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Blog entry by dlcarver posted 04-10-2008 11:29 PM 4629 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know if any of you guys got this yet in your emails, but you just have to see this. You can clear the whole forest in minutes. I COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EYES!!!

Subject: John Deere Model 1270 A Woodsman’s Machine

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#1 posted 04-10-2008 11:35 PM

Holy Cow !!!

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#2 posted 04-10-2008 11:40 PM

I wonder how many “Ax Men” that thing put out of work?

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 04-10-2008 11:53 PM

TOOLZ: I would say the whole state Washington, and Oregon.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 04-10-2008 11:54 PM

Thanks Dave.

They’ve come a long ways in developing these machines. I seen the first machine, the prototype, like this back in the late 1960s, or early 1970s. They have these type of machines right by our lake place.

It was invented up here in northern MN. The guy that invented it used to manufacture Pickeroons that the loggers used.

The short Cedar leftover logs are what my neighbor at the lake, hauls in with his ATV, so I can make Cedar benches.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 04-11-2008 12:08 AM

I’ve seen those on Modern Marvels on the history channel. Amazing machines!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-11-2008 01:06 AM

That is one serious logging operation. I would love to see a close-up of the blades on the saw.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 04-11-2008 01:06 AM

I saw them back in the 60s too. They called them tree farmers, in the Lake of the Woods Ontario. mike

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#8 posted 04-11-2008 01:49 AM

Here is a link that shows the blade used on this type of Feller Buncher.

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#9 posted 04-11-2008 03:21 AM

Modern technology sure is incredible.

I’ve heard about these hydro cutters. I know they use it in cutting granite, so I guess wood is a piece of cake.

Neat machine David, thanks for posting it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 04-11-2008 01:21 PM

In North East Oregon where we used to live these types of machines have put the chain saw boys out of work. At least on flat ground. A friend of ours has a hillside version that will work on a pretty steep slope much like a hill side combine. I think this is the first one I’ve seen which combines felling and limbing. Most of the Feller-Bunchers leave the limbing for a separate machine.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 04-12-2008 01:52 AM

This particular machine uses a chain saw type system except that every tooth is sharp unlike a hand held model. To go even further, this machine has an onboard computer that knows the length of the tree by its species and diameter. It uses this information to calculate the best lengths then automatically cuts it to lengths. They can easily cut 400 to 600 trees in an 8 hour shift.

Amazing stuff.


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#12 posted 04-12-2008 02:01 AM

Paul Bunyan eat your heart out! A few weeks ago I cut down some of next years fire-wood, and it sure would have been easier using one of those.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 04-12-2008 10:16 PM

This is a processor/harvestor, they differ from a fellar buncher by cutting up the whole tree instead of just falling it. The operators sort as they cut so the guy skidding behind them have an easier and more productive load out to the road. They can either cut at the stump for behind a fellar buncher off the ground. Usually these machines work in tandem or more together. If you have alot of timber to cut they are the way to go, and you have to have alot of timber to afford the half million plus for one. The only downfall is they leave roller marks in the jacket boards off the log. Depending on the head size these machines can cut usually up to a 28” diameter tree, or could be outfitted wiht a large head for bigger trees. Many sawlogs are still cut by piece cutters do to there size. An excavoter can even be turned into a processor with the addition of the right plumbing, a computer, and a head.

-- barlow

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#14 posted 04-14-2008 04:53 AM

Pretty cool machine, but let’s give it up for the operator.

-- Jason, AL

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#15 posted 04-15-2008 05:54 AM

Man, many years ago I used to fell, limb and the haul wood and still ache when I think how heavy the chainsaw was by the end of the day. I don’t know how many BF or cords that machine can cut in a shift, but I bet it approaches what my yearly best was. What a way to harvest.

Great post thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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