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...this  ridiculous business of a few weeks ago, died a natural  death, after the "plods "  accepted that sometimes "track " machines were used on farms...…...Our Socialist Govt  is keen on "snitching " or "potting " our fellow man...if he/she  should dare be less than six feet from another person.....etc   etc....My" crime" was reported by persons unknown.....in ascending horror....(1)..doing   non-essential work....(2)   ...over 70 yrs old....  (All over  70's were /are supposed to be at home..knitting socks or doing some equally   inane task.....)  What a load of BS...….There are now arrests  being made  of the habitual , witless recidivists...who crave a bit of freedom...…...

There are a few pictures of the ''land development ' job...….I think my camera may have had a dusty lens.....The  dust was pretty  bad......due to drought conditions.....and neither A/C  works ……..cleaned up about 30 acres …...stumped/slash  raked into windrow/heavy harrows...pulled by Komatsu   'dozer  then rolled it, ready for direct drilling..... Stumps were big...Monterey  Pine Plantation....over 30 yrs old....Mountains looked good  !!!..used to love getting up there when the stags were roaring ...late March ...and one pic  of cleaning out the silage pit..taken earlier.....

...ah...that huge heap is where the trees were processed  with a "Waratah Head"...….maybe we swill get a burn permit.....

Mike

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Cant complain over the scenery Mike - bloody marvelous

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Always enjoy your pics Mike, even if you are a criminal...😊.... seriously, it’s sad when a guy can’t work and just do his job. 

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Criminal (but nice) pictures from a criminal mastermind.

Today, you subvert the trackhoe....tomorrow what will it be?  a post hole digger???!!!    :huh:

 

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glad you are on the right side of the law, Mike. fantastic scenery. I heard on the news that NZ had declared itself free of the virus. I hope it stays that way.

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oh man mike what a crapper - so i take it you are typing to us while chained to your prison library - do they have you running heavy equipment for them on your work release program? 

what kind of pretty jumpsuit do they put you in over there? can we write to you there ? what is your inmate number 😉

sorry couldnt resist - beautiful country from the lands of snowy river !!!! two of my most fav movies 

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Pretty pictures keep on working. Here in North Dakota one of a more distant neighbor. 6 miles away had corona virus. His wife was very sick husband and 10 year old child were mild . Couple in late 40s. He was able to feed and take care of his livestock while sick. Except for one or two days his close neighbor fed the livestock. Bringing his own machinery over. The bad part is nieghbor has a brother a mile away who depended on him to feed all their cattle for years. His brother     Wouldn’t come feed his

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Wonderful pics, it's too bad you're getting such a wrap sheet at your age 😁

So I'm curious, looks like a bumper crop of tires, when do you know they are "ripe" for the picking?😆😆😆

It's sad to see someone basically working alone is being hassled when others are out traveling as though it's vacation time

Enjoy the great scenery as it seems you have plenty of it

Mark

 

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5 hours ago, td9inidaho said:

Wonderful pics, it's too bad you're getting such a wrap sheet at your age 😁

So I'm curious, looks like a bumper crop of tires, when do you know they are "ripe" for the picking?😆😆😆

It's sad to see someone basically working alone is being hassled when others are out traveling as though it's vacation time

Enjoy the great scenery as it seems you have plenty of it

Mark

 

…./...I don't know about ''silage pits ''  in the  US …...I guess the vast climatic difference precludes our NZ methods...??…….anyway, in case you didn't realise, that tyre mountain   is used to carefully cover  and ''hold down ' the  huge plastic type covers , which keep the silage from  going rotten …...during the months after it is packed into the pit...….the idea is to prevent any air to get into the stuff...…...which will be ''fed out '' from beginning of June...:).......that pit in the pic....has a concrete floor......and it hadn't been cleaned out for ages...….some of it was to rotten to put into the compost heap....!!!!

Mike

 

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Beautiful country there.  While on my honeymoon in Hawaii, the wife and I took a helicopter flight over the big island.  Being a 6 seat helicopter, we had to share the trip.  A husband and wife were from new zealand, along with I believe their son who moved to California.  Great people, and honestly one of the highlights of my trip.  They were certainly like you Mike, loathing some of the policies becoming of their home.  

Unfortunately, we all succumbed to flight sickness towards the end of the flight, and didn't converse quite as much lol

Someday hope to make a trek to that area of the southern hemisphere.  

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9 hours ago, mike newman said:

…./...I don't know about ''silage pits ''  in the  US …...I guess the vast climatic difference precludes our NZ methods...??…….anyway, in case you didn't realise, that tyre mountain   is used to carefully cover  and ''hold down ' the  huge plastic type covers , which keep the silage from  going rotten …...during the months after it is packed into the pit...….the idea is to prevent any air to get into the stuff...…...which will be ''fed out '' from beginning of June...:).......that pit in the pic....has a concrete floor......and it hadn't been cleaned out for ages...….some of it was to rotten to put into the compost heap....!!!!

Mike

 

Yup, silage pits done same way here.

