found wood #8: Largest Eucalyptus log - I knew it was over 200lbs!

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 06-21-2009 09:54 AM 3140 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In a comment by Topamax in this post he made some assumptions, and ran some numbers, and got 188lbs for the largest Eucalyptus log I managed to lift into the truck and bring home from Canoga Hills. I really felt it was over 200lbs, so today I set this up:

about to weigh the largest log I've ever lifted

It’s just some scrap weathered pine stacked up into a makeshift ramp to my bathroom scale out on the patio, with some 2×4s on the scale to keep the log from pressing its central buttons, or marking up its face. The 2×4s also made a platform into which the log would sit, I hoped.

Here’s a video of the weigh-in:

That’s right, it’s a heavyweight champ, clocking in at 231.4lbs! Not bad! No wonder it literally slid me across the pavement when it got rolling on me. I’m no featherweight myself.

Euc log weighs 231.4lbs

In the video I weigh it 2x, and both times it was 231.4lbs, so I’m inclined to believe it. Oh, and if you’re wondering if the 2×4s added anything, it sets a tare weight when you press the button, so it zeroed itself to their weight first.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 10:40 AM

Yup, you ain’t no light weight :-) My first calc I made came in at over 200, I decided it might be a bit dryer, so I modified the #/ ft^3 a bit. Guess I should have left it alone.

This reminds me of a fellow I knew who was moving his shop. It was a welding and auto spring shop. He had a 100# anvil. He hired a high school kid who was probably over 6’ and well built. Matt told the kid to load the anvil. He said that on the way back into the shop. As he turned back towards the truck, he was just in time to see the kid set it over the tail gate. Matt told him that tail gates open:-)) Gary, I don’t know if you remember me making a comment about the tail gate would open right after you got your new truck and had a load of wood in it with some big pieces, but this kid is what made me think of it. There is no doubt about it, you are “Strongest Lumber Jock” on this site!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 11:16 AM

Haha! I bet there’s someone way stronger lurking here. That anvil reminds me of when I used to hit the local gym with a personal trainer. He had me do calf exercises by repeatedly going up on my toes and back down, and I had to do them while holding a 90lbs dumbbell in each hand. They were solid metal, in this style. Whenever I’d do that, I’d think of two things: my friend, a girl who weighed just a bit over 90lbs, and I was carrying one of her in each hand, basically, and “OWWW, my fingers!” They were really rough on the hands. I started making callouses really fast with that exercise, even with gloves on. I couldn’t curl my arm up while holding them, but there were some guys at the gym who could. I was always waiting for their forearms to snap in half. Heavy weights start to get scary, and take on their own life.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 01:46 PM

gary ,
reading your posts is allways fun and rewarding .
just a word of caution ala topa .
any iritating exprerience you have today , will allways come back later when you hit 60 and remind you
how sore you can be .
it never goes away , it just practices and waits !
the biggest strength you have is in your head !
you are fortunate to be a real ” paul bunyan ” ,
save some of your physical strength for trips to the bathroom later in life .
and if you get tired of holding a 90 lb. woman in each hand , send one to me !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 08:21 PM

Hey Gary
Don’t let David give you that tall story , he could lift it with one hand. LOL All kidding aside be careful out there
it’s not free wood if you hospital bill goes into thousands.


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