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That photo looks like a postage stamp

Folks are still looking for all the old slides for me, sure hoping they weren't thrown away

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On 3/23/2023 at 3:56 PM, Howard_P said:

I've got a question perhaps you can answer Mike.  I ran across a video of a transmission swap and installation of an auxiliary in an AR-160 (  The auxiliary was called a Joey.  Here they are often called a Brownie because a common aux. in the past was made by Brown-Lipe.  Do you know the origin of the Joey name?

 

Howard...I am ashamed   to admit I don't know.....and to make this situation even more vague....I am darned if I can remember the 'slang' name for the twin sticks...as we knew them in New Zealand....The old blokes who punched these old trucks over our numerous hills had a 'name ' for any twin stick shift...and...I guess...because of the  number we both share...I seem to have lost track of it...sigh

I have pondered for several days...still can't come up with it...and I have to confess, I attended  a reunion, last Saturday...."'Loggers of last Century  "'....There were blokes even older than us, Howard  (:rolleyes:)...who had driven old F1800's and International's other American offering.'s....and I forgot to ask any of them......

I got caught up in seeing blokes whom I had worked with  40 plus yrs gone...I am not a great 'social '  person...never drink alcohol  ...thus I don't ''socialize '' much ....

I had a Mercedes Benz    with a 16 speed Spicer box...with a typical  'Tuetonic " shift pattern...that was an SOB of a thing

I will continue to ponder this matter of twin sticks.....:)

Mike

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On 3/23/2023 at 2:06 PM, mike newman said:

The T20 picture  was more about my enjoyment for getting old relics going again....rather than showing off the latest tractor technology......:rolleyes:

New tech is so smooth to run but under it is an iron tractor with stylish plastic shrouds. The New Tech stuff if barely even tangible, it’s half cloud based invisible untouchable. You can’t collect something you can’t touch. I can’t imagine anyone will be building an archaic microchip in the future just to get that old tractor, that has to have it to run, going again?

Thanks for the pictures.

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To Mike Newman

tryed sending u a message, but it wouldn,t go thru.

Anyhow drove thru your 'backyard' yesterday; rainbow station. Met and talked to your daughter. unfortunatly missed turn off to headquarters so didn,t get to meet you. 

Will try n be better organised next time. Am in south island going down to wheels at wanaka.

Cheers mate.  Mervyn Pepper

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2 hours ago, D6 Merv said:

To Mike Newman

tryed sending u a message, but it wouldn,t go thru.

Anyhow drove thru your 'backyard' yesterday; rainbow station. Met and talked to your daughter. unfortunatly missed turn off to headquarters so didn,t get to meet you. 

Will try n be better organised next time. Am in south island going down to wheels at wanaka.

Cheers mate.  Mervyn Pepper

...thats a bummer, Merv......sorry to miss you ...are you coming back this way  ?? or going back via Kaikoura ?

..I think Helen  said she had you ph #    ....

...the phone connection here  is reminiscent   of the New Zealand current   Govt..bloody hopeless..

Mike 

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...a few pictures of my Dad  ...logging native in the mid thirties...Dad pictured on the Right hand side of the TD40

...TD40...with Winch only

...the third picture shows a ''Kahikatea''  log ...''White Pine '' in  English...a beautiful , non durable timber which was used to enclose export butter...when shipped to the United Kingdom....On the back of that ancient photo is a brief notation....""kike''  log  93 feet long''

Mike

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....following the above post...wonder how the TD 40 operator  ( Dad)  would have reacted to seeing the D85  pushing dirt at the Station..a few  days gone....!!...more flood damage clean up...

Mike

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Might have said the TD40 was the big boy of its day he would need a Komatsu 575 to be relevant 🤔

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On 5/21/2023 at 5:20 PM, mike newman said:

....following the above post...wonder how the TD 40 operator  ( Dad)  would have reacted to seeing the D85  pushing dirt at the Station..a few  days gone....!!...more flood damage clean up...

Mike

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When I see a newer tractor up close these days, the first thing that hits me is how quiet they . It always used to seem like had to be deafening to make good power.  Tinnitus anyone?  Thanks for the pictures.

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Your 4th picture, Mike -- are they " white pine" logs, too?  (Dandies.)

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On 5/24/2023 at 3:47 AM, just Dave said:

When I see a newer tractor up close these days, the first thing that hits me is how quiet they . It always used to seem like had to be deafening to make good power.  Tinnitus anyone?  Thanks for the pictures.

Somewhat O/T on mufflers

Our used FA 10 arrived before I got the parts and service books so I wasn't up with how much of it was Fiat and how much was Allis.  But I was pretty sure that the engine was Fiat, as I reckoned only the Italians would put a black baked enamel finished one on a dozer.

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On 5/29/2023 at 1:06 AM, td9bcf180 said:

Your 4th picture, Mike -- are they " white pine" logs, too?  (Dandies.)

...No.....those are ''Rimu ''  logs......again a tree native to NZ  , and the heart wood is very durable and beautifully  figured   wood.....

Mike

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Thanks for the information and the pictures, Mike.  Nice logs, for sure.  As a head sawyer for 40+ years, ripping some boards out of those logs would be quite interesting.

