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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    18 Minutes Ago
    Mick! replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    Ok, I'm convinced, I'll get one in a few months when the dust has settled on my account. Thanks for the pics and explanations.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    36 Minutes Ago
    I've always respected the bossman who took care of their employee's lunch. On the other hand, I have NO respect for employees who expect them to do that.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    48 Minutes Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Bid two jobs, got D some craft stuff, had dinner with D and her mom. Chilling out in the heat. First real day of minimal work in over two weeks I think. Stopped by the rec pot shop, got a little of this and that. About to watch some Netflix. So I used to work with Juvenile Delinquients, 'Hoods in the Woods' a la Outward Bound, but for thugs instead of middle class white kids. I've been watching the prison documentaries on Netflix. They have "Store", the commissary. I was thinking of getting a coffee pot, microwave and mini-fridge for the shop. No loss in caffeinating your employees. I was thinking of having an Employee "Store". Stock it with non-perishables, and maybe something longlasting in the fridge or freezer, like breakfast and other burritos. If they want to get some food at work, rather than at a gas station/ fast food on the way (my regular employee come eating McD every morning with two cups of McCoffee), just put in the right number of dollars or an IOU. Make it easy on them. Make it easy on me that the guys aren't running out of energy because I don't stop at the store predictably during the day, or they forgot their lunch, or didn't have cash on hand. Maybe get a coffee maker that pours into a coffee-tight thermal carafe/ pot instead of glass. Take it on the road.
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    51 Minutes Ago
    No, you have to restrain them Butch. Either with wrestlers or using a calf table like we do now. We brand, castrate, and vaccinate all at the same time. I used to help a friend cut hogs every year. All different sizes. The little ones you hold over a panel. The big ones you flip on their backs and sit on their chest and pull the back legs towards you. The medium sized ones you just struggle with.
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    55 Minutes Ago
    Yep. Thats right Sean. Lamb nuts are hard to grab and cut off. I guess thats why they bite them off. Father in law used to use a hot iron to dock the lambs. Now they use rubber rings. If you use a hot iron you can then eat the lamb tails.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    57 Minutes Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The biting off is much less traumatic that the rubber ring, evidently. Somehow I was watching something on the internet. I think it was Dirty Jobs/ Mike Rowe TED talk (posted on TH, IIRC).
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    58 Minutes Ago
    Hogs you had to grab and hold. My cousin also 12 years old would grab the hind legs of the young pigs and hold them and flip them over so my uncle could expose the nutsack and do his deed
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Nah...cool that you know so much about it. I was about 12 when I watched my uncle castrate hogs...shoats they called them. Very much like you describe. I remember seeing the other hogs eat the cast off nuts.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Do they just stand there and let you do that???
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Oh, I cut for years and years, and was one of the best around. Grandpa taught me how. There is a kind of "class" system to a branding. The lowest rank worker is the calf wrestler. Then you step up to vaccination man.....which is actually hard work. After than you can either learn to cut or you can try to get someone to let you brand. Generally the owner brands...or if he trusts you, he might let you brand. Its kind of a big deal! But, a good cutter is in high demand. Years ago we used to have to carry a bucket around to throw the nuts into......always ate them after the branding. Bread them and fry them in oil like a chicken fried steak. No, there is no certification. You just listen to the old timers and watch how they do it. Lots of different ways of going about cutting calves, but I was taught to cut the lower third of the sack off after wetting down the area with antiseptic. Once the bottom of the sack is off you grab a nut and pull it out with one hand while pinching the cord between two fingers. With your two fingers you kind of strip the flesh away from the tube while you pull the nut with the other hand. Once the tube is skinned you cut it and grab the other nut and do the same thing. Once both nuts are out you stick your bottle of antiseptic up there and give a big squeeze. Best way I know how. Cutting hogs is a little different. The sack does not hang down so you just slit the skin and pull the nut out. Cutting lambs is similar to calves, just smaller nuts. The old timers pull the lamb nuts out with their teeth. True story. I suppose that is WAY more than anyone wanted to know about cutting calves!
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Digging it!
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Poor gal could have been off her meds or something. I woulda hauled ass (or subdued her) toot sweet.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I wore tank tops and sleeveless shirts up into my 40's. What a maroon! I have crap growing all over my arms, especially the (window) left arm.
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    sotc replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    I agree, both would be nice. I need to get a rock /root rake with top clamp as well
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Yea, if you need to do it enough. Is there some sort of certification involved?
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    What? Be a cutter?
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Back from Walkabout?
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    You can't learn to do it yourself?
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Sometimes, but not often. No real major arteries or veins in a nut. Unless you get a Texan to cut.......then any damn thing can happen. Usually infection, or sometimes the sack does not stay open for drainage. It will seal up and cause trouble. We switched to rubber rings a while ago just because it is a bit faster and it was getting hard to find a good cutter. I had a guy trained up and he was an excellent castrator, but he moved away. All the old timers got too old. The rubber rings are not fool proof though. Still can lose a calf to infection. Lots of times people will give a shot of tetanus when they band. Its hard to believe but rubber rings are no less stressful than cutting calves with a knife.
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Licensed Timber Operator. We need it for the permitting process and if we sell the wood or wood product.
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  • treebilly's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    Also you'll have to pick which machine. The bobcat mt has a different mounting plate than the toro. I ran a mt 85(?) this winter and wasn't overly impressed, but I never got to put it head to head with the Vermeer. One benefit of the bobcat is you can hook up to most standard skid steer attachments. I hooked it up to the power broom at work and cleaned the shop floor one morning. It also had enough ass to load the rockhound onto a trailer.
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  • treebilly's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    A bucket or root rake grapple is great when you have wide openings to get through or a lot of smallish brush latex out every which way. They are a bit trickier to load a chipper with and like Paul said you are limited to you narrowest opening. I load higher than the actual lift hieght by doing what Willie said. I can't reach over my sides on the trailer but I've loaded logs clear up to the top with it. Best option is to have both. Still working on the root rake grapple. Gotta find time to research them.
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  • cory's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    cory replied to a thread Songs I Like in MBTV
    God's Country. Did you listen? Probably its a like it or despise it thing.
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  • cory's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Wow, Dark, long time no see.
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