Stars Wars logging machine?

Mark Dressler milbop at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 18 02:47:06 EST 2002


I think I found it at:

www.timberjack.com/downloads/pdf/development/Walking-Brochure.pdf


Geoff Kegerreis <Geoff at timberlineforestry.com> wrote in message news:<3DFDE509.E1E6CA30 at timberlineforestry.com>...
> Hey guys, I just saw that machine somewhere recently (can't remember where).  It is faster than it
> looks and does not contribute to as much soil compaction as rubber tires or tracks do.  It is also
> faster than you would think!  The future?  I'm not sure, but it certainly is not a bad idea - as you
> say, I think it has been around for a long time!
> 
> -Geoff
> 
> Mhagen wrote:
> 
> > Larry Harrell wrote:
> > > Mhagen <mhagen at nospamolympus.net> wrote in message news:<uvk4sokbqsa361 at corp.supernews.com>...
> > >
> > >>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?
> > >>>(helicopter?)
> > >>>
> > >>>I can email anyone a pic but the video is too dang huge for me to send
> > >>>over the Internet.
> > >>>
> > >>>Larry
> > >>
> > >>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
> > regeneration.
> 
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