Machines and equipment are constantly evolving thanks to technological advancements.
As these changes happen, our best practices must change accordingly to ensure optimal safe
production and efficiency.
For many years we used tracked carrier harvesters with tilting platforms that are able to perform
well in semi-steep ground without the assistance of cable winches. However, as harvesting has
continued to take place on steeper ground with short pitches, large cable yarders have not been
economical to use and the slopes too steep for normal conventional steep ground harvesters.
Conventional type harvesters with an ability to work steeper ground with shorter slopes were needed
This style of logging has been taking place in several European countries, Australia, and New
Zealand for a number of years, with equipment manufacturers from around the world now having or
developing machines with computerized cable winches that work with existing conventional harvesters
in such a way that they can safely perform on steeper ground. Wheeled machines are well suited as
winch-assist winches as they have better contact with the ground, tend to burn less fuel, and are
lighter, quieter, and smaller, creating less ground disturbance. Keeping these machines productive
and cost- efficient is achieved by using best practice operating techniques along with appropriate,