Nokian Forest King-a radial tire for your cut to length forestry machines

When you are looking for a high quality forestry tire for your harvester or your forwarder, the Nokian Forest King offers a great radial tire that can add comfort to the forestry work, so that work can be done at a higher work rate. Radial tires can absorb shocks better and make the driving in the rough terrain in the forest smoother. The Nokian Forest King is actually the only radial tire for cut to length forestry machines. The have a wider contact area so that they have lower surface impact and also prevents sinking on soft surfaces

When driving on uneven surfaces and having stumps and rocks as obstacles, the drive can be quite bumpy and uncomfortable. However radial tires even out the drive, which means that you can drive at higher speeds between the different areas. They also have lower rolling resistance, which means lower fuel costs and lower environmental impact due to lower CO2 emissions.

When you are working with cut to length forestry, you will rely on a harvester to fell the tree and delimb it from the branches. A forwarder will then follow up in the same trail and load the logs onto the forwarder for transport to the landing. This process is different from full tree forestry where the trees are dragged to the landing by a skidder. The forwarder is carrying the logs clear from the ground and can therefore reduce the soil impact.

The forest provides you with some really harsh driving conditions and different surfaces that can vary between swamps, bogs, mud, rocks, moss covered rocks and even snowy conditions. You really need very durable tires and you need to ensure that the tires can provide your equipment with the traction, so that you are not slowed down. Most harvester tires and forwarder tires can use both tracks or operate without and the Nokian Forest King work great without tracks but even when you put tracks on these they work better than conventional bias forest tires as they have better side stability. They also have patented side puncture protection so that you can avoid having your tires punctured by stumps or sharp rocks. Avoiding downtime due to tire related problems can save your operations a lot of money.

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Chains and tracks in forestry

Forestry tires have to deal with extremely difficult driving conditions. You tend to meet slippery rocks, bogs, swamps, steep hills, mud and even snow in the forest. Then you have sharp rocks and stumps that can easily damage the tires. The development has lead to very durable tires that can handle these conditions and even have very aggressive tread pattern that can excel in these conditions. Most tires can however still use tracks and chains if needed, as the design has taken this into account.

If you need chains on your harvester tires or your forwarder tires, will depend on the tires you have selected and the working surroundings that you will work within. If you do need tracks then you will need to make sure that you select the track type that fits the tire size and tread design. The tire pressure should be the maximum permitted inflation pressure for each tire size to ensure that you get the optimal traction between the tire and track to ensure best traction for the equipment. The tracks lower the surface pressure, which will be good for keeping the surface intact.

Chains are less common nowadays as the tires are so good, but you can still end up in situation where you will need to use chains. If the chains are new they should be checked to ensure that they are free from any sharp edges or welding burrs. If you find any sharp areas, try to remove them before mounting the chains. When the chains have been mounted make sure that they are fitted tightly, as loose chains can slip on the tires and cause damage and wear. When you check your tires for potential cuts or cracks, also check the chains that they are in good condition and that no chain rings are broken and that the rings are turned in the correct direction.

If you are planning to use chains or tracks with your tires, consult the technical tire manual to ensure that the tires are suitable for use together with tracks or chains. If they are, the correct tire pressure can be found in the manual, to ensure the best grip. When the chains or tracks are not needed any longer they should be removed, especially for the chains, as they are more aggressive on the surface.

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Forestry work during the winter require very good tires

Working in the forest in remote areas put a lot of demand on both the equipment used as well as the tires used. Winter logging might be the biodiversity as there is less disturbance of the topsoil that will be frozen. There are some advantages of logging during wintertime as some areas might be more accessible and even though you have to fight the ice and snow you will not have the rain and mud that can also cause severe problems. So by having good equipment and excellent forest tires, you can choose when you do the logging.

Nokia Tyres is the global leader when it comes to forest tires, they are built to last and originate from Finland that has massive forest industry and where the logging is also done during the winter. By working with both equipment manufacturers as well as its direct customers, they have been able to develop tires for the various forest equipment that are used and to meet their main challenges. This enables for long trouble free service life for the tires in conditions that are among the harshest. So regardless if you are logging during the summer or winter, they can overcome those conditions and provide the necessary grip. They can manage mud, bogs, swamps and slippery rocks during the snow free season and then snow and ice during the winter season.

In Finland they use the cut to length logging method, so by using a harvester and a forwarder, so the selection of harvester tires and forwarder tires is wide. Nokian Tyres also provide tires for full length logging with a range of skidder tires and feller buncher tires. These tires are best in class when you need to rely on tires that will provide the grip both with our without tracks or chains these tires will not let you down. They will also not rupture, cut or crack due despite the heavy loads or due to sharp rocks or stumps. So that you can enjoy more productive time rather than unscheduled downtime that can cause massive delays and add extra costs to your operations.

So check the technical tire manual for the range of tires that are available and the best option for the machines that you have and you need tires for.

