Stars Wars logging machine?

Mhagen mhagen at
Sat Dec 14 14:22:16 EST 2002

Larry Harrell wrote:
> Mhagen <mhagen at> wrote in message news:<uvk4sokbqsa361 at>...
>>Larry Harrell wrote:
>>>I just got a pic and a very short video clip of a new feller buncher
>>>which has no wheels. It looks like a bug with six legs and a boom arm.
>>>It also looks like it can handle steeper ground with no damage to
>>>soils. This machine looks rather slow but is really cool to look at. I
>>>don't think it has as many uses as a standard cut-to-length processor
>>>and how would you get the logs off of that steeper ground?
>>>I can email anyone a pic but the video is too dang huge for me to send
>>>over the Internet.
>>Is this an old machine or a new one?  We had a Spider working in this 
>>area about twenty years ago.  The description fits.  It's basically a 
>>back hoe frame and engine, with hydraulic legs and a cutting tool on an 
>>arm.  Very interesting to watch work on a steep slope.  The actual name 
>>was a "something" Superhoe. Made in Norway.  The same rig was converted 
>>afterward to a backhoe with thumb, two legs and drop down wheels, and 
>>used for in-stream restoration jobs. It's in Grays Harbor county now.
> It is brand spanking new but probably an old idea. The six legs help
> it balance on steeper ground and the boom is centered. At first, the
> video looked like a fake but, I've gotten this from two different
> sources.
> Maybe the PNW can thin steeper ground, after all. I can't see it being
> very economical, with it being pretty slow and with no forwarder to
> deal with the logs. Just another "cool tool" at the forester's
> disposal <G>
> Larry
  It was designed to do high angle thinnings in doghair DF and WH. Stand 
ages were 90-120 and slopes were 100%++. Fire caused even aged stands 
were common in the Quilcene area.  These days they'd probably use a 
running skyline or even multi span.

The trees were cut full length, gathered and bundled. A yarder would 
haul the whole bundle up the strip.  The landings were very large but 
had a portable chip & saw mill set up. Everything went in one end and 
two by fours and chips blew out the other. Hog fuel was selling at a 
good price then.  The sales were set up to be a shade over break even - 
this was a better alternative than clearcutting the slopes to get some 

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