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Thread: Thunderbird Yarders, Loaders, and Etc from the Murray's in Eugene Oregon

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    Quote Originally Posted by TorkelH View Post
    Great that you find some yarders on the beaches there too - great pic's Jeremy! The 255 cab looked bad, it's good to hear the accident was not fatal.
    Thanks Torkel having fun down here relaxing, the timber industry seems to be still somewhat alive down here. Two logging sites within five miles of where I am staying and a constant parade of log and chip trucks going by. Yeah poor 255, not a pretty site to see. Good to see it will be working again sometime soon along with the operator!

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    L144 - Sproat Lake - TB 1146BC/1148

    I have shown some of these pic's before. L144 seems to be a 1146BC with 1148 boom?
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    Went for a drive after breakfast this morning. Here's the first Thunderbird loader I've ever seen in person. Found it at a log yard by The Dalles, Oregon. (across the river in Dallesport to be exact).Man, these things were built hell for stout!
    Nice shot of Mt. Hood in the background as well.
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    That loader looks very well taken care oy. Probably never seen the woods.
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    Its obviously never been to BC.

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    Very true! LOL
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    Kiwi TY40

    Another nice looking little hauler

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Business-fa...-382110745.htm

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    Thunderbirds in Fort Bragg, CA

    Last summer made a trip down to the Bay Area to visit family and made a detour thru Redwood Country, while going down I convinced the family to head thru Fort Bragg and make a brief stop at Anderson Logging. No yarders in the yard but found three dandy ones at Roach Bros Logging right in front of the Anderson Yard.
    TSY255 unknown serial #, can't remember if It had no plate or I forgot to take a pic
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    TSY6240 S-5203 in Madill colors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyM70 View Post
    Last summer made a trip down to the Bay Area to visit family and made a detour thru Redwood Country, while going down I convinced the family to head thru Fort Bragg and make a brief stop at Anderson Logging. No yarders in the yard but found three dandy ones at Roach Bros Logging right in front of the Anderson Yard.
    TSY255 unknown serial #, can't remember if It had no plate or I forgot to take a pic
    TSY155 S-5134
    TSY6240 S-5203 in Madill colors?
    And the rest of the pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyM70 View Post
    And the rest of the pics
    I talked to Gary Roach not too long ago, he has since retired and sold the 155 into NZ and the 6240 went just north to fortuna ca. To Leonardo logging

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    Quote Originally Posted by J&R,INC. View Post
    I talked to Gary Roach not too long ago, he has since retired and sold the 155 into NZ and the 6240 went just north to fortuna ca. To Leonardo logging
    Thanks for the update. I kind of wondered why three nice yarders would be sitting still during mid-summer of last year. Still scratching my head why I.didn't get serial on the 255.

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    Tsy355

    TSY355-5150 at Frank Beban Logging, Head Bay
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    Tmy50 5044

    Thanks to Roadswitcher I can provide a bit of history to this machine.

    "Re TMY R5044 - Construction date, April 1987 - first owner, Jerry Van Damme (owned a number of T/birds), second owner, SP-Bud Eastman, California. It came to NZ in 1997 to Bill Kissal in Greymouth (I helped set it up, rained the whole time). I then heard rumours that it went to Nig Bryant in Nelson about eight years ago."

    Recently the machine was purchased by Speirs logging after it had sat for quite some time at Meed Engineering. It had been reposesed. Speirs are taking good care of the machine and it is currently operating in the southern Wairarapa.
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    How big is the wood in New Zealand anyway...??? I know alot of big yarders have gone there.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hallback View Post
    How big is the wood in New Zealand anyway...??? I know alot of big yarders have gone there.....
    The majority of the forest over here is radiata pine. We try to log it at about 30 years of age. Depending on the growing conditions the average tree will weight 2.5 tonne, this is about 0.6m through the butt and 30m tall. Some areas are short of contractors so the trees are getting a bit bigger. 3.5 tonne average piece size forests are around but anything bigger is not common.

    Our big yarders down here generally pull more trees per turn not bigger wood

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