The males who created the spectacular clearing process and are working with it to snag down timber around the steep mountain slopes and valley floor of the Flathead River's south fork, are Wixson and Trisdale, commercial contractors of Redding, Calif.

Basically, the giant ball is actually a refinement on a different new clearing process used in 1951 by the two contractors, in which pairs of diesel tractors are made use of to drag up to 400 feet of 2-inch wire cable via the timbered areas, snagging down all the trees and brush caught in cable loop.

Working largely in burned over places, the contractors 'found the cable snagging system so efficient that they have been able to comprehensive about 95 percent of their joint contract for clearing 7,210 acres of land. Nonetheless, land to become cleared beneath new contracts-6,840 to Wixson and 7,855 acres to Trisdale-was largely in logged more than regions. Recognizing that the cable would have a tendency to hang up on the stumps left by the loggers, Wixson and Trisdale came up with all the idea of employing the 8-foot diameter steel balls to maintain the cable high enough above the ground to stop snagging on stumps .

Working on pretty level ground below excellent situations, a single pair of tractors pulling only 1 ball snagged down all the trees on a heavily timbered region of practically 200 acres in 4 hours. Typical everyday production for a single pair of tractors and one ball operating under varying circumstances, like steep hillsides and marshy ground, has been close to 100 acres per 8-hour shift.

A contributing aspect for the success in the new strategy has been the usage of winches around the tractors. By utilizing up to 900 feet of 1-1/4-inch cable on special winches on every single tractor, the two tractor operators are able to circle a sizable stand of timber and reel out a total of 1,800 feet of cable as they bulldoze their way by way of the woods.

When the operators reach the end in the cable on their winches, they anchor the tractors against trees or stumps and get started reeling the cable in on the two winches. As the cable and ball crash by way of the timber all the trees caught within the loop of cable are uprooted and felled.

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Crashing by way of an region to be cleared breitling replika , these giant steel balls can topple timber like tenpins-at 50 acres an hour breitling replica watches .


SCORES of instances every single day in an region near Hungry Horse omega replica watches , Montana, a man-made hurricane takes location. Hurtling through heavy timber with relentless force in addition to a crash heard for miles, a giant steel ball, as massive as a garage, snaps trees two feet thick as very easily as if they had been match sticks. Known as the "ball that saves millions," this is a revolutionary method for clearing timber in record-breaking time and far more affordable on a large scale, than something else ever known. The ball, perfect replica watches weighing 4-1/2 tons, and measuring eight feet in diameter, is pulled by way of the timber by two powerful diesel tractors traveling many hundred feet apart. Two, 3 and often additional trees are grabbed and "bitten" by a tenacious loop of cable . Within a matter of seconds they are either uprooted or broken off. The ball rolls on a 6-inch shaft and in- I creases the efficiency of your snagging operation by maintaining the cable around four feet off the ground, thereby stopping hangups on stumps and providing superior leverage in pulling down trees.

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