Dolbeer Vertical Spool

Donkey, Marschutz and Cantrell, Vertical Spool, Steam

John Dolbeer of Eureka, California changed logging forever in 1883 when he patented the first spool donkey. These simple, rugged machines were seen for decades in the woods, long after the arrival of more powerful and expensive steam yarders and skidders.

Donkey, Murray Brothers Vertical Spool Steam

Murray Brothers Machine Works of San Francisco was one of the early manufacturers of Dolbeer patent spool donkeys, using one of John Dolbeer's designs of steam logging machinery from 1883. The Dolbeer Spool Donkey was the fIrst steam machinery used in the woods.

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