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

Discussion in 'Forestry Equipment' started by Contract Logger, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Rusty Grapple

    Rusty Grapple Well-Known Member

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    1 highlead and 3 TY-80 slacklines were built. One is currently with Krume (Castle Rock, Wa), one is currently with Dancer (Camas valley Ore), and the 3rd went new to NZ and has always remained there.

    The slackline machine Krume has (SN Y8038) was new to Weyerhaeuser in Cottage Grove Oregon
    The slackline machine Dancer has (SN Y8037) was new to PLS at Randle, Wa then bought by Weyco Cosi from PLS in 1998. Dancer picked it up a couple years ago.
    The slackline machine in NZ (SN Y8036) was sold new to PND Logging in 1992.

    The other (and first built) TY-80 (SN Y-8035) is the highlead machine that Weyco Raymond ordered new, currently with Wallace at Toledo Wa.
     
  2. Rusty Grapple

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    Only one serial number appears on my printed list after S5188, and it is S5189. There is no owner or ship date shown, so at the time my list was printed, it may still have been new in inventory. My digital list shows that it went to Finning in September of 1999. There is no record of who they sold it to. Finning was the Thunderbird dealer in Canada so it ended up in BC somewhere after that.
     
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  3. Hallback

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    The last yarder leaving Weyerhaeuser Cosmopolis, the end of a long & prosperous era.
    Sad to see that door shut but excited about our future with #477, now just named Cosi in tribute to her homage. 20181016_125509.jpg
     
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    Here is a bit of history, who else here has "Graduated" Thunderbird school? 20181016_194552.jpg
     
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  6. John C.

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    I spent a long day and early evening changing a pump in a Komatsu with Jerry many year ago. Later he took over the service manager job from Mike Knight who was moved over to the truck boss job. Is Weyerhaeuser Cosy shut down now? Are they still working the woods in the Aberdeen area?
     
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  7. Hallback

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    No, Cosi is still running but they just call it Weyerhaeuser Aberdeen Timberlands now. They have no more yarders and no more boots on the ground. It was bittersweet moving that yarder out of there today as I was happy to get it but sad for the conditions why I was able to get it.
     
  8. John C.

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    I've worked with two generations of mechanics out there and guess that I'm a third generation. I haven't been out there in about ten years so wonder what the fourth is and the fifth generation will be like. I agree about it being bittersweet and having a lot of feelings of nostalgia for my years of running in the service truck down on the harbor. I met a lot of really good people out there. Worked on machines in the saw mill when I started, down at the sort yard shop and the woods shop for Cozy before I moved out of the truck and on to my own path. Lots of jobs in that area lost in the last twenty years.
     
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  9. Hallback

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    I lied, it has a Cummins 10.

     
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