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tomfuller wrote:I have a bicycle I'll sell real cheap if that'll help.
mjcromp wrote:dirtbike in the summer and a snowmobile in the winter?
floydette wrote:maybe one of the golf carts that the greenskeeping crews use. They look like teeny tiny pickup trucks. Have you thought of contacting any of the gazillion golf courses to find out if they're retiring any?
logscaler wrote:mjcromp wrote:Flashcards??
"Cheatsheets" would be a better phrase I guess.
With so many different sorts of logs by species, diameter, length, grade and logyard, we don't use all of them all the time so we tend to forget some. Therefore we carry notes or cheatsheets to jog our memories which log goes where.
An example would be a 34 foot long, 16 inch diameter Douglas Fir with knots on the top segment over 2.5 inches and knots on the bottom segment less then 1.5 inches but number more the 18 knots on the bottom segment would go to Deck 049 as a 3mill - 2 mill "DC" log yet if those bottom knots where bigger then 2.5 inches then the log would go to deck "052" as a 3mill - 3mill "DD" log, But if the knots on the bottom segment where less then 1.5 inches and number less then 18 then the log would go to deck "032" as a 3 mill - Special mill "DC" log UNLESS there was at least 50 % clear wood (no knots, burls, catface,etc.) and more the 8 growth rings per inch then it would go to deck "032" as a 3 mill - Special mill "DA" log BUT if the top segment knots where less then 2.5 inches diameter as well as the bottom segment knots being less then 2.5 inches diameter then it would go to deck "044" as a 2 mill - 2mill "CC"log UNLESS there where less then 18 knots per segment top and bottom then it will go to deck "044" as a "CC" log UNLESS there was 50 % clear wood on either segment then it would go to deck 032 as a "CA" or as a "AC" or as a "AA" UNLESS there is conk rot in either segment that culls out more the 75% of the segment then I have to measure the Butt end of the log to see if its maximum diameter is less the 29" and if it is, then the log goes into deck "025" as it will fit into the mill in Weed and not be shipped to varies other mills BUT if the log is a sawmill length instead of a Peeler length, then this log will stand a chance of going into deck "027" as long as it grades a 2mill - 2 mill "CC" or better on both ends UNLESS it has conk rot then it will go into deck "205" to be peeled at Weed. A lot of this also depends very heavy on the growth ring count on the small end of the log, where less then 8 rings per inch effect's grade, if there is any twist to the grain and if there is, how much twist in a 3 foot segment equidistant from both ends of the log, which will effect grade.
NOW I have to look for the amount of defect, if there is any, which can effect the sort as well
That's just one log.
I look at between 30 to 200 of these a day, depending on log flow and how many scalers are in the yard and "Luck of the Draw" which load is next in rotation.
That does not include the rest of the logs I scale in a day, as many as 2,000 plus sticks.
Nor does it include the different defects, mis-manufacture problems, wrong sorts on the loads, wrong ticket information, new sales without any information, etc.
I do the same for the White Fir as well.
The Ponderosa Pine's and Sugar Pine's have another set of rules.
As does the Incense cedar, Lodgepole Pine, Knobcone Pine, Jeffery Pine, etc.
We also break these sorts down by Diameter, 6" - 11", 12" - 16", 16" plus. Also by log Length, 9' - 25', 26' plus. Also by Butt Diameter, less then 29" or greater then 29". Also by percent of defect, 0% - 75%, greater then 75%.
All these sorts, species and lengths take a different deck code to be painted on the logs so they Shovel opt. can sort them for the right deck.
I have used as many as 15 cans of paint in a day. At $4 per can.
My day usually starts around 0500 hours and I hope to get back to my trailer by 1700 hours and wind down enough to get to sleep by 2200 hrs.
Later in the year, we will be getting busy and putting in long days so we enjoy the slack time while we can.
See reason why we need "Flashcards and cheatsheets" yet?
Now I hope you understand a little bit why I am looking for a cart instead of driving my Rice rocket.
I do all this everyday, no matter the weather, so in the winter months, I have rain gear or insulated coveralls on, rubber boots or leather boots on. I don't want to have to keep taking the raingear off to get into my ride to move to another log yard - as much as a mile apart so walking is out of the question as we make the trip several times a day - then putting my rigging back on then taking it off to move to another yard a hour or so later. I also have to pack a lot of paint with me and as yet, knock on wood, one of the cans has not exploded inside my ride as a couple other scalers have had happen. Makes the wives PO'ed to say the least.
Sorry for the long winded response but I was feeling verbose and was wanting to answer the question posted.
mjcromp wrote:Found a nice little suzuki something 4X4 like a grounds cart. out in enterprise.
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