In this edition of Logging-on, we examine the effect of the earthquake in Chile on the major timber processing facilities. This was the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded, making it even larger than the recent earthquake in Haiti. True to the nature of the Chileans, they are getting back onto their feet quickly.
There are many exciting new products available as well. The Timbear Lightlogg C is a forwarder/harvester combi machine that has very low ground pressures for work in sensitive areas. The John Deere 1910E forwarder replaces the legendary 1710D, and is able to carry an even larger payload. While on the subject of new machines, comparing the specifications of the various machines on the market can be quite onerous. We have discovered a website that simplifies this a little. Butt-end versus top-end skidding is explored to see which method could be used under different conditions. This issue also contains the second part of hydrostatic transmission systems, giving you an overview of the different types.
We introduce you to the very professional Forest Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk), and a research article produced by the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), dealing with costing of Cut-to-Length harvesting and transport operations, gives the newsletter a Scandinavian flavour.
On the road management side, we look at a very practical road handbook that was aimed at developing countries.
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