Laughing to myself at someone trying to hassle you while you are at the controls of your excavator

Bet you could part their hair to either side without knocking their cap off😁😂🤣

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On 4/30/2020 at 1:30 AM, mike newman said:

ah...that huge heap is where the trees were processed  with a "Waratah Head".

Mike, what is a Warata head?  Brian

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9 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

Mike - Will you now get nominated for a George Cross?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Cross

Well, Mr Beale.....as I am merely  a 'two bit   shitkicker '   with very, very  humble attributes...….none  remotely worthy   of that prestigious   award...… and throw in my total contempt  of the Socialist  System.....( this well known to  a wide spectrum   of folk..).… ...you may recall I am also a firearms owner...…..which rates me well down the social scales  of life....no.....I would more likely be a candidate to be flung into the village "stocks "...…..and have more unsavoury objects  dripping of my shirt...……….:rolleyes:

...I assume you were being 'jocular "......:mellow:

Mike :)

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43 minutes ago, E160BHM said:

Mike, what is a Warata head?  Brian

,,,bit of logging   chat !!!

….OK, Brian.....I thought after posting those pictures.....that the term  "Waratah   Head " might have been   unknown to a lot of blokes on the site...….

In an endeavour to get the "men ' off the skid sites  etc..there have been some smart , evolutionary equipment come along......to minimise  blokes working in a very dangerous  environment......The  "head' is mounted on a 30 ton excavator...or bigger......it  is just mounted on the dipper arm....where the bucket would normally  be.....and  it takes the log(s)  off the stack...grabs it  and it will trim the whole log  (tree)…...and it is programmed by the operator to cut the logs into specific   'cut " lengths.....so it is good to watch...very quick on our  plantation   forests....i.e. logs are very similar in size...….Any way the operator turns a full length   tree into   trimmed logs , graded to length and quality......to suit the end user....and he stacks the logs into the size grades ..as they are processed....

Those heads will certainly  be in use somewhere in   Washington/Oregon  I imagine.....and I don't have any pictures at my disposal.....Sorry …..Hope you got some idea  :):).....they are big/heavy and very clever...all computorised, of course......

...picture is a John Deere   with a "Felling Head "  mounted on it......he cuts the trees down...and brings them down to the bottom of the hill,,,for a wheeled skidder to  take them to the 'processing    skid site ''..You can see the heavy cable attached to the machine...….it can get a bit steep  on the hills …...and again the operator can control his decent , remotely   to the winch tractor up on top of the ridge......similar  size to the "Waratah Head" but different application...…..

Mike

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...another  picture of the JD   "feller buncher"…...you can see that it gets steep in places…….:o

Mike

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2 hours ago, sandhiller said:

 

Laughing to myself at someone trying to hassle you while you are at the controls of your excavator

 

……..working in the river, recently......you almost need permission from the Queen  to do this......another example of peoples   arrant stupidity......when chunks of a man's farm head on down and out to sea...no SOB in local Govt. cares about that...but try and get "" permission " from the freakin'    council to try and prevent that happening...… gheez

...anyway this prick shows up ...he could see the excavator from the tar top.....I knew it would be trouble,  you can tell by the white Nissan  utes they  use...…..he was shouting out to me... and brandishing  a ''identification ' tag thing......like you see the FBI  using...(on the  movies …)…..almost funny......if he had a  homberg  (?)   hat like  Humphrey   Bogart ..I think I would have choked laughing...….I stopped the machine......he asked the inevitable question...…..""Have you got permission  to do this work ??""      .I just answered ""totally ""...….just the one word.....He got a bit pissed off....asked my name...so ...for once ..I had my wallet  on me.....so   I solemnly got my drivers license out ...and flashed it up to him...he went away......just can not be bothered   with those sort of bumptious  f wits...….they are almost in danger  of  some form of permanent  deformity   with their perceived self importance...…..

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1 hour ago, mike newman said:

Well, Mr Beale.....as I am merely  a 'two bit   shitkicker '   with very, very  humble attributes...….none  remotely worthy   of that prestigious   award...… and throw in my total contempt  of the Socialist  System.....( this well known to  a wide spectrum   of folk..).… ...you may recall I am also a firearms owner...…..which rates me well down the social scales  of life....no.....I would more likely be a candidate to be flung into the village "stocks "...…..and have more unsavoury objects  dripping of my shirt...……….:rolleyes:

...I assume you were being 'jocular "......:mellow:

Mike :)

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7 hours ago, mike newman said:

,,,bit of logging   chat !!!

….OK, Brian.....I thought after posting those pictures.....that the term  "Waratah   Head " might have been   unknown to a lot of blokes on the site...….

In an endeavour to get the "men ' off the skid sites  etc..there have been some smart , evolutionary equipment come along......to minimise  blokes working in a very dangerous  environment......The  "head' is mounted on a 30 ton excavator...or bigger......it  is just mounted on the dipper arm....where the bucket would normally  be.....and  it takes the log(s)  off the stack...grabs it  and it will trim the whole log  (tree)…...and it is programmed by the operator to cut the logs into specific   'cut " lengths.....so it is good to watch...very quick on our  plantation   forests....i.e. logs are very similar in size...….Any way the operator turns a full length   tree into   trimmed logs , graded to length and quality......to suit the end user....and he stacks the logs into the size grades ..as they are processed....

