Logging Trucks for Hauling Logs
Also known as a lumber truck, logging trucks are specialized 18-wheeled semi-tractors that are specifically designed for hauling trees. They can be used for off-road or highway transportation of logs that are up to 80-feet long, though 42 feet is the length of an average log. Most logging trucks can transport an average load of 80,000 pounds, depending on how many axles the truck has.
My Little Salesman understands that logging trucks form the backbone of any forestry operation. Whether you need modern self-loading logging trucks or reliable used logging trucks, My Little Salesman always lists the right piece of forestry equipment for sale to fit your needs.
Why Are Logging Trucks Necessary?
Regular commercial trucks will quickly breakdown under the immense and inflexible weight of logs, which puts more stress on a truck than almost any other type of cargo. Aside from having reinforced trailers with other necessary safety measures, logging trucks also have better cooling systems than commercial trucks, and they are built lower to the ground to provide better clearance.
Self-Loader Log Trucks
A self-loader log truck can load its trailer without the assistance of other forestry equipment (such as an excavator). Instead, the driver loads the trucks by operating a boom arm with a hydraulic grapple. Like most ordinary logging trucks, self-loading trucks can travel along highways and on roads that are narrow, have sharp turns, or are not paved.
Logging Trucks and Suspension Systems
Logging trucks for sale have two types of suspensions:
- Air Suspension - These small airbags, made of inflated rubber and polyurethane, cost more and wear down easier, but provide a smoother ride on unpaved and off-road surfaces.
- Leaf Suspension - These coiled suspension systems are far easier to repair and last longer than air suspension systems. However, they make for a bumpier ride and take longer when turning corners, which can add time to deliveries.
What to Check When Buying a Used Logging Truck
Always check for the following first:
- Leaks in the undercarriage
- Abnormal engine noise
- Bad electrical connections in the front of the trailer