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The cost of a harvester tire is almost irrelevant, as a failure will be more expensive

This is basically very true for almost any heavy equipment tire failure. The cost of production delays, cost or repairs and the downtime will almost always exceed the difference in costs between a premium tire and a lower cost one. In addition you have the better durability, lower rolling resistance and the better properties when you select a premium tire.

When working with these big tires, the last thing you want is problems or failures. In addition to it being costly to have breakdowns they can also cause injuries. The key is always to invest i n high quality premium tires that you know will last and will give you the properties that you need to handle the challenging conditions. 

The ability to have sufficient durability and grip when working in the forest, requires that the forestry tires are made of extremely durable rubber compound and is steel fortified to protect against punctures. The tires should also provide the possibility to add over the tire tracks or chains to further improve the grip and traction in steep section of the forest and preferably easy to assemble.

When working with cut-to-length (CTL) technology, you are basically only working with a harvester and a forwarder, so you will be severely impacted by any type of downtime due to equipment failure. You will also be more limited to equipment to use to help you get a new tire in place or get you back to the landing. CTL though is more cost effective as you have fewer people doing the same job that is when you don’t run into problems. This is why tire maintenance is of utter importance to ensure that you can detect problems and issues before you embark on your mission into the forest. Make sure that you schedule enough maintenance and make sure that it is thorough enough to detect all the problems. Cleaning of the tires and a visual inspection on a daily basis is also recommended for optimal performance.

Select harvester tires that are made for the harsh work environment regardless of weather or surface and of course also your forwarder will need proper forwarder tires, as the machines work as a team, so if one fails the other one is impacted as well.

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The best option for forestry tires

There is a reason that Nokian Tyres is the market leader when it comes to tires for forestry equipment. Having worked closely with both users and equipment manufacturers to develop tires that can improve the productivity and overcome the main challenges. These tires are extremely durable and can be used as is, or with chains or with over the tire tracks, depending on the circumstances. Use the technical tire manual to make the best choice for the equipment that you need tires for. The tires are all developed for harsh conditions that you will face when harvesting trees.

When you need harvester tires or forwarder tires, there is a wide range of tires to choose from. There are 5 different models of Nokian Forest King with different tread pattern depending on the conditions. You also have a Nokian Forest Rider version and then you have 3 cost effective solution in Nokian Nordman Forest. The Nokian Forest King is your state of the art tire range for cut-to -length harvesters. This is the tire range to choose from when grip and traction is essential. If you need chains or tracks they can be used to further improve the grip and traction.

When you need tires for a forest tractor, the recommended tires are Nokian Tractor King, the Nokian Forest King for tractors or then Nokian TR Forest or Multiplus. With revolutionary tread design and fortified carcass makes these tires extremely puncture resistance, while delivering superior grip. Self-cleaning tread is another plus to ensure that the grip will continue even I wet and muddy environments. Wear resistance gives you a high product lifetime, so that you have a tire that will last. Use the technical tire manual to check if the tire selection is optimal and what loads are recommended. The correct tire selection is very important to ensure that you minimize downtime and increase productivity. Choosing a tire from the market leader, means that you will get the best tires on the market with superior performance in challenging conditions.

These tires will work whatever weather conditions that you will face and even any type of surface from swamps to slippery rocks and hard stubs. To ensure that you avoid breakdown of the equipment when you are working deep in the forest, these forestry tires are built to last without puncturing or rupturing.

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You Need Tires That Can Adapt To The Harsh Working Conditions

When you work in forestry you need to be able to rely on your equipment. Forestry represents some of the harshest conditions, with heavy loads, rough terrain combined with some tricky weather conditions. The ability to be able to drive up hilly surroundings, despite rocks and mud, with heavy equipment requires some special tires. The tires will need to deliver superior grip while at the same time be protected from hard wear and tear.

Nokian Tyres is the global market leader when it comes to forestry tires. They have been supplying tires for forestry since the 1960s. Being a Nordic tire company they supplied tires for the forestry in the Nordics. The Nordic forestry use CTL cut to length method, so the equipment include harvester and forwarders as well as tractor and truck tires used within the forestry. Nokian Tyres also developed the first winter tires back in the 1930s and has since been investing into research and development of tires for both cars, trucks and heavy equipment. They continue to test tires in real working conditions, everyday all around the globe in all different conditions, to deliver tires that satisfy the needs of the customers.

With the experience from the harsh conditions in the Nordics with different weather conditions and multiple test centers and working closely with its customers to ensure that it satisfies the needs of its customers and can improve the tires to tackle even the hardest challenges. Slippery rocks and mud can be conditions that you will need to tackle, so that you can continue working despite heavy rain, so the tires have to good traction in all circumstances that you can and will encounter while doing forestry work.

In addition to harvester tires and forwarder tires, the also make tires for full tree method with the same rigorous requirements that is needed for forestry in the Nordics and still further developed to ensure that they fulfill the requirements needed for being the best skidder tires. Nokian Tyres products are well known for their extremely high quality that ensures a long service life due to its high durability. Low rolling resistance is also a trademark leading to low fuel consumption and being produced using only purified oils ensures lowest impact on the environment. They are also designed for great driving comfort.

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