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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tiresor 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.
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
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.
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.
When it comes to heavy machinery, the tires are key part in its performance. It is therefore very important with proper tire maintenance. A tire failure can be very dangerous for the personnel and people being in the area, so proper tire management can increase the safety.
inspect the tires after each workday and inspect the tires, looking for any
visible damages to the sidewalls, the tread and the rim. Replacing the tires
when they worn out or damaged before explode, rupture or crack will improve the
safety as well as reduce any unforeseen downtime.
be very costly and increase the cost for a project significantly. Often several
people are affected and can’t perform their tasks until the problem is solved.
Scheduled maintenance and solving problems before they cause problems will
improve the utilization rate of your equipment.
inflated tires are also important to ensure that the risk for tire failures is
reduced. You should always check the heavy equipment manual or better yet the tires technical manual; to ensure that you have the correct
tire pressure and that you have correct tire for the load and its usage.
in heavy equipment tires is very high and can cause harm to personnel that are
working with the tires. If you have a tire failure, you should always
depressurize the tire before you start working on it. Also when you inflate the
tire, you should do it with protection, a tire cage is the best and safest. This
will protect you and your staff from serious injuries that can come from
accidents during the inflation process. The tire pressure is so high that
fatalities are not uncommon.
A harvesterfor example have big heavy harvester tires, that if they would get cut or
crack, it will be more challenging to change them in the forest, than during a
scheduled maintenance. When you have breakdowns off site, it will be more
costly to repair and your forwarder will also have to wait until the harvester
is repaired or replaced. This is the reason why breakdowns are so costly as it
delays the job, or lowers the output with the same personnel and equipment cost
and then you can add the increased repair costs for doing off-site repairs.
Forestry is one area where there is a high need for commercial tires with good durability. Depending on how you will fell the trees, if it is cut to length (CTL) or full tree, you will use a bit different equipment, but the circumstances where you work tend to be similar. You are fairly remote and anything but smooth surfaces. You will need very durable rugged tires with good grip to penetrate the areas where you will operate.
also face some severe weather conditions, which requires extra good grip on
snow and ice. While still be able to be extremely cut and crack resistant, so
not to leave you stranded in a remote area. For CTL (cut to length) operations,
there tends to be only two vehicles working remotely, a harvester and a
forwarder. The harvester cuts the tree and is able to remove
the branches and the top and cut it to the desired length. The forwarder is
then able to load the logs and drive them to the landing where then a log truck
can pick up a full load for further transport.
If you have
a tire problem on one of your two remote working machines, it will impact even
the log truck, which is scheduled to pick up the full load at a certain time.
Making sure that you have the best tires for the job, is key and that is why
Nokian Tyres have developed a full range of forestry tires for the various
tasks, which are made to work in the cold and rugged conditions present in
Finland. Their harvester tires and their forwarder tires are some
of the most durable on the market, made to last and to not let you down
regardless of the conditions.
associated with changing tires in remote areas and having the operations at a
stand still for the time it takes to get a new tire to the remote site, man
hours wasted sitting and waiting, the low utilization of the equipment, lower
output etc are far greater than any additional costs spent on getting the best
possible tire from the start. It is worth consulting the technical tire manual to
ensure that you make the correct decision once you have already decided to go
for Nokian Tyres range of tires.
Forestry has evolved a lot and is nowadays mainly done by heavy equipment, if you look at it from an industrial point of view. The heavy equipment is expensive, so you expect high yield and as little problems as possible.
challenge with forestry is that the forest grows in remote areas, so you need
to get the equipment there, fell the trees and transport the trees to a place
that will utilize the tree. So you will need more equipment than one to do all
the tasks required.
technology varies a bit around the globe where as some regions tend to utilize
the whole tree, including the branches and the top, while other regions will
cut off the branches, cut the tree into length that are then brought to a
collection point where a timber truck picks them up and transports the logs the
mill or pulp factory. This is a much more modern development of the full tree
technology that cuts the tree and then drags the whole tree including all the
branches and tops with a skidder to the landing.
from cut to length logging is that the wood is cleaner as the logs have not
been skidded through the forest. You can get by with using just two machines, a
harvester and a forwarder to get the logs to
the landing for a logger truck to pick it up. Generally, it is also much safer,
as everything is done by the equipment, so basically no manual labor is
involved. It is also better for the environment as the soil can be kept almost
intact due to no skidding and less wood waste dumped at the landing.
only two machines used for cut to length logging, the investment into machines
can be quite high. You also need to make sure that you invest in proper harvester tires and forwarder tires, so that you can
have as much un-interrupted with as few equipment or tire failures. Check the technical
tire manual to ensure that you select the best possible tire for your forwarder
and harvester that are durable enough for the tasks at hand. Remote areas is
the last place you want to have a tire failure, that’s why you need to select tires
are built to last.
Within forestry you tend to have your Forestry Tractor, your Forwarder, your Harvester and your Skidder. Some tires are versatile and can be used for all of the above heavy machinery, while some equipment have tires that are more optimized for their use, so that they can better perform the tasks that they are intended to do.
The Nokian Forest King is a harvester tires
that has been designed especially for the challenges that you have within
forestry taking into account the challenging terrain, the possibility of very
bad weather and that you also can have snow. The tires are steel reinforced to
ensure that they don’t crack under the heavy pressure and load. They also have
steel belt to ensure that they don’t puncture easily despite harsh conditions.
These tires don’t only excel within harvesting, but they can also be used
successfully within forest clearance and soil scarification work.
You can use this tire in speeds up to 50km/h, which is great as you can
drive on public roads, so that you can quickly get between jobs and also drive
a bit longer distances within a job area. Make sure to put the tires on the
right side when you mount the tires. The tire mounting is best done by
professionals to ensure that you get a world class mounting that a world class
You also have the Nokian Logger King LS-2if you want a world-class skidder tire. This tire is specifically
designed for skidders with a special
rubber compound, this is your best choice if you have the biggest machinery
within forestry and you work in some of the harshest conditions. You will get
good grip on muddy and wet conditions, so that you have stability and control.
This tire also gives you the option to have “over the tire” tracks, so
that you can have even better grip and better pressure dispersion. This tire is
one that will not let you down and will not rupture when working in remote
areas where breakdowns can be very costly and cause a lot of downtime. For
specific loads and tire pressures, you should check the technical tire manual
to ensure that you are following the recommended guidelines. You can find all
Nokian Heavy Tyres listed there for forestry and other areas that require heavy
tires for heavy machinery,