At Wood Beaver Forestry, when we talk about a cord of wood, we talk about 4’ x 4’ x 8’ – 128 cubic feet, which is about the only “standard” measurement in the industry.
Depending where in the country you are (and sometimes very locally) you may talk about face cords, ricks, loose cords, stacked cords, loggers cords, pulp cords… And they don’t mean the same thing everywhere.
That’s why we choose to talk about full cords and leave the rest of the jargon.
We offer cords per hour estimates based on actual production on our woodlot.
We use operators with a small amount of experience, working at a steady pace, and “average” wood (twists and knots are normal for you, so they are normal for us) that has diameters near the maximum limits of the machine.
Your results may vary based on your specific wood, diameters and operator speed/skill.
We gathered the most often asked questions we here on this page.
I want a circular saw, but you only use chains, why? Answer
There are two reasons really, cost and safety. From a cost standpoint, chains are not only readily available, but are general between $20-50. A circular saw not only has a many thousand dollar initial cost, but if it needs replacement, count on downtime. From a safety angle, there is a reason that circular saws all put an inch of Lexan between the operator and the saw – if it hits something in the log a carbide can leave – but that doesn’t help the other people working in the area. If there is an issue with chain, it falls limp. Yes, with chains you have to change/sharpen them more frequently. Remember, firewood is “cull wood” – ultimately, most of your firewood is the wood that no one wants. While we all try be cautious about the wood we feed in, things get by. Most firewood operations don’t have metal detectors to avoid things hidden in the log. Would you rather hurt a $20 chain or a $5,000 circular saw?
Circular saws cut so fast, won’t that speed production? Answer
Well, it will speed up the cutting process – however, there is more to processing firewood than making a cut. If you can cut in 1 second, but it takes 6-7 seconds to split, you still have to wait for the splitter to make its round trip. Our processors are designed to operate at similar speeds – a 3.5-4 second split meets a 3-4 second cut, making processing as fast as possible.
Can that in feed belt take the beating like a chain in feed? Answer
The belt is mill grade and designed for our processors, so yes, it can take a beating. Sure, a chain can move a log forward, when the hooks catch on something. When a log lands on our belt a million little finger grab it, it moves. Simple. Positive. The belt doesn’t care if the log is straight or ugly, if it is on the belt, it will move. And, you can move the log backward out of the way if you need to.
Why a gravity feed chain oiler? Answer
Like everything we do, simplicity. Gravity always acts the same. Nothing to go wrong. And, we use a separate tank for bar and chain oil, why would you use the most important fluid (hydraulic) in the machine to oil your chain? We prefer to use the right oil for the right operation, the one formulated for the purpose, to maximize the bar and chain life cycles.
What is the advantage of EZ controls on the saw and wedge? Answer
Hydraulic EZ controls keep the operators hands on the control panel. Instead of reaching up for a pulldown bar on the saw, you move a joystick. Instead of stepping over to make a manual adjustment on the wedge, the joystick is right there. Keeping the operator at the controls improves production.
I see your 16” machines all use the same bodies and options, can I upgrade my Lil Beaver 16 to a 16 Bad A** Beaver down the line? Answer
Well, the answer is yes and no. Can you? Yes. Would it be a wise choice? No. Ultimately, because of the differences in the hydraulic systems and engines, it would require almost complete disassembly and replacement. That would make it something that could be done, but not very cost effectively. A better option would be to trade it in on a new machine. Not only does that take all the fuss out of it, you have no down time and your new machine will have all the newest updates.
Can I put a .404 chain on my Model 16? Answer
The model 16 is designed to run a 3/8” chain. The saw motor and hydraulic system are all set up for this chain. And because of this, it cuts much quicker than a 3/8” chain on a chainsaw. That said, a .404 can be installed on the 16, you just won’t see a dramatic difference in cutting speed, but there will be a gain in normal chain life and wear. Our Bad A** Beaver line uses a high performance Parker VOAC bent axis piston motor running at higher RPMs to take advantage of the aggressive profile on a .404.
What is powdercoat and why is it better than paint? Answer
The quality of powder coating really starts in the cleaning process. Most products that are wet sprayed get cleaned by hand – wiped down. Powder coated parts are cleaned with a high pressure, high temp wash, rinsed, then coated with a zinc phosphate to improve adhesion. Powdercoat is applied dry. Using electrical charges to attract and hold it to the metal, it is blown onto the parts, then baked in an oven – the baking process melts the particles allowing them to flow and bond to each other and the metal surface. The heat changes the molecular structure, so that when it is cooled, it ends up being many times harder and considerably more durable than a wet sprayed finish. In our application, it is typically 10 times thicker than wet paint. Powder coat does not peel – if you manage to scratch it and don’t touch it up, you will end up (long-term) with a scratch with rust in it – no peeling, no flaking. It also is non-flammable, is non-carcinogenic, and has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), making it safer for the environment.
How do I choose the best machine for me? Answer
That’s always a tough one, because there are so many variables. However, these are some guidelines we apply when discussing your options:
- How many cords do you cut annually? In the 16” line, if you are under 200 cord, a Lil Beaver is probably right. 100-500 cord, the 16 is generally the best choice. Get over 400 and it’s time to start thinking about a Bad A** Beaver. On the flip side, we have people doing 10 cords annual on BABs and Lil Beavers doing 1,000 plus cords. In the end, there is a balance between dollars spent and time saved that is a little different for everyone.
Size of wood – if the lion’s share stays under 13”, the Lil Beaver 13 is your game. Most under 16”, any of the 16 machines are in your wheelhouse. Through 20” or slightly larger, the 20 BAB. All of the machines will cut a little above the rated size to allow for the “uglies” that every log seems to have.
The newest series – 18 – bridges the gap between the 16 and 20, by getting you almost to 20” maximum diameters.
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