Branson Landing Logs Hauling Photos

Given the quantity and size of the logs purchased, we decided that it would be best to hire professional log hauling contractors to transport the logs from the Branson Landing on the Taneycomo Lakefront to our Design Studio located in Lampe, MO.  The distance is approximately 30 miles one way.  It took seven loads via full sized "picker" trucks to haul approximately 30,000 to 35,000 board feet of logs.  Lining up contractors that would haul for us was the biggest challenge.  It took nearly two weeks to find one that would.  The first load was hauled on July 6, 2004 and after all the break downs, repairs and rescheduling, the last load was hauled on August 16, 2004.

On the first load of logs brought to the storage yard at our Design Studio the main hydraulic pump shaft sheered on the "picker" due to the weight of the logs.  The truck sat for approximately a week waiting on parts and the operator to return and repair the truck.  After the repair of the truck the owner indicated that he would return with two trucks to load and unload due to the size and weight of the logs.  He also indicated that it could be a couple of weeks before he could get back to us due to contract obligations with the mill.  

Upon receiving this information, we hired another hauling contractor to fill in as we did not want to wait two weeks to haul the logs.  After a week of calling and arranging a new hauling contractor we convinced one to haul for us.  The second contractor hauled two loads with his truck.   Near the end of unloading the second load of logs the hydraulic system on the truck began to leak profusely.  It appeared we would again be postponed due to mechanical failure.  One of the main seals on the hydraulic pump had failed and the main drive shaft would not disengage.  This would be the last time we would see this hauling contractor as he also had pressing obligations to haul for the mill.

Over a month after the first load was hauled the original hauling contractor returned with two "picker" trucks to complete the hauling.  After two trips with both trucks, loaded full, we finally had almost all of the logs in the front storage yard at our Design Studio.  The loading and unloading went without incident on these four loads even though some of the logs had to be loaded using both "pickers" at the same time.  Unloading was much easier for the "pickers" on these large logs as they could simply be pulled off the side of the truck once they had removed the "bunks" (steel uprights that hold the logs on the truck and trailer).

Two huge cottonwood logs were left at the Branson Landing due to size and weight.  There were also logistical problems with getting both "pickers" in proper position to lift them.  Just as well, both trucks would be required to make an additional trip for the sole purpose of hauling these two logs.  This would not be cost effective.  We would later mill both of these logs on site using a two-man chain saw with an Alaskan Mill attachment.  Visit the Sawing & Processing Gallery to see how these huge trees are milled into slabs.

Below are a few select photos with descriptions of the hauling process required to transport the Branson Landing Logs to our Design Studio.

Loading big sycamore log sections at the Branson Landing.  The engine for the Branson Scenic Railway can be seen in the background. Both "picker" trucks loading some of the smaller logs at the Branson Landing site.


Double teaming one of the larger sycamore logs.  The weight was too great for one "picker" to lift the log over the side "bunks". The same sycamore log as in the photo to the left being drug off of the side of the truck.  This section of trunk measures about 9' long x 60" in diameter at the small end.


Unloading back at the Design Studio.  The logs are being stacked in double rows one or two logs high for ease of handling with our fork lift. An average sycamore log being unloaded.  This would be the end of the hauling once the trucks were unloaded.
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