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Re: -36C ; a little chilly
« Reply #330 on: January 17, 2020, 06:15:07 AM »
It's the cold part of the year in central Ontario. -36 C (-34 ish F) kids thought it was the perfect morning to play in the snow as they waited for the bus...

You beat me.  :(  We're only at -6F/-14C.  lol.

The Good Newz here is extended time at temps this low kills the Spruce Beetles.  Perhaps we will get some new growth now of spruce.  Alaska has been devastated by the infestation.

Do you have a block heater on your car?

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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #331 on: January 17, 2020, 06:24:11 AM »
Nice!

But cold.

My son and his wife have been in from Chicago for several days...they don't get much vacation. Working their asses off to repay their student loans. They went down to the Big Bend of Texas for a few days of camping. The bears are making a comeback down there. Most bear habitat in Texas was. wiped out a hundred years ago or more.

It's a long ten hour drive south of here, but worth it. A good time of year when the heat is not an issue.

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Re: -36C ; a little chilly
« Reply #332 on: January 17, 2020, 07:40:48 AM »
It's the cold part of the year in central Ontario. -36 C (-34 ish F) kids thought it was the perfect morning to play in the snow as they waited for the bus...

You beat me.  :(  We're only at -6F/-14C.  lol.

The Good Newz here is extended time at temps this low kills the Spruce Beetles.  Perhaps we will get some new growth now of spruce.  Alaska has been devastated by the infestation.

Do you have a block heater on your car?

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There is a block heater in the explorer but I did not use it. I make sure the batteries are less than 3 yrs old and I use full synthetic oil. Since about 2000 the manufacturers are getting much better at cold starting. mostly its the computer controlled fuel injection I think. Kia had no problems either.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #333 on: January 17, 2020, 07:44:52 AM »
Nice!

But cold.

My son and his wife have been in from Chicago for several days...they don't get much vacation. Working their asses off to repay their student loans. They went down to the Big Bend of Texas for a few days of camping. The bears are making a comeback down there. Most bear habitat in Texas was. wiped out a hundred years ago or more.

It's a long ten hour drive south of here, but worth it. A good time of year when the heat is not an issue.


Interesting. That black bear head shape looks a little different then I'm used to. A very smart adaptive animal. I have not seen one since last winter when a mom and cub destroyed my composter and tore open my chicken coop. I moved it a good 100 ft away from the house since and installed better motion detector lights there and at the chicken coop... No problems since. Cheers,
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #334 on: June 11, 2020, 07:03:30 PM »
Wouldn't you know it the week after I move the inverter and batteries to the new property a massive thunderstorm knocks out power for so far 24 hours with estimates for repairs of 2 more days. . And we are supposed to go away this weekend.
I am nothing if not a pack rat so I had to break out an antique. A venerable trace 2512 approx 30 years old. Its coupled to two deep cycle marine batteries from my two tractors and charged by a 40 amp battery charger hooked to my small generator. The generator was too small to run the pump. The inverter has it's own charger which is plugged into the grid for when the power is restored and voila a 30 minute UPS with 2kw plus of storage... its ugly but it will work.
Uhg hopefully it holds together.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #335 on: June 11, 2020, 07:11:48 PM »
Wouldn't you know it the week after I move the inverter and batteries to the new property a massive thunderstorm knocks out power for so far 24 hours with estimates for repairs of 2 more days. . And we are supposed to go away this weekend.
I am nothing if not a pack rat so I had to break out an antique. A venerable trace 2512 approx 30 years old. Its coupled to two deep cycle marine batteries from my two tractors and charged by a 40 amp battery charger hooked to my small generator. The generator was too small to run the pump. The inverter has it's own charger which is plugged into the grid for when the power is restored and voila a 30 minute UPS with 2kw plus of storage... its ugly but it will work.
Uhg hopefully it holds together.
Cheers

I'll be talking about emergency backup systems in the broadcast on Saturday.

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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #336 on: June 11, 2020, 07:21:27 PM »
Wouldn't you know it the week after I move the inverter and batteries to the new property a massive thunderstorm knocks out power for so far 24 hours with estimates for repairs of 2 more days. . And we are supposed to go away this weekend.
I am nothing if not a pack rat so I had to break out an antique. A venerable trace 2512 approx 30 years old. Its coupled to two deep cycle marine batteries from my two tractors and charged by a 40 amp battery charger hooked to my small generator. The generator was too small to run the pump. The inverter has it's own charger which is plugged into the grid for when the power is restored and voila a 30 minute UPS with 2kw plus of storage... its ugly but it will work.
Uhg hopefully it holds together.
Cheers

I'll be talking about emergency backup systems in the broadcast on Saturday.

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If all goes well I should be installing a 3kw array on saturday at the new place.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #337 on: June 11, 2020, 07:25:19 PM »
Wouldn't you know it the week after I move the inverter and batteries to the new property a massive thunderstorm knocks out power for so far 24 hours with estimates for repairs of 2 more days. . And we are supposed to go away this weekend.
I am nothing if not a pack rat so I had to break out an antique. A venerable trace 2512 approx 30 years old. Its coupled to two deep cycle marine batteries from my two tractors and charged by a 40 amp battery charger hooked to my small generator. The generator was too small to run the pump. The inverter has it's own charger which is plugged into the grid for when the power is restored and voila a 30 minute UPS with 2kw plus of storage... its ugly but it will work.
Uhg hopefully it holds together.
Cheers

I'll be talking about emergency backup systems in the broadcast on Saturday.

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If all goes well I should be installing a 3kw array on saturday at the new place.

Make a video.  I'll edit it into the broadcast in post-production.