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...a few more pictures....  these are from regular old camera pictures , which the local photo shop has ...in exchange   for  a  considerable amount of currency....put them on a USB   stick thingy.....BUT....those careful folk at the photo shop ''lost'' one particular picture.....they have explained the obvious fact of being ''sorry ''...but they are not as bloody sorry as I am.....because the lost picture showed the Hitachi Excavator  forming a ramp out to the barge......at low tide....an exercise fraught   with danger  , not only when the sea bed drops away down  deeeep...but  as you blokes can imagine ...it is a hanging offence to mess with the tidal aspect of the sea bed.....There are four Govt Departments , all with lots of ''hoops '' for the peasant to jump through.....Impossible to get permission to build a ramp out to the barge....we were in luck in one aspect, as the big river flowing into the head of the  Pelorus   Sound was in high flood ...and had discoloured the   seawater  for miles ...so the consequent mess made doing the ramp ..just blended in to the already dirty water.....

two different barges shown

second pic  sort of shows the length of the ramp

third pic Hitachi about to climb on the big barge...note the ''buoy'  which marked the end of the ramp, right side of barge

Bell loader tossing a few logs on the small barge , before the ramp formed..

fifth pic barge heavy in the water...Dresser  and Cat loader on board

15 ton Hitachi and my old "F"  truck  and feul tanker   etc

looking into the Bay where we logged

last two pics getting ready to unload the barge at the little Port at the head of the Pelorus Sound

All the logs were carried out on that ramp, with the loaders...several hundred tons....just had to keep a straight run after the tide covered the ramp ...!!!

Mike

 

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Thanks for sharing these photos, Mike. Great pics. 

There were a few of those Bell loaders around here many moons ago but some had felling heads on them. Not too popular and didn't survive in these parts. 

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On 11/15/2023 at 12:10 AM, td9bcf180 said:

Thanks for sharing these photos, Mike. Great pics. 

There were a few of those Bell loaders around here many moons ago but some had felling heads on them. Not too popular and didn't survive in these parts. 

...They have virtually disappeared   from ''main stream ''  logging, down here as well.....handy to have on a really big skid site for the odd tidy up etc when the last of the logs are  being loaded out....

Back in the day, most of the small operators used them....often you would see   an excavator loading the truck and a Bell  would be loading the trailer......and where  those picture above were taken , it was  ideal   ...limited room....loading the barge with logs , by , of course, going up into the barge and stacking up   ''the front ''...whilst the regular loader ran the logs out over the ramp to the barge...

See the odd one these days in a firewood yard...very handy !!!

Mike

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...a few pictures of the logs that came out of Paradise   Bay...(pictures above.....) Some very big Pinus Radiata   trees in there....(Monterey Pine from   Southern California...)

Some of the trees  dwarfed the Hitachi Excavator...The 'Red'     tracked skidder is a   "'KFC''  as we called it....Made up in    BC, Canada,,    ( I think ) I  cannot remember the place name...

Skidder was great ...it periodically lost a track...now putting those suckers back on ....shall we say ..''taxed the patience ''...but in mud , which is never in short supply in New Zealand logging...it performed really well...

The skidder is a KMC.....  calling it the ''KFC""  used to make the operator arc up , somewhat....:)

The bushman pictured last..is no midget...in fact that particular log took some getting on the barge...

The day of the tracked skidder has now long gone...in favour of big Excavators with   Waratah  Heads and other sophisticated equipment....

Mike

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Big lads- those pinus radiata. Nothing here to compare with that (and B.C. trees).  Pinus strobus (eastern white pine) I have seen at 36" on the stump and some rare hardwoods (oak, ash) near that. 

Tracked skidders never caught on, here; mostly rubber tired grapples used now. But the T-Cats with processing heads and rubber tired forwarders are more common.

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BTW, @mike newman I used my old Browning lever 308 last week and dropped a small buck. Meat for the upcoming winter. Nothing compares to a lever. Would like to try that black billy tea, sometime, too!

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4 hours ago, td9bcf180 said:

BTW, @mike newman I used my old Browning lever 308 last week and dropped a small buck. Meat for the upcoming winter. Nothing compares to a lever. Would like to try that black billy tea, sometime, too!

........get yourself down here any time...(this while I am still above the grass....)......we can easily find a chamois and a red deer  for you to roll.....then I will crack on and get that ol' black tea billy  set on the fire  , ready to 'boil up '

no worries  !!!

Mike

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In reciprocate, you are most welcome to come to this part of the hemisphere, as well! Moose/deer hunting seasons are usually October/November so pack extra woollies, parkas, etc. etc. A tad chillier than your part of the world. We have lots of space/room/area/land to hunt on so hounds for deer chasing are still allowed (for now- but that could change if... ). Nothing gets the adrenalin going like a bluetick/black and tan or redbone 100 feet behind a 10 pointer coming straight at you 50 acres away for minutes on end. Be ready with your Savage/Browning/Winchester lever action. 

In reality, I doubt if I will ever get down to Kiwi land and you might not like the cold (I don't) here in the great white north so maybe we both can dream about this scenario!  Cheers to that with BB Tea. 

Off the rails here. Let's talk your old pics and big logs instead of dogs.

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