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Bucking table mostly done

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by CaseyForrest, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Wowzer

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    I have been thinking about making a table I cut everything 10ft to drop into my dump trailer and have been hauling it to a spot. I have used a buzz saw Cantoo let me borrow and will continue to use one for the smaller stuff but I think a bucking table like this is my next step in making life easier for a one man operation.

    What would you change if you could in making your next one or would you even make one again and do something else?
     
  2. CaseyForrest

    CaseyForrest I am NOT a tree freak.

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    Im content with the stand and cutting table. The table the rounds sit on needs more capacity, so Ill likely improve that. I originally wanted everything portable, but in the long run, I can see a benefit to having the set-up permanent. I have the space to do it so when this needs to be rebuilt, it may become a permanent structure.
     
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    Wowzer: Two things. One is to double stack the 4" x 6" sacrificial table. Then the top could be more easily replaces each year. Second, design it to be picked up with forks or moved in some fashion to clean out under it several times a year. Bark and dirt builds quickly with a month or two of use. I like movable because things can change year to year, and I also need to move them to get trucks out through that area when they deliver logs.
    For large logs, I'm thinking of a deck with a box store vertical splitter sitting on top of it at one end just to quarter the rounds for the SS HD.
    What do you think?
     
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    Lots of work here. A logger with 25 years of buck cutting under his belt told me that one of the reasons he still uses saws with a 36" bar is because he doesn't have to lean over any further to make the cut. He also hates getting on his knees.

    I cut over a half cord of wood from small branches yesterday. It did require knee work. LOML says that my jeans have soil stains that cannot be removed anymore by wash chemicals. That's the price of progress. There are some things you cannot do while standing up.

    A tree removal owner told me that they spend nearly a grand a year replacing or servicing sharpening knives and the engine breakdowns on their big chipper/shredder, not to mention its fuel. So, I keep saving what I can for firewood and they welcome my efforts. For some stupid reason, I never remember to bring my cross buck to the tree removal job site. My error.
     
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    CaseyForrest I am NOT a tree freak.

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    Pseudo processor.... I think having the wedge on the ram in that set-up is still going to require you to handle the wood to often. A wedge on the beam where the halves/quarters can be pushed off towards the SS would function more efficiently.

    Perhaps keeping the TW would have been a good idea.
     
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    Yesterday I cleared another twenty five foot strip along my seasoning area, mostly to square it up as that side tapered in quite a bit on the working end.
    I could certainly have used the DR chipper I sold too as most of the stuff cleared was 2 1/2" and smaller. I drug them in the woods and scattered them. Dropped one tall 10" pine I used the log arch on. I'm keeping that arch for sure.
     
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    i have been thinking about a vertical splitter option for a bucking table(something like below). but i think i will just start with something you have Casey and then move from there, i can make it out of metal as i have the space and means to move it around but i think i will make it out of Wood see how i like it and then see about a vertical splitter someday for the end of it.

    I am only cutting about 8 to 10 cord (4'x4'x8') a year and i have been thinking about maybe selling some but don't want to get too ahead of myself just yet.
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    CaseyForrest I am NOT a tree freak.

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    Wood is a better idea if you're going to be running a saw on it....

    Is that your splitter?
     
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    I ment like the frame out of metal, and then i would just have some sacrificial wood on top.

    No that's the one i'm thinking about building for the end of the bucking table. I have almost all the parts for it, now just need the time haha
     
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    Lots of good ideas.I've been trying to come with a portable bucking
    table. A design to use my gas powered rope winch to pull logs up on to it and buck the logs and slide pieces into truck.
    Theres a you tube video of a big tall bucking table can remember the name of video.
     
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    Photo is a bit blurry but you get the idea for large dia. 8' logs. Possibly a gantry crane with tongs to tip up really heavy rounds and move horizontally to splitter. IMG_5318.jpg
     
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    Pcoz88: In the past I have used a pickup with a lift-gate for loading several big rounds at a time. Makes pretty easy work of it and lots of other uses too. There are used ones out there. Mine came off an old Pepsi truck.
     
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    Sandhill Crane I bought a used lift gate for my truck. Just need to get it installed one of these days. Kind of want to make a bucking table kind of like a Wallenstein wx835 processor. it winches logs up and you use your own chain saw.
     
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    I was thinking today about using a farm wagon wheel assembly as a platform . Have a trough made to winch logs up on to a deck(kind of like the badger processor) ,buck the log up . Pieces would be right height to throw into truck or have splitter there and split from that. What do you guys think?
     
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    Give it a try. It will evolve from there, based on what works and doesn't work for you.
    I started with two saw horses and a cutting platform on one edge, loading it by lifting one end of the log up at a time. Obviously they were small logs. I've tried dumping the conveyor into scaffolding as a staging platform/bin for stacking splits, and tried various types of wood racks. I am now thinking of an excavator and Lasco cone for splitting large wood that tree services give away, verses paying for log loads as I am now. Ideas start as seed thoughts, and grow or die from there depending on many factors. (I'm quite sure this last thought of using an excavator will succumb to lack of funding. But it does address the cost of six semi loads of logs, at $2,100. each.)
    Check out entry level processors for ideas. Some have log lift arms, some have live decks that tip down to the ground and bracket extensions on the chains to lift the log up the live deck. Never been a fan of dragging logs prior to cutting with a chainsaw.
    Best of luck, and keep posting.
     
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    Thanks sandhill crane.That come splitter you're talking about, saw one down at Paul Bunyan show! It was AWESOME could sit there and just watch it. I need to find a used but not abused farm wagon with good running gear. I have some good ideas. Thanks again.
     
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    I've only seen the cone splitters on YouTube, but I'll be checking them out at the Paul Bunyan Show next fall, along with kilns.
     
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    If you have a tractor, even better. Find a wagon with a hoist under it. IMG_0180.JPG

    I made an attempt at building onto the back of this wagon something I could cut off of, I have a lot of smaller trees that need to be thinned, so thought I could load them cross ways, tilt the bed, cut them and not have to handle them much. Couldn't get my poles to feed onto my cutting platform right and gave up.
     
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