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Bunking Solo

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As a driver, Dassow doesn't pound his forwarder; he eases. "I figure I have more time than money to replace stuff, so I don't like to beat it." He says the width (3.2 m with 28L ? 26 tires) gives the forwarder stability. "I used to have an Iron Mule, and that was a couple inches under 8', and boy that was a tippy little bugger. I'd get on a hill or a crater hole and one tire would drop in ... With this forwarder, I can just idle right through it. It's a great machine."Dassow doesn't have any plans to expand his operation. He's had problems with chainsaw subcontractors in the past. "I didn't get the quality I like, and a few told me they had insurance and then a month later I'd find out they didn't," he says. "And you can't afford to put them on payroll, because it costs too much with workman's comp, Social security, and you can't afford to pay them anything."About 65% of [Tim Jacobs]' logging jobs are on private land. In his situation, he has not had an issue with landowners' objecting to bringing a double bunk forwarder on their property. "If our Cat 550 or Fabtek 153 processor goes through, the forwarder will follow," he says. "If they cut straight enough trails, and the right operator is running the forwarder, we won't have a problem with the double bunk forwarder."

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