Forest Logging Machines to Cut Down Trees
Logging and forestry equipment is designed with extra safety precautions to protect the operator from falling objects, breaking cables and tree limbs. Both logging and forestry machines usually have raised cabs to provide plenty of clearance when moving over the forest floor and additional windows for increased visibility. The chassis has been reinforced to accommodate extra-heavy loads.
Examples of forestry and logging equipment include:
- Feller Bunchers
- Logging trucks
My Little Salesman lists tracked and wheeled logging and forestry machines that can reliably organize, transport and process saw logs, full trees, pulpwood, fuelwood and other various forest materials. Whether you are thinning, clearcutting, or operating in the forest for any other reason, you can always rely on our expert listings at My Little Salesman for your logging and forestry equipment needs.
Choosing the Right Forestry & Logging Equipment for Sale
There are many different logging and forestry machines to choose from, but keep these factors in mind:
- Forest Characteristics – The forest itself will largely determine your equipment . . .
- Stand Density – This is how many trees are growing together in a given area. Some machines are slower and work better in denser forests, and other machines can speedily get from place to place in forests with low density levels.
- Tree Size – Larger trees are going to require larger equipment for processing and transporting.
- Soil Condition – Loose soil and mud means that tracked machines are required. However, tracked machines cause more soil displacement than wheeled ones.
- Slopes – Tracked machines are much more effective at traversing slopes than wheeled machines, though extremely steep slopes will cause an engine to fail no matter what and may require cable yarders instead.
- Footprint – Lighter equipment will cause less damage to the forest floor. When logging, forwarders cause less damage because they completely lift the log off the ground (unlike skidders, which drag the logs across the forest floor).
- Heavy Duty Chassis Type – This base frame will determine the type of machine you are operating.
- Swing Machines – Otherwise known as an “excavator base”, the chassis is mounted to a rotating bearing and gear, and contains an engine, cab and boom arm. This allows for full 360-degree maneuverability. In addition, zero tail-swing keeps the machine from making contact with other trees nearby.
- Articulated Chassis – The chassis has a flexible joint that allows it to bend in the middle for easily navigating dense forests. This design is popular for wheeled drive loaders, skidders, harvesters, forwarders, wheeled feller bunchers and clambunk skidders because it gives increased maneuverability and a tighter turning radius.
- Crawler Chassis – This tracked design puts the cab and the engine in the center of the frame in between the tracks, giving them a low center of gravity for added stability when navigating extremely steep slopes.
When Buying Used Forestry Logging Equipment
Be sure to check for any excessive dents, welds or cracks – especially in the boom arm (if applicable). Try to match the wear-and-tear with the paperwork, if possible, and see if the odometer accurately reflects the amount of use put on the equipment.