Tree Cutter [scratch build]

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Project by hunter71 posted 02-21-2013 11:37 AM 2385 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The property bordering ours is being timbered and that gave me a chance to view up close the powerful equipment used in logging today. With a model at my everyday disposal, I set out to build the first of a series of tree harvest equipment. I will build, the Feller/Buncher first. These are not glamorous pieces of equipment but they represent an industry that is overlooked in model building. The operation is simple. you drive up to a tree, clamp your arms around it, cut it, pick it up and carry it to a pile of 4-5 others and lay it down. The skidder comes and drags the huge pile of trees to the yarder where the limbs are stripped and another pile of logs are made awaiting trucks to haul them to a mill. My tree cutter articulates. The head raises and lowers and tips forward also the cutting wheel spins. Cab is as detailed as a real one and there is even a CAT engine in the compartment. I made up the diorama to show the cutter in action as this is not something everyone has a chance to see up close everyday. Oh, those wheels, I thought my wheel jig would make any wheels and tires I would ever need, guess what, I have made another wheel jig now. Built from Yellow Heart, White Oak and Walnut. Comments welcome. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 11:47 AM

Doug great model very realistic cant wait to see the others when you have made them

-- robert dignam

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 11:49 AM

Very creative and good work!

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 11:53 AM

Awesome job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 11:59 AM

Nice scratch build Doug.
Good job on the staging too!
I had to do a double take on first look, I thought it was the real thing.
These machines are so interesting. Especially the ones that cut and debark the tree.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 12:09 PM

It is great to see different models. You have done a great job on this one. I also think the idea of the way you have photographed this makes it stand out. Well done on both counts

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 12:47 PM

Doug you ain’t nuttin but tha truth ole man. Great job on the feller/buncher. The pic are almost like being there.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 12:57 PM

Very Nice, My son loves there type projects!! He’s 11!!
Great Job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 01:21 PM

Very nice detail you have there. I love these wooden models everyone has posted.

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 02:33 PM

Nice work Doug!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-21-2013 03:44 PM

Doug, your wood models are totally incredible.

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#11 posted 02-21-2013 03:58 PM

Really like real one. Well done.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#12 posted 02-21-2013 04:36 PM

Nice work. I am curiously to your wheel jig.
I don,t know this machine and in my first look to me it is like a jail on wheels :)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#13 posted 02-21-2013 04:38 PM

Nice job hunter what brand is it .my sonienlaw has ponzes they look all together different.I got all the pictures ,now I have to get started,again
Nice Job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#14 posted 02-21-2013 04:55 PM

Your replicas are most wonderful. Beautiful work.

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#15 posted 02-21-2013 05:18 PM

I Bet you do NOT even want to know how much time you spent making that!


-- just rjR

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