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Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by northmanlogging, May 7, 2016.

  1. northmanlogging

    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    Honestly I'll probably break the damn thing putting it in...

    Far as I can tell the original was just tempered glass, no safety glass at all, Though if this doesn't work, they same glass place will cut to size safety glass as well, and not a whole lot more expensive.

    Tempered glass will shatter into itty bitty bits, where as untempered breaks in to lots of jagged shards
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    The further misadventures of a dumb gyppo and his haywire outfit...

    between yesterday and today, I've thrown the same track 5 times... yes 5 times, in the process of removing a link... but darkness prevailed,

    Anyway, I hate grease, at least grease on my hands, and those that have ever dealt with putting a track back on or repacking a bearing know that you basically take a large handful of snot and get it on everything in the immediate vicinity.

    I have a roll of them blue towels, but lets face it, they don't cut it with nearly freezing grease (or ever for that matter)

    But I also have an abundance of saw chips. So instead of ringing out a paper towel over and over again, I just took a big ole handful of chips and scrubbed my hands with it, takes 2 or 3 handfuls, and yer hands aren't exactly clean, but they sure aren't sticky and slimy, gets most of the grease off and leaves yer paws mostly dry, works with gloves too.
     
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    Gologit Completely retired...life is good.

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    My sympathies. I've put a few tracks back on over the years. They never seem to happen in a handy spot like the landing or next to a road close to the truck. They also seem to happen so that you're carrying the tools uphill to work.
    The wood chip trick is a good one. Starting fluid works good too but it can get kinda expensive.
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    I got some real bad chemical burns a few years ago at one of the machine shops I worked at, I.D.L (don't work there... ever...)They would clean the machines with solvent daily and mix the coolant super thick... very bad combo, so my fingers are really sensitive to stuff, brake clean and starting fluid being high on the list, diesel is ok for short term, but even oil after too long starts to burn.
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    Also notably this is about the time I decided I was done machining and wanted to spend more time in the woods... a year later I bought the Missus... I'm still broke but I'm happier...
     
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    lol northy you will always be happier on your own even with the worst of days! worst of days allows you to know there yours and yours alone with out having to share the pain and paying of your love (note* I did not say work) lol
     
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    bitzer Bullshit Timber Expert

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    Yep those blue towels are useless. Old bath towels are best for grease and oil. Old cotton t-shirts are good too. I've got a steady stream of them from the house to truck to skidder. The biggest problem with a roof mount loader on a forwarder is you're always cleaning the windows. Rags in the cab are a necessity. I've done the wood chip thing too. And grass when in season.
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    I broke a hose last week, while plucking branches off a tree to push it, of course everything sprayed over the cab, and the sky light thing was open... so the entire machine has a nice sheen of hydro oil now.
     
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    Slowly repeat "Rust preventive" over and over until you reach a zen state. Don't overdue it as you need some consciousness when you step on those rustproof steps and tracks.

    Ron
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    I picked up some floor covering anti skid type stuff, I'm a gonna put it down over some of the more heavily trafficked areas, calks and sheet metal at 8' in the air with no hand rails is a disaster waiting to happen anyway, then the rust preventative will just be a minor nuisance, I keep fergeting to check the oil while I still have Chucks or regular boots on... Not the the level has changed since I fixed the oil filter issue... seriously who doesn't tighten an oil filter...
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    when contemplating beating the pins out of tracks

    Just hire it done, find someone with a track press and pay them whatever they want, your shoulders and back will thank you for it later.
     
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    We rent one from the CAT dealer. Pounding is for the birds. Dry ice the pins before reassembly. Makes things happen a lot easier.
     
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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    I asked around, no one seemed keen on renting one kept mumbling something about expensive and broken...

    The local outfit here in town they have broke 2 in the last 2 months... they where less then thrilled about me asking to rent it.
     

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