushing up water with the tracks and you could see the ground move as a wave when you drove over it. By the time I was done though I cultivated the whole thing except for the very center. Once it froze a bit I scratched out the high spot in the center of my ditch with the hoe and seeded through it all next summer. Was only one spot where the sprayer left ruts come spring surprisingly. 

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Nice job, burn some brush piles and you have another couple acres to farm

Should firm up a bit over time, have to see what it's like on a wet year, was there ever a slough there before? doesn't look like it

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That’s where we pile our slabs from the sawmill so the pile is ever changing. Once a portion of it gets picked over for firewood I usually pile it up with the cat or hoe and burn it.  There was sort of a slough on the west side of the dugout a few years back. I opened up the east side enough to let it flow through though. The dugout was right in the middle of a main water run that comes from the west so there’s quite a bit of water in the spring. In the real wet years it was more like a little creek running through there. 

Seems to be good and solid now again. Been crossing right through the middle with the combines and equipment and can’t feel anything that makes you pucker up at all lol. If we get back to continuous wet years again that could change though. Last few years have been decent again though. Nice to be able to farm corner to corner again almost without fear of getting stuck. Last spring was the first since 2012 that I didn’t get the air drill stuck.  Had one close call but the old versatile managed to chew its way out lol. 

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On 3/18/2020 at 3:33 AM, poor farmer/logger said:

That’s where we pile our slabs from the sawmill so the pile is ever changing. Once a portion of it gets picked over for firewood I usually pile it up with the cat or hoe and burn it.  There was sort of a slough on the west side of the dugout a few years back. I opened up the east side enough to let it flow through though. The dugout was right in the middle of a main water run that comes from the west so there’s quite a bit of water in the spring. In the real wet years it was more like a little creek running through there. 

Seems to be good and solid now again. Been crossing right through the middle with the combines and equipment and can’t feel anything that makes you pucker up at all lol. If we get back to continuous wet years again that could change though. Last few years have been decent again though. Nice to be able to farm corner to corner again almost without fear of getting stuck. Last spring was the first since 2012 that I didn’t get the air drill stuck.  Had one close call but the old versatile managed to chew its way out lol. 

...good sized  excavator  PFL......ZX ??….that and the old D7 , you can certainly do some damage !!

Mike

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10 hours ago, mike newman said:

...good sized  excavator  PFL......ZX ??….that and the old D7 , you can certainly do some damage !!

Mike

Lol that’s for sure. I can make a mess real quick anyways lol. 

Its a 2006 Zaxis 270lc. Longer stick on it so it does get a bit light on the back end if you’re not careful especially with a 6’ clean up bucket lol. 

Another picture from back when I was doing some ditch cleaning. Kind of the only picture I have of it on my phone I think

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….because   I probably  come into the "old dog '  category, Ryan, I will mention  this...………….Very near where I live, are hills !!...some very steep.....Some have been logged with conventional   methods....steeper  gradients logged with  specialised   equipment....made in NZ   and even exported to  "Hills  "  overseas...…  You   may recall some pics from logging on our block......

Anyway , recently  there has been  a 27  ton Long C.      Hyundai    excavator , root raking   some seriously steep slopes...hanging off  a big Terex    dozer....running two rear mounted winches ,,  on which...or by which , the Hyundai   hangs ...as it is let down these slopes...then hauled back up ...to start another run....Impressive stuff. The Terex  anchors itself up on the ridge......using the blade as an anchor......with the winch ropes running through  /over  the blade  via  "guides " for want of a better word.....

No pictures...sadly...I had been working away  , whilst this was happening ..just caught the end of that particular endeavour.....

Pictured....JD harvester, on a fairly mild  gradient slope, again in our "valley  "...….tethered  to a D65 Komatsu  /winch   , remote control setup.....

Mike

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Are they trying to clear the land for pastures? Is most of the timber in New Zealand privately owned Mike? Just curious as I figured there would be fairly strict reforestation rules if it were government owned  

Teathered logging is something we’ll never see in Saskatchewan but it’s really catching on in BC. It’s unreal some of the slopes they are able to work on. Nearly defying gravity at times. They’re sure putting a lot of faith into those winches and cable though. Lots of failsafes in place but none can help ya when a winch line breaks lol. 

