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Re: Husqvarna 254xp Poulan pro 325
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2018, 11:12:34 am »
Chips are still big as the pulp mill is still going, and I work at the sawmill in Ear Falls.
Rumours have been floating around for at least 6 months that Buchanan is trying to fire Hudson back up but I have yet to see anything there. Kenora just added a third shift, and Ignace and Atikokan are both running as well.
As for back home, when I left Timberjacks were just turning green and the bush was full of them. Skidders weren't a thing, forwarders on floatation tires were as the pulp and paper mill in Port Hawkesbury was still owned by Stora at that time, and Swedish forest management practices and low ground impact were the rule of the day.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to locate all of dad's saws, for Huskys I am still missing his 42 Special, 44 and 444. He didn't often hang onto saws after a season in the bush, they were usually pretty well toast. I remember one summer he burnt up 2 254's and replaced the third the next spring.
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Re: Husqvarna 254xp Poulan pro 325
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2018, 12:02:28 pm »
Art used to do pulp up in NS. Think he ran the same saws.  I will tag him and see if he shows up.  @Old Iron Logging
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2018, 12:52:21 pm »
Good to hear mills are still going there. Definitely no shortage of timber in NW Ontario.
Only pulp/paper mill still going in Manitoba is in The Pas. Still breaking new production records making their cement bag quality SPX Kraft paper.
Lumber division has been moth balled for 10 years now. I spent 30 years with the company. 20 logging, 10 grading lumber at the planer mill.
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Re: Husqvarna 254xp Poulan pro 325
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2018, 01:25:36 pm »
I graded in Hudson years back, swore I would never work in a sawmill again when I quit in 05. 12 years later I found myself piling 2x4's again... Now I'm lead hand in the planer. We are autograde so my crayon holder stays at home. I would rather be out in the bush, but I just haven't ever taken that step.

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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2018, 03:37:13 pm »
I graded in Hudson years back, swore I would never work in a sawmill again when I quit in 05. 12 years later I found myself piling 2x4's again... Now I'm lead hand in the planer. We are autograde so my crayon holder stays at home. I would rather be out in the bush, but I just haven't ever taken that step.
When I retired in 2004 I had already built up my present tree service company over the previous 10 years while grading.
We worked two 8 hour shifts Monday to Friday,  days and afternoons. Sitting in a grader's chair 8 hrs a day I had lots of energy left over to do treework before and after my shifts.

We had 5 graders on the grading table at all times sitting  before the computerized trim saws and bins. With 6 graders we would relieve each other for 10 minutes every hour. We shut down for two 10 minute coffee breaks and a 1/2 hour lunch break. Head planer man would go over the planer during each of the 3 breaks.
Good 8 hour day production in 2x4 was 50,000 studs to the bins and onto the rail cars. 8 to 16 ft structural from 40,000 to 30,000 pieces which run through MSR between planer and grading table.
We also did 2x6  and 2x10.

Sawmill, kilns, planer mill and shipping was all under one roof covering 11 acres.
We sent chips to the pulp mill , they sent us steam heat.
Whole complex was built in 1969-1971 . Pulp and paper still going today.
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Re: Husqvarna 254xp Poulan pro 325
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2018, 03:54:09 pm »
Hudson, as I have now learned is an animal all of its own. 3 planers, 2 trim boxes, 2 grading stations, one stacker for each line, plus they both fed to the piling chain and economy stacker. 10 hour Shift record when I left was 255,390 pieces on 2x4x8 Premium.
Grading, we had 2 graders on shift, you switched trim lines at breaks. Normally you graded the entire shift unless you were training someone. We won't talk about how great that was for my wrist...
There are 2 seperate sawmills on site, each capable of 1,000,000+ FBM per 10 hour shift.
I didn't realize just how massive that mill was until I started working at this one, where shift target is 350,000(65,000 pieces) and the current record since it started back up is 463,000(86,600 or thereabouts.) We are upgrading to a sorter and a hopefully better autograde system in the new year.

I have been tossing around the idea of starting to do tree work here, the market is here, and very much untapped. I am keeping pretty busy in my spare time just fixing saws, but I genuinely enjoy using them just as much.

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Re: Husqvarna 254xp Poulan pro 325
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2018, 04:42:08 pm »
Yup that's amazing production. Technology has improved so much since our "new " then equipment in 2004.
They(Tolko) were talking auto grade back then and production did raise significantly by 2008.
But flipping an marking 10,000 pieces by hand in a 8 hour shift was quite an amazing feat.
Yup running a tree service in a urban and cottage country environment can't be beat. I would never go back to the bush.
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