Money making machine! Cuts all of the logs to size for the
loader / truck to haul. Strips off he limbs flush to the bark.
IIRC, you need a driver, a cutter, a loader, a trucker (stream of them)
and away you go in planted or flat ground. I've seem them in action on
TV and they chunk logs. The saw men and another machine pull in the
thin tops and limbs grinding them up for wood chips or mulch.
The chips have to be nice and mostly white wood for chip board use.
All of the junk can be used in a Bio-fuel power plant. More machine
less overhead and lower cost for fuel. The local plant fights the price
with several chip board plants. Supply and demand. They can use burnt
wood chips while the wood guys can't.
On 10/7/2015 8:15 PM, krw wrote:
They have them here in the tree farms - fast production. Trees are
about the same diameter so everything is regular on a farm.
The unit is big and powerful, but there are trees to large for it.
On 10/7/2015 8:24 PM, J. Clarke wrote:
After he retired from the Navy he worked for Rayonier in their tree
farms. If you've ever been in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia
you've likely seen them--nice clear pine forests with miles and miles of
beautiful trees all the same size, with big fences and "No Trespassing"
signs--I suspect Rayonier was worried about (a) some idiot burning their
trees and (b) liability.
They had all kinds of powered equipment. When it broke down it was back
to chainsaws, axes, and cussing--the logs still had to be delivered.
Yeah, that sort of machine is intended for plantation pine.
Trees with a very straight bole and very small branches.
Dunno why you'd call them "beautiful" trees. As landscape
they're boring as hell, and as lumber they're construction
lumber, not really useful for woodworking purposes. BTW,
the fashion now is to leave a strip of "natural" woods along
the roadside, so it's not so easy to see the plantations
as it once was.
The "no trespassing" is for liability - specifically for
some damn fool hunter shooting another damn fool hunter
(you get a lot of those in the rural parts of the south).
Fire isn't the big concern, in part because in a managed
forest there's not all that much understory and clutter
to burn (and the trees have evolved to resist low level
fires), but mostly because lightning started fires are
more common than human started (N Fla/S Ga has the highest
incidence of lightning in the country).
The movie I saw showed it towing a trailer and putting
logs in it as it worked. It was clearing the sides (both)
of a logging road going up a mountain. So it takes variable
and any angle. The head is rotated and twisted at will. The
brush was gathered by another machine and the chips were spread
down hill. It isn't a row machine, but is very very good at that.
On 10/8/2015 9:22 AM, John McCoy wrote:
"Michael" wrote in message
It would be like all the other remote controlled cars, trucks, planes, etc.
that kids get for Christmas... fun for a while but then you run out of
things to cut down and it collects dust.
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