Autosteve Posted October 15, 2020 Author Share Posted October 15, 2020 Great news. Neighbour put in the track up the hill. This hill and the creek the bridge is going over are the only reasons I have not been able to drive a vehicle other than a quad to the back of the farm about 2.5kms away. There was a track here before but only suitable for quads and the quads were often sideways going up. The track was very much off camber. Now I can drive anything up it. http:// Back to the bridge. 2nd stage just about done and up to stage 3. Stage 1 was the bridge itself. http:// Knock over a couple of my several thousand trees. http:// And drag it down to the bridge site. 250mm in diameter and 4.2 meters long this one. http:// Cut it in to join to the existing main beam. Take half out of each log, line them up and pin them together. Putting 300mm screws in these and there's two pins. http:// 1st beam in and cutting in the 2nd. http:// Both beams in on the 3rd stage. The beams are 1300mm apart and the wheel base on the tractor is 1300mm. The 4 X 4 is 1420mm and anything else is to light to worry about on this bridge. The slabs that go over the bridge are 2400mm wide so you have 2400mm of bridge width to play with and the bridge length is just under 20 meters. http:// Back up the hill and cutting more slabs. These slabs will be 2400mm long, 230-280 wide and 2" think. Inches because Alaskan mills are US and that is what it's the depth guage is in. We set up in a site with a couple of suitable trees. Cut then in 2400mm sections and start making slabs. http:// Couple of hours later and we had 9 slabs from this site. Anything not used is firewood for next year and anything that isn't firewood gets burnt. Can't just leave this stuff on the ground or natural will burn it when it suits her and around here laterly it has been in summer on days you don't want to light a match. http:// Been using a different chainsaw chain this year. I had been using US made Carton or Oregon brands but the price has near doubled through CoVid so I'm trialing a new brand this year. AYAO brand. We worked out we have done 11 cuts, 2400mm long on this blade and it's still slabbing well and I haven't touch it with the file yet so pretty happy considering they were a little over half price of the old US made chains. Usually buy 10-15 chains a year for the mill and the main saw I use so it is a pretty good saving. Let's just hope they don't snap or I'll quickly be buying US made chains again. Finally bought myself a "Cant Hook" today. It's a tool that both rolls and lifts logs. You want to move logs like these around piss easy without getting a hernia like I did, ( twins this time) ðŸ˜¡, you get a Cant hook. Well that's about it. Until next time. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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