Photos: Loggers clearing land in Northfield are a cut above

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  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing sits in his feller buncher as he waits for the tree cutting machine to warm up in freezing weather on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, a motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Some of trees that Hank Thomas and his son, Nick of H. E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing have brought down while clearing an eight acre piece of land in Northfield. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing uses a feller buncher to cut down a 100-foot high pine tree as his son, Nick uses a chainsaw to help fell the tree on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where the pair is clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing warms up his feller buncher to cut down a tree on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. The machine had to be warmed up in the cold weather. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Nick Thomas uses a chain saw to cut down a tree Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his father, Hank of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing. The pair were clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. Nick is a fifth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Logs and branches are stacked up where Hank Thomas and his son, Nick are clearing a piece of land in Northfield. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing uses a feller buncher to cut down a tree on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where the pair are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, a motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing warms up his feller buncher before cutting  down trees on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. Thomas had to warm up the machine, making sure the hydraulics were functioning. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H. E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing closes the door on his feller buncher on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 as he prepares to cut down trees on a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H. E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing gets ready to board a feller buncher to cut down a tree on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Nick Thomas of H. E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing gets ready to work on downing trees on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. Thomas is a fifth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H. E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing closes the door on his feller buncher as he prepares to cut down trees on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing uses a feller buncher to grab a tree he cut down on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A stump is all that is left on a cleared out space where Hank Thomas and his son, Nick are clearing out a space for a future golf range in Northfield. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Nick Thomas directs his father, Hank, as he operates a feller buncher to cut down a tree Wednesday in Northfield where he and his father are clearing a swath of land to be used for a golf driving range. Nick is a fifth generation logger. Nick wanted his father to grab the upper trunk with the machine while he used a chainsaw to cut it down. More photos on Page A3. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing uses a feller buncher to cut down a tree on the path a plot of land where he and his son, Nick are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Nick Thomas directs his father, Hank as he operates a feller buncher to cut down a tree Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his father, Hank of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing pair are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. Nick is a fifth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing uses a feller buncher hold the trunk of a pine tree as his son, Nick uses a chainsaw to help fell the tree on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where the pair is clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it.  GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Nick Thomas cleans up a stump after cutting down a tree Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his father, Hank of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing pair are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. Nick is a fifth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hank Thomas of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing uses a feller buncher to hold the trunk of a pine tree as his son, Nick uses a chainsaw to help fell the tree on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where the pair is clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. A feller buncher is a type of harvester used in logging, motorized vehicle with a saw attachment that can rapidly gather and cut a tree before felling it. Thomas is a fourth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Nick Thomas walks with his chainsaw after cutting down a tree Wednesday, January 12, 2022 on a plot of land where he and his father, Hank of H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing pair are clearing a swath of land 1,500 feet by 250 feet in Northfield. Nick is a fifth generation logger. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Published: 1/17/2022 3:57:15 PM

The temperature was in the single digits as Hank Thomas and his son, Nick, deliberately walked around the piles of felled logs and branches to warm up the logging equipment. Hank climbed into the log cutter with the funny name — a Feller Buncher — as Nick warmed up the skidder. Once the engines warmed, the pair from H.E. Thomas Logging and Landclearing headed to the partially cleared piece of land that one day will be a golf driving range to fell more trees last week. The fourth and fifth-generation loggers can do more with a feller buncher and skidder than a group of loggers could do just a generation ago. The feller buncher can grab the trunk of a tree, cut it with a 20-inch blade and carry it to a skidder, where it can be piled up and eventually cut with a giant band saw. 




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