Logging and Forestry Equipment Information

Logging equipmentLogging and forestry equipment are pieces of heavy equipment that harvest trees.
 

Applications

Applications for logging and forestry equipment include forestry management and arboriculture. They are often used with lumber and sawmill equipment.
  

Operation 

  
The primary function of logging and forestry equipment is to harvest trees. There are five operations during the harvesting process. They include felling, extraction, processing, loading and transportation. These pieces of equipment rely on large diesel engines and hydraulic systems to build and maintain all tasks for forestry applications. 
 

Types 

There are multiples types of logging and forestry equipment.
 
  • Chip trucks are truck and trailer combinations used in the transportation of wood chips.
  • Chippers grind trees and limbs to wood chips.
  • Delimbers remove branches and limbs from trees. Types include gate, pull-through and flail delimbers.
  • Feller bunchers are logging harvesters with a cutting attachment that holds, cuts and then places the stem on the ground.
  • Forwarders extract cut stems.
  • Harvesters cut and process stems.
  • Knuckleboom loaders are used to load stems onto trucks.
  • Loaders can be wheeled or tracked equipment used to load/stack logs.  
  • Log trucks are truck and trailer combinations used in the transportation of logs.
  • Mulchers, also known as masticators or brushcutters, grind vegetation into mulch.
  • Skidders drag trees from their cut location to the loading location.

Configurations

 
Logging and forestry equipment are made of powerful, rugged systems capable of functioning in various weather conditions. Logging and forestry equipment are tracked, providing stability, or wheeled, providing speed, during operation. 
 

Specifications 

 
The following specifications determine the functionality of logging and forestry equipment.
 
  • Gross power: The gross power of the equipment is the amount of power the engine can produce. 
  • Operating weight: The operating weight of the equipment is the total weight of the equipment without a load.

Related Information

Engineering360—Use of LIDAR in Forestry Applications

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