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2 cords an hour

Post in 'The Gear' started by nate379, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    PM me if you need help. I have a diesel F350, an acre to park on, and live just south of Seattle.
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  2. MasterMech

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    That right there is proof of the value of this board. Not just a bunch of imaginary friends inside the computer.
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  3. nate379

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    I'm going to end up driving down to Iowa to pick it up. They had offered to bring it to Seattle and I was thinking it would be at no (or minimal) cost, but I later found out they wanted about $2500. That isn't a horrible price, but I can drive out to Iowa for less. Also my brother's wife's sister and her husband live not too far away so I'll be able to swing by for a day or two.


    Also I picked up a load I have to haul down to Colorado so I won't be too far away. That load will more or less cover my fuel costs!

    They are expecting it to be built and ready to go toward the middle of June. I'm not sure if they have any on hand but they are building mine custom with a stronger axle and frame to handle the extra weight of the elevator being stacked on top and also to handle the rough ALCAN highway.

    Highbeam, I'm going to be going into Canada probably through Montana. I like that route better than the WA route, the roads are a bit nicer and the mountain passes aren't quite as steep. I believe mileage wise it's just about the same.
    I really do appreciate the offer though! Thanks!


    Also now looking for a skid steer so I can load this machine. Talk about costing some money in order to make money huh!
  4. tekguy

    tekguy Feeling the Heat

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    same in Mass, first time I heard 'face cord' was from people in upstate NY , was like what the hell is that?
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  5. HDRock

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  6. nate379

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    Those big engines are tough on fuel and not really needed. Does 1 more cord an hour warrant 45 more horsepower?

    One of the guys I know has something similar. It still does about 2 cords an hour but burns about 6 gallons of diesel to do so. It has a huge (like 48") skill saw blade so I guess maybe it needs the big horsepower?
    The 35hp Kubota on the Blockbuster burns about a gallon an hour. (runs at around 1200 rpm)

    That works to a fuel cost of $2.25/cord or $13.50. If a guy did 5000 cords a year, that's a difference of about 2500 gallons vs 7500 gallons or about ~$22500!

    Not saying that the "only" brand out there that is worth a darn is Blockbuster, but I would certainly not pay $36k for a 25 year old machine.

    The Blockbuster I bought doesn't have a heated cab but I will probably build one and tie a heater into the cooling system.
  7. HDRock

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    I never even looked at these things till U posted this thread ;lol they are in with the Log Splitter listings
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    Do you buy wood from loggers and then cut/split or do you harvest your own logs?
  9. nate379

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    I have a partnership with a friend that owns a tree harvestor, skidders, feller buncher, log trucks, etc.
    He prefers to work in the woods and I would rather not so it works out pretty well. He sends me firewood customers, I send him log and board (has a mill as well) customers
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  10. Danno77

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    wait, where is this thing? I swear you said Iowa, then I hear something about Pennsylvania, then someone from washington has a truck to help, then something about Colorado...
  11. nate379

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    Huh? Where the hell did you get all that from, did you read a single sentence in each post and make up a story?
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  12. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    You said you had to drive to iowa, then you said something about having family in Maine (my mistake) and that if they could meet in Seattle it would only be $1000 vs $2000 in fuel. Then High Beam said something about having a diesel F350 and an acre to park on just south of Seattle. Then you said you have to go to Colorado which is "not too far away" (it's not even close in my book, except in perspective of being closer than Alaska), then you said you would go through Montana.

    Having not actually made the trip to Alaska, I can only go by what friends have done, and I don't know anybody who goes through Montana from where we live. Maybe that has something to do with your putting Colorado on the trip.

    Was just trying to figure out if there was anything I could do to help living on the edge of Iowa.
  13. Backwoods Savage

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    That machine in St Charles has been around many years. Probably lots of wear and tear for sure.
  14. nate379

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    I'm bringing down a truck from Alaska and dropping it off in Colorado. That load is paying for my fuel on pretty much the whole trip.

    After that I drive another 700 miles to Iowa to stop off at a guys farm near Dubque (sp?) for a skid steer grapple, then Mt Pleasnt for the processor and then in Indianola to visit family for a day or two (my sister in law's sister and her husband), and then back to Alaska.

    Colorado is near Iowa when you compare how far I'm driving. I guess for a L48er driving a few hundred miles is a big thing? Stuff is spread out just a bit around here :cool:


    AND WTF IS UP WITH THE BOARD? I had to boot up my computer to answer this. Every time I clicked to open this thread it brought me to www.woodstove.com or Hearth.com Talk (whatever that is?) I tried it 10-12 times!

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