Exactly. We usually get ~8-10 cords on the truck, all depending on how long and straight the logs are.entirely depends on type of truck, weight of the wood, integrity of driver...
long logs figure at least 8 full cord, probably closer to 11
150k on a west coast truck?In the 70's I worked in Northern Oregon for the USFS designing building roads for timber sales. At least that is where I ended up at that time of my life. Later on I was hired as a helitack crew member thank goodness. We had a small RV park at the bottom of a fairly long hill. During the warmer months the logging trucks would stand on their jake brakes about 5 AM most mornings with their loads going to the mills. No one that I knew worried about an alarm clocks since the ground would start to shake. There were several mills within an hour or two drive from our site so no one worried about what the load amounted to. It was common for the loads to weigh in at 150,000 lbs gross or more. The drivers would make sure that the wives or kids were patrolling the highway for LE. On one particular morning a truck lost control or brakes and plowed through some of the trailers killing three including the driver. With in a month or so the investigators stated the accident was likely mechanical failure. Every thing went back to normal. The drivers had the attitude that at any time the mills or logs could run out so get as many loads out as possible. Thanks
what you don't seem to understand is that it is physically impossible to load a 70's west coast log truck that heavy, as in no where to put the logs that they won't roll off, not to mention the damage to bearings and frames, and lets just not even think about anything over 400hp being reliable at least until the mid 80'sNorth I never implied any of the trucks were legal. I do not think the trucks were over height requirements, but weight yes. They had there codes and CB radios with extra channels going full bore. I was in Pendleton two months ago so I went through some of my old turf and there is nothing going on. At least two mills that were booming in the 70.s are just collecting weeds. In my opinion it was way more rare for a truck to be legal in any way during those days. I can not say I blame them because those guys knew lean times were ahead. Thanks
so your basically admitting you assumed the whole story from second hand infoNorth did you ever go to Dale Oregon in the 70's. I did as a matter of fact lived there. Population 60 to 70 when I did. It has been put up for auction lately. My recent friend owned the town of Ritter. On 395 there are two mills with there own RR access just sitting as we speak was just there recently. The road to the ranger station was never very steep until the last few hundred yds going through the ranger station. Ask me how I know. I was part of the team that designed that road as it is still there. The trucks that I observed and I never weighed them personally, but was told by many that they were way over loaded with trailer axles extended as far as possible with logs protruding several feet out the back and stacked as high as possible inside the forks. I would say the tractor trailers could haul very large loads aside from legal because grade was never much and it appeared they did. I worked in the Umatilla Ranger District which was named after the Umatilla Indian tribe to the west. The CB radio chatter never stopped on those trucks and some times into the night. The FS could not care what kind of loads went out or if the roads were safe. As long as the roads met specifications no one was concerned. Truck and driver could make several round trips in a day because the mills were not as far as Pendleton. Most every one met in Ukiah before dark to test the beverages. At least that is what I observed in those days. I can not say that was my most enjoyable days of life, but did learn a great deal more about falling timber than I had previously. Thanks