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MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Red & White Iron, Past and Present....

Discussion in 'Forestry Equipment' started by trakloader, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Hank R

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    There are 4 or 5 Loggers with Brutus here in town, With the exchange on the dollar it would be affordable.
     
  2. Tugger2

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    In my memory the original boxes were custom engineering. The outfit i worked for as the welder fab guy tasked me with loggerizing our pickups so we poached some of the Custom Eng Ideas and took my drawings to an outfit with good brake and shear capacity called Rebco up in Dashwood north end of Qualicum. We built a bunch of them as well as a few home projects . I still have one on my old 77 f250 parked in my bone yard at home. After that Rebco built 100s of them.Ill try and clear the alders and post pics of the 77. That was early to mid 80s . Ive had the 77 since new ,( a whole 8400.00 off the lot from Dave landon Ford in Port Hardy) With a canopy i might add.
     
  3. HD Mech

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    I think Weldco had a box they sold for a while also.
     
  4. Hank R

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    I received this picture from my friend Jim, it is of a first or close to it of H 17, Picture is of his uncle Ted in the early 50's, trying to find out more information as to who is working on trailer and if Ted was the driver or ??? 62.jpg
     
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    What might the purpose of the hose reel? To fill the brake water tank? At least it appears (to my failing eyes) to be a hose reel.
     
  6. Hank R

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    Your guess is as good as mine but also in case of a small fire just a guess . I am waiting for Family member to get back to me but they are away camping fishing and nor phone service so may be 7 to 10 days.
     
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    I bet it was for putting out a small fire. I saw that on a truck from another M&B division once.
     
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  8. Hank R

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    Heard from Hank Suderman and he thought It is a 1952 LMSWL Mack. Still wondering if the Mack is the first H 17 or not.
     
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    Yes, This was the first H17 Great Central Lake, then became Sproat Lake Division, When this truck was retired, That unit number would not come up again until 1975
     
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    Are there many pictures of this truck around Steve??
     
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    A couple more have left us: VIC SAVITSKY (Sproat Lake) and JACK JAMES (Franklin River) both awesome men.
     
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    Eve River got H291 to H298 brand new in 1968-1969
     
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    They did have their own motor, to run the hydraulics to run the spinners, open the gates and raise the box. You had to work at them to keep them sanding. The top of the load would freeze and Chunks of frozen sand would block the gates. It was a challenge for sure.
     
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    This week I had to go to Port Alberni to cut up the steel and overhead cranes from the Sproat Lake shop. Just wondering if anyone had pictures from inside the shop from back in the day.
     

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    Sad to see.....
     
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    It was one of the nicest shops around. Its scorched earth policy for industry around here now. My old yard was a waterfront industrial site , now its a paved walkway with a bit of grass and trees. But im told the economic benefits of all this green space are enormous.???
     
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    Is Sproat done? Did they abandon operations in the area?
     
  20. Tugger2

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    No they still log there ,but its mostly contract or more centralized company equipment.