DEBATE OF '98- fundamental tools of forestry
woodtick at lebmofo.com
Tue Apr 21 18:38:27 EST 1998
Larry Harrell wrote:
> Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com> wrote in article
> <353B4FAC.2EF2F0B4 at forestmeister.com>...
> > I'm just beginning to see some of this stuff- like forwarders. I think
> > until recently most heavy logging equipment was designed for the
> > convenience of the logger- to get out the production with little thought
> > going into minimizing damage.
> These machines REALLY produce! The on-board computer optimizes log lengths
> and top diameters. The articulated arm can reach out and get low stump
> heights, then limb the trees and finally snipping the top off. No loader is
> needed at the landing and no lopping of slash needs to be done.
> Of course, the quality of the the job is still firmly dependent on the
> skill of the operator. I've seen where a forwarder operator had made four
> stream crossings where only one was approved. Luckily, the stream only runs
> less than 30 days a year.
> Minimizing soil disturbance should be one of our greatest priorities in
Sounds good for softwoods, but how does it work in hardwoods? And how about
steeper slopes? The East ain't all flatland.
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