We skipped out on logging this winter as we had a fairly good carry over of logs at the sawmill from last winter yet.  Chewing away at it now though and hopefully have them all sawn by next winter  

Thanks for the pics Mike

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They had a tethered feller on Axe Men last year.  It was moored to a custom excavator that had a winch back by the engine and a custom boom with a fairlead above the knuckle that the cable ran through.  It looked like they could sit further back from the edge with that setup.

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Both the processer and forwarders have computer controled teather winches granted they don’t dangle but they work on damn steep ground they grew up with Dad’s storys of dangling the old D-7 and sure they would do it their answer was if you arnt lying and not dead no problem now know what I had to deal with as far as no fear kids  but they wanted no part of the fire lines at ranch in Elkton one foot against air breather no sense in brakes and dirt did that and you Damn sure wanted at all cost wanted clean ground under you winch was only backup ya had IH never had low enough reverse on the older ones and trying to keep winch line snug and run blade was impossible and clutch would have needed 3 or more hands and four eyes sound familiar mike what do you use for your tail holt the big excavtor rocks roll lol

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Didn’t really read the message close to see you were using the terex for anchor making lots of noise and tail holt bout all they’re good for but I cannot get used to setting in the middle of the cat (82-30) but loved the fold down in your lap blade control and no wonder I say (huh what did you say) lots 

not a cat but IH with a load 

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Brian...….picture of an old IHC truck ...carting a large NZ 'Kauri "     log.....Picture been on truck forum before

...and to answer Raleigh's    question.....carefully  (!!)….via skids  (logs ) about deck height or higher.....with the ubiquitous  17A  D7  or 2U D8.....

...Raleigh, when I started Forestry   Contracting, in 1972, that's how NZ 's bigger    trees were loaded onto the log trucks of the day

...maybe before I get to hang up my knife and fork.....I will get around to bringing dozens of old B and W  picturs of such events, out into the "electronic world.....for all to see !!!!

Mike

 

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….that's the same log :o  same truck...the picture I posted shows the very New Zealand  driver...in his shorts....

..I'll be darned  

Mike    (still shakin' head  )

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On March 26, 2020 at 1:56 AM, mike newman said:

….that's the same log :o  same truck...the picture I posted shows the very New Zealand  driver...in his shorts....

..I'll be darned  

Mike    (still shakin' head  )

So long as you don't say it was you and that's the way you drove just in case you needed to bail out

Passenger door open you partner was long gone on the last hill...

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4 hours ago, hardtail said:

So long as you don't say it was you and that's the way you drove just in case you needed to bail out

Passenger door open you partner was long gone on the last hill...

Lance..if you are referring to the 'second '  picture...that in fact is the drivers door...RHD.....and note in Crunchies    picture...the company name etc  is on the drivers door......

..its a bloody good picture......indeed a possible  overload ...:mellow:......it would date from the fifties..(by the IH trucks age ..)...and at that point the big "Kauri "  trees would have been getting thin on the ground......In fact  that could have been a fallen   (natural  )  tree ...they last for years ...down.....in fact they are being excavated out of swamps today even...…  

When you look at it closely......doesn't seem to have bark on it.....On a growing tree the bark is very distinctive...….

Today a cop would get an erection.....if he stumbled onto a load like that...….

Mike

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pictures for Rawleigh...re loading    the ubiquitous   Mercedes   Benz     2624...with logs...via a skid  and a  Clark skidder......Good friend of mine did the logging.....on the West Coast of NZ;s South Island.....Native logs...….in an area whereby , if it wasn't raining...it was going to rain...

Hard on the trucks  , that way...but as per usual , the 'little ' blokes in the industry , were always on the bones of their  rectal orifice..... 

About 1972/73

Mike

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"Male and fe-male created he them," Daphne read to me. "Zeke,what does fe mean?"

"Fee means it's going to cost good money to get something you want," I told her.

Pa dum bum.

Cap'n, good to happen by and see you here. I haven't had any IH crawler adventures lately, so there hasn't been much to write about. There is one TD24 post in the works, but, currently, I don't know enough to ask a proper question.

Zeke B.

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