In regards to Thunderbird Log Loaders set up as Processors/ Harvesters, are these machines worth the hassle of fixing up and operating compared to today's new machines?
The few TB's that I see come up for sale are early to mid 1990's machines that have generally 10,000 t0 15,000 hours on them, heads are usually Waratah's or Ketco's; how many hours do these machines usually survive to? I really have no idea... However, the nice thing about these machines is that they're relatively inexpensive and have the older mechanically operated / minimal computer interface Cummins engines, which are far better in my opinion than the new IT4 and so on engines of new machines.
I'm a sucker for older iron, especially specialty built pieces with Cummins, but if someone was to go out today and purchase a loader/ processor combo, would an old TB still compete, or should they look at a Madill, or more efficient CAT, JD, etc. products?