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A forwarder is a forestry vehicle that carries (big) felled logs from the stump to a roadside landing. Unlike a skidder, a forwarder carries logs clear of the ground, which can reduce soil impacts but tends to limit the size of the logs it can move. Forwarders are typically employed together with harvesters in cut-to-length logging operations. They transport them to the side of a forest road or an area of hard standing were they are stacked for collection by road going trucks to transport them to the sawmill or paper mill. This reduces the need to build high quality tracks into the forest for highway trucks to run on avoid getting stuck or damaged.
Load capacity[edit | edit source]
Forwarders are commonly categorised on their load carrying capabilities. The smallest are trailers designed for towing behind all-terrain vehicles which can carry around 250 kg to 500 kg. Agricultural self-loading trailers designed to be towed by farm tractors can handle load weights up to around 4 tonnes. Light weight purpose-built machines utilised in commercial logging and thinning operations can handle payloads of up to 8 tonnes. Medium sized forwarders used in clearfells carry between 12 and 14 tonnes with the largest class handling up to 20 tonnes.Forwarders also carry them at least 2 feet above the ground.
Manufacturers[edit | edit source]
Some of the worlds manufactures are listed below;
- Barko Hydraulics, LLC
- Caterpillar Inc
- John Deere
- Timber Pro
Preservation[edit | edit source]
These items are rarely seen in museums. the odd example is occasionally on display at a country show with a forestry section. A few contractors may have a retired machine on display at there premises, but are rarely of interest to collector of tractor or construction machinery.
If you know of any preserved examples please list them below with a photo (or more).
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