Those heads will certainly  be in use somewhere in   Washington/Oregon  I imagine.....and I don't have any pictures at my disposal.....Sorry …..Hope you got some idea  :):).....they are big/heavy and very clever...all computorised, of course......

...picture is a John Deere   with a "Felling Head "  mounted on it......he cuts the trees down...and brings them down to the bottom of the hill,,,for a wheeled skidder to  take them to the 'processing    skid site ''..You can see the heavy cable attached to the machine...….it can get a bit steep  on the hills …...and again the operator can control his decent , remotely   to the winch tractor up on top of the ridge......similar  size to the "Waratah Head" but different application...…..

Mike

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Mike:
Thanks for the explanation.  Got out my Googler and found the Warata website with some videos.  It is amazing how they can take an almost factory type process machine, hang it on the end of an excavator stick, take it to the forest, and have it be robust enough to stand the abuse.
I retired from the local Cat dealer as a sales coordinator / attachments specialist.
The range of attachments for excavators seems endless.  The closest I got to forestry equipment was tree shears and rotary or flail cutters used for right of way vegetation control.  About the only true forestry machines here are wheel type skidders.
Love the pictures of the Deere machine on the end of a winch cable.  Cannot imagine operating a machine on a slope that would be hard to just walk on...
Thanks again,
Brian

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7 hours ago, mike newman said:

……..working in the river, recently......you almost need permission from the Queen  to do this......another example of peoples   arrant stupidity......when chunks of a man's farm head on down and out to sea...no SOB in local Govt. cares about that...but try and get "" permission " from the freakin'    council to try and prevent that happening...… gheez

...anyway this prick shows up ...he could see the excavator from the tar top.....I knew it would be trouble,  you can tell by the white Nissan  utes they  use...…..he was shouting out to me... and brandishing  a ''identification ' tag thing......like you see the FBI  using...(on the  movies …)…..almost funny......if he had a  homberg  (?)   hat like  Humphrey   Bogart ..I think I would have choked laughing...….I stopped the machine......he asked the inevitable question...…..""Have you got permission  to do this work ??""      .I just answered ""totally ""...….just the one word.....He got a bit pissed off....asked my name...so ...for once ..I had my wallet  on me.....so   I solemnly got my drivers license out ...and flashed it up to him...he went away......just can not be bothered   with those sort of bumptious  f wits...….they are almost in danger  of  some form of permanent  deformity   with their perceived self importance...…..

Mike

 

 

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thats some VERY GOOD rock fishing!!! is that what you call it, quite the catch to line the entire bank there like that and using the ones from the river, how resourceful!!! you should have given that Bloke as you call them ( nice word ) maybe just needed an education on how much good you were doing by stopping the erosion, silting up the river, using the rivers resources to stop the erosion, wow that is find stuff there - and you need a blessing from the queen to do such righteous work - UGH!! - do you have to hug the rocks too as part of the work? - all of that tree stuff looks like butt puckering work on the side of those mountains - no thanks..........i will stick to my flatlander chain saw and skidsteer forks to get my logs to the flatbed - beautiful mike!! really beautiful country you have 

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I feel your pain. I took the day off work to unload a semi with me new barn on it. I ran into town to pick up some miscellaneous items. The first stop was Menards to get some cap nails. They informed me that they are requiring everyone to wear a mask while in the store and if I didn’t have one, I can purchase one at the service desk for a dollar. It’s not the dollar I’m complaining about, rather the fact if I didn’t , I wouldn’t be allowed to enter the store. I made four other stops and none of them required me to where a mask.  I’m a healthy 55 year old man. I chose not to wear a mask. If I get it, I get it. I’m just tired of hearing all the bull about how I should live and behave. I think the media has a lot to do with it. Mike

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4 hours ago, Mike Stearns said:

I feel your pain. I took the day off work to unload a semi with me new barn on it. I ran into town to pick up some miscellaneous items. The first stop was Menards to get some cap nails. They informed me that they are requiring everyone to wear a mask while in the store and if I didn’t have one, I can purchase one at the service desk for a dollar. It’s not the dollar I’m complaining about, rather the fact if I didn’t , I wouldn’t be allowed to enter the store. I made four other stops and none of them required me to where a mask.  I’m a healthy 55 year old man. I chose not to wear a mask. If I get it, I get it. I’m just tired of hearing all the bull about how I should live and behave. I think the media has a lot to do with it. Mike

Mask is a PITA but, I think the point is to keep you from giving it to someone else. The issue is that some people have it but have no symptoms, so they unknowingly spread it around. You may be one of those people.

I'll sure be glad when this $hit goes away or a cure or vaccine is found. Meanwhile I have to keep my mask at hand. It sucks. 

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Mike as always GREAT PICTURES,always like looking your country over.

 

Had a regular check up at the Doc today,🤣 he was a bit stirred up. Would not of been good to show up in mask today. HE IS A HERD IMMUNITY GUY,unless you are compromised get it and build immunity.   

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