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Truck Load of Oak

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Wet1, Apr 13, 2009.

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  1. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    I took down a couple of oaks yesterday, one red and one white. Nice looking trees, but the owner wanted them gone. Sad to see them go, but if I didn't take the work, someone else would have. :(

    Unfortunately, the the terrain and the steepness of the grade made it absolutely impossible to get my dump trailer into the work site. I ended up having to take two full truck loads. It was HAIRY getting out of there with the truck fully loaded up and the ground being all soft from the heavy rains the day before... But it sure was nice to be outside working!

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  2. Pagey

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    That's some fine looking wood, sir. Heterosexually speaking, of course. ;-)
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    Nice load of oak. I am assuming it's still pretty green and heavier than h???
    Do you have extra heavy duty springs on your truck ?
    It appears your truck is taking the weight pretty good.
  4. Wet1

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    Thanks for looking at my wood Pagey, I think... :cheese:

    Green as green oak it gets. Each load was close to a cord, probably about 4500 pounds on the truck in that picture. The truck suspension is stock, but it does have a set of Timbrens in the rear and E rated tires all around. I cant begin to recall the number of times the truck has had over two tons in it, and 3 to 3.5 tons (of stone)several times. What made this trip scary is the fact that I had to build up some pretty good speed to get out of there and the terrain was steep and very bumpy. Surprisingly, nothing broke and not a single log fell off on either trip. :)
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    Wet1, you have a winner there! I'll bet you worked up a good sweat just loading that stuff! That is not light!
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    Im jealous of both the wood and the truck.
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    Great Score, I had a load like that of semi seasoned maple on my truck about a month ago and my truck was looking much worse than that. I need to get a trailer again because my truck will not take the abuse for ever.
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    Any assistance my FORD can offer? Just let me know.
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    Nice looking Oak rounds, looked like a beautiful day to be out cutting.
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    Nice score! I had a lot of weight in my old Cummins. I bought a load of stone once and came out of there about 11000#. That was over 2 ton for the load.
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    Thanks guys, it was a damn nice day to be working outside... sunny and around 50°. I guess we have to cherish the weather while it's here, it wont be long before it's in the 90's.


    Backwoods,
    I worked up a mild sweat, but the wind was blowing nicely. You probably can't see the bigger rounds near the bottom of the bed, but some of those big old bears felt like the weighed in well over 200 lbs. Not all that bad to pick up, but not much fun to carry 25 yards (through mud) to the truck! Regardless, it beat the hell out of sitting behind a desk all day! ;)

    And thanks for the offer BamBam. Hopefully I won't ever have a need to take you up on your offer. Got a buddy with a F350 PSD. Ironically, he's the one that is often having issues and needing assistance. My old Cummins just keeps on pulling... :)
  12. Backwoods Savage

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    Wet1, when we have to do some carrying like that we do not block it into firewood lengths. Instead, depending upon the weight, we'll cut to length of 3 or more firewood lengths. Then if you stand those longer logs up, you can just bend the knees just a little and bend forward just a little. Let that log rest on your shoulder. Then stand up and as you do, let the log balance on your shoulder. It is downright surprising how much more weight you can carry that way and then you even make fewer trips. Of course, later you have to cut them to firewood lengths but if there were two of you, you could just slide them to the rear of the truck and cut just off the tailgate. Give that one a try next time you have to carry that heavy stuff.

    Good luck.


    Note: I carry as little as possible any more... Age catches up to everyone sooner or later.
  13. TreePapa

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    My back hurts just looking at that load. But I'm sure it will keep you nice and warm in a couple years.

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  14. Wet1

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    Savage,
    Thanks for the tip! Many of these 18" - 20" long rounds weigh close to 200 lbs each... I don't think I could carry three of them at one shot. Although, I'll give your idea a shot sometime when I have smaller wood to carry.

    Papa,
    Well my back is hanging in there, but my feet are getting a little tired. :)

    I stopped over and grabbed another two loads this weekend, I probably have about four or five more to go. I'm guessing I have about 2 loads of large rounds left and 3 loads of smaller stuff. I'll be happy when I'm done as I have a lot of other things I need to get done. Either way, it sure is nice being outside working this time of year!

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