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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Reply #338 on: June 12, 2020, 06:17:42 AM »
Wouldn't you know it the week after I move the inverter and batteries to the new property a massive thunderstorm knocks out power for so far 24 hours with estimates for repairs of 2 more days. . And we are supposed to go away this weekend.
I am nothing if not a pack rat so I had to break out an antique. A venerable trace 2512 approx 30 years old. Its coupled to two deep cycle marine batteries from my two tractors and charged by a 40 amp battery charger hooked to my small generator. The generator was too small to run the pump. The inverter has it's own charger which is plugged into the grid for when the power is restored and voila a 30 minute UPS with 2kw plus of storage... its ugly but it will work.
Uhg hopefully it holds together.
Cheers
well it ran the fridge and started the pump all evening. Then ran the fridge all night. We are charging it up for the weekend away right now. It should stay on the whole time we are away. All and all I'm happy with my cobbled together with bailing twine system. I would not want to rely on it though. It is nice to see a piece of off grid gear that still works well after so long, it gives me some comfort in the durability of well built gear. The thing weighs a tonne with all that iron core and copper wire in the transformer.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world old tractor earning its keep
« Reply #339 on: March 17, 2021, 12:59:55 PM »
As work on the new house continues we started clearing some trees from the path the power line will take. Just to tell you how broke the utility is we were responsible for clearing about 12 big trees and some brush on the municipal right of way no freebies. The lowest quote we got was $3000. My partners dad and I should finish it tomorrow for about 4 gallons of gas... this tractor could run on charcoal but to be honest I used gas today. I'm a big believer in simpler machinery for the coming hard times. 70 years old, pulling about 1.5 tonnes of log... I have the deepest respect for the ax and hand saw crowd, copice woods horse loggers etc, but I do like machinery to get the big stuff done.
Cheers,  NF
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world old tractor earning its keep
« Reply #340 on: March 18, 2021, 09:57:20 AM »
As work on the new house continues we started clearing some trees from the path the power line will take. Just to tell you how broke the utility is we were responsible for clearing about 12 big trees and some brush on the municipal right of way no freebies. The lowest quote we got was $3000. My partners dad and I should finish it tomorrow for about 4 gallons of gas... this tractor could run on charcoal but to be honest I used gas today. I'm a big believer in simpler machinery for the coming hard times. 70 years old, pulling about 1.5 tonnes of log... I have the deepest respect for the ax and hand saw crowd, copice woods horse loggers etc, but I do like machinery to get the big stuff done.
Cheers,  NF

I saw the photo and thought, 'huh that's a big tree'. Then I watched the video and thought 'jeez louise that thing is friggen huge!!'. That's a pretty neat tractor, and all the more cooler in that it can run off charcoal. Never even knew about that process til I read your article on it from a few years back.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world old tractor earning its keep
« Reply #341 on: March 18, 2021, 11:32:55 AM »
As work on the new house continues we started clearing some trees from the path the power line will take. Just to tell you how broke the utility is we were responsible for clearing about 12 big trees and some brush on the municipal right of way no freebies. The lowest quote we got was $3000. My partners dad and I should finish it tomorrow for about 4 gallons of gas... this tractor could run on charcoal but to be honest I used gas today. I'm a big believer in simpler machinery for the coming hard times. 70 years old, pulling about 1.5 tonnes of log... I have the deepest respect for the ax and hand saw crowd, copice woods horse loggers etc, but I do like machinery to get the big stuff done.
Cheers,  NF

I saw the photo and thought, 'huh that's a big tree'. Then I watched the video and thought 'jeez louise that thing is friggen huge!!'. That's a pretty neat tractor, and all the more cooler in that it can run off charcoal. Never even knew about that process til I read your article on it from a few years back.
Two different trees, both huge. The one in the video was a cedar and that is the entire tree. The one in the picture is a hard maple. We had to cut the crown into 3 pieces and drag the trunk seperately; no video there I had to concentrate 32 inches at the stump; a monster for these parts. Luckily my partner's dad is a really good logger. The trunk is probably going to a relative who will saw it up. All the hardwood I'll cut up for firewood and sell some to the neighbour.
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Re: Machinery for a post collapse world old tractor earning its keep
« Reply #342 on: March 18, 2021, 02:56:58 PM »
As work on the new house continues we started clearing some trees from the path the power line will take. Just to tell you how broke the utility is we were responsible for clearing about 12 big trees and some brush on the municipal right of way no freebies. The lowest quote we got was $3000. My partners dad and I should finish it tomorrow for about 4 gallons of gas... this tractor could run on charcoal but to be honest I used gas today. I'm a big believer in simpler machinery for the coming hard times. 70 years old, pulling about 1.5 tonnes of log... I have the deepest respect for the ax and hand saw crowd, copice woods horse loggers etc, but I do like machinery to get the big stuff done.
Cheers,  NF

I saw the photo and thought, 'huh that's a big tree'. Then I watched the video and thought 'jeez louise that thing is friggen huge!!'. That's a pretty neat tractor, and all the more cooler in that it can run off charcoal. Never even knew about that process til I read your article on it from a few years back.
Two different trees, both huge. The one in the video was a cedar and that is the entire tree. The one in the picture is a hard maple. We had to cut the crown into 3 pieces and drag the trunk seperately; no video there I had to concentrate 32 inches at the stump; a monster for these parts. Luckily my partner's dad is a really good logger. The trunk is probably going to a relative who will saw it up. All the hardwood I'll cut up for firewood and sell some to the neighbour.

I just measured 32" in front of me and yeah that's a big one. Enjoy the nice firewood you'll get out of it.
As this world disintegrates, do what you can to help build what comes next.

 

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