Skidders are used in forestry to drag the trees that have been felled to the landing where they can be delimbed and cut to length and put on a truck for transportation to a saw or paper mill. The forest is a tricky environment where driving any type of vehicle will be very challenging. In additions a full tree is extremely heavy, so you need massive equipment to be able to withstand the loads of the trees and forestry tires that can withstand the combined load and to have the traction to be able to drag the trees to the landing.
As you can imagine there is a lot that these forest tires have to withstand.
They are not only challenged by the slippery stones and steep hills, but also
by sharp rocks and stubs that easily can damage the most durable tires. Then
you have the heavy loads combined with having to drag a tree through this rough
terrain, without loosing any grip. As you can see there are easily a lot of
things that can go wrong. To improve the grip you can use over the tire tracks
or chains in addition that the skidder tires are designed for
ultimate grip in the forest with a tread design that has been optimized to deal
with these conditions. To withstand the load and impacts, very durable rubber
compound is used. They are reinforced to prevent cut and cracks.
Avoiding problems in the forest either if it is equipment
failure or tire failure should be a key focus. It becomes very costly if you
have unscheduled maintenance and if it happens deep in the forest it can be
very costly and time consuming. The best ways to avoid problems is to invest in
high quality equipment and tires and make sure that the maintenance is adequate
and of high class. Identifying problems before they grow into failures can save
a lot of money, so it should be done on a regular basis. Easy steps like daily
cleaning of the equipment and tires can easily reveal any minor damages. If you
notice some problems make sure to address them immediately.
By having the right foundation for a successful operation
and the right processes in place will make the work smoother and more
productive, with less downtime.
Forest work will always involve harsh environment and conditions. So you will need both to have state of the art equipment that will not break down in the middle of the forest and combine that with ultra durable forest tires that will ensure that you don’t get stuck or have tire problems. If you get stuck you will need another machine that is able to pull you loose, which puts even more pressure on that machine’s tires to have sufficient grip for this, this is why you need proper forest tires so that you will have sufficient trip and traction for the conditions that you will work in.
In the forest you will face slippery rocks and hills covered in moss making them very slippery, this is why you will need tires that can also use tracks or chains to increase the grip when needed. Regardless if you need skidder tires or harvester tires, you will need them to be extremely durable, so that they don’t cut or crack under the pressure of the heavy loads or the steel fortified carcass to ensure that the rocks or stubs don’t puncture the tires. The tread design is also optimized to be self-cleaning and high load bearing capacity.
You should always aim to have long trouble free service
life, to both save costs and increase productivity. When you work with only a
harvester and a forwarder using the cut-to-length method you will only need 2
persons working in the woods, so despite higher investment costs and higher
skill level, you tend to save money due to lower labor costs, as you need less
people working. The workers tend to also be safer as they are in protected cabs
When it comes to harvester tires, you should consider the
Nokian Forest King F, which is a perfect choice when you will need tracks, but
the tire also has excellent grip without tracks. The wide area also limits the
contact pressure, which makes it gentle on the environment. When you will need
to attach chains or tracks they fit easily and provide extra grip to the tires,
so that you can reach trees even on the steepest hills even if they are very
slippery. This is a tire that focuses on stability and productivity in
demanding forestry use.
To achieve effective forestry, you need to make sure that you optimize your operations. To make it most effective you will need the best heavy equipment for the conditions that you will work in. You also need to have the best possible tires to match the conditions. Equipment with tires vs tracks have the benefit that you can change the tires to fit the conditions, to achieve that you have the best grip for the circumstances. You can also put winter tires on the equipment.
commercial Winter tires will ensure that you have excellent grip and stability even in the harshest winter conditions. Winter tires should be put on all wheels and also should include trailers. Normally, a tire that is approved for winter use will have a marking with 3 peak mountain with a snow flake (3PMSF). The acronym 3PMSF is often used to describe the symbol for approved tires. However, the symbol is not used in forestry tires.
Forest tires in general need to be
very cut and crack resistant to ensure that you have as little downtime as
possible. Often in forestry operations you only have two vehicles operating, so
a tire failure can set you back a lot in terms of timing and you are in a
remote area. Avoiding downtime both for your equipment and your tires is key in
ensuring that you run it efficiently and economically. Forestry tires are
relatively expensive but avoiding downtime is more important from an efficiency
point of view. This is why a lot of effort goes into finding the best and most
durable equipment and tires for these conditions.
the tires the tread is designed to offer the best possible traction for the most
common conditions. For extra durability the tires are steel fortified to avoid
punctures. There are also tires specially designed for Over the Tire tracks, to
ensure that you have the best track grip. The traction between the tire and the
track has been improved by a larger straight section between the grooves and
the ribs. The tracks don’t have to be so tensed due to this which lowers the
stress on the tires and bogies.
selection might not be the easiest but it is a very important decision, one
that can impact the profitability of your whole operation.