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  1. Gordon Gould

    Getting my L4630 GSTC tractor ready to work

    Welcome to TBN. Sounds like you are going in the right direction. Good luck with the new tractor !! gg
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    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    A dozer is designed to be a leveling machine. Ideally, with the bade out front the dozer is pushing out a flat surface for the track to ride on. There are track rollers distributed under the center of the machine that are designed to take the weight. The rear sprocket provides the drive to turn...
  3. Gordon Gould

    I don't understand something.

    22 years ago I bought a new tractor, rear blade, and logging winch for $18,000. So that's $2.25 a day. Independent of the hours, it's been worth it just from the enjoyment stand point. And the cost is probably less than most people spend on lunch or coffee in that time. gg
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    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I took this at the logging museum in Klamath Falls OR. It's a Cat 30 one of the first Cats used in logging. They used that big levered arch system and a winch to lift the log and keep the weight off the rear of the dozer. It's mind boggling to me comparing that stuff with todays equipment. gg
  5. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Yes, I understand about Blue Stain - Once you start cutting you can't fool around until you get a full load on the landing ready to ship. It can be a race against time cutting a load of White Pine before it stains in the summer. So I'm not suggesting you should change what you are doing. I just...
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    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I can see getting out a quick load as being a good thing sometimes but If you can 'cruise right in' then it must be fairly open. I would think that if you put in the work to make a tractor road into your interior woodlot you would reap the benefits of good access for ever. Making a road is more...
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    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Looking good fruitcakes (y) Curious though, what made you decide to skid with the 450 instead of the M6040?? It should be able to handle a log like that too. gg
  8. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I here you on the gas leaks. I like Husky's too. But if the tank gets pressurized in the sun or hot truck mine smell gassy. They ate oldish. Maybe the newer saws are better. Good idea on the battery saw. How do you think the batteries hold up in the cold. gg
  9. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    ^^^ It is really shiny - where are you located grjfer. Just gives us some perspective about you. Maybe put it in your profile. gg
  10. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Today was 70 degrees, cloudy, and breezy. I thought it would be a good day to start moving wood into the 2023/24 side of the wood shed. For me it is pleasant work on a day like this. gg
  11. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    We have several power plants within trucking distance and most of the chipping here goes to feed them and not paper. But now that you made me think a little; this place was cut around 1996 so things were probably way different. More paper mills and fewer power plants - I'm not sure of the timing...
  12. Gordon Gould

    New Tractor, first post. County Line post hole digger with half of trilobe PTO

    ^^^ Welcome to TBN gdoteof. You will have plenty of experiences and chances to learn about physical stuff putting your new tractor to work. Lots of enjoyment too. Develop common sense and work safe. gg
  13. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I would have kept them just for a little diversity if there was no other use or enough for a load. They chip pine and spruce/fir - I don't know about cedar. They did have a chipper in here so maybe cedar s a no no but I can't imagine why if they are doing whole tree chipping ???? gg
  14. Gordon Gould

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Me too. That old hitch of 6 trees 14" in diameter plus just laying there and I have only found 2 other growing cedars on this entire large lot. What a waste to just cut them and let them lay. I used the smaller top ends for posts. gg
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    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Those will make some good lumber when you get them on your new mill. When we bought this wood lot in 1999 there was a hitch of 6 tree length cedar left laying in one of the landings. I have used a little but the rest is still there. Lasts along time. gg
 
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