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Forestry is a global business and demands high productivity every day. Today, one person must produce 10 times the volume he or she did 25 years ago. It is essential to choose the right crane.
These are the top questions for evaluating your needs as well as your options for meeting them.
1. What are my main operational needs?
Do you usually work with cut-to-length timber or do you load full-length stems? Or is it a combination of both? Your fundamental needs are, of course, the starting point for any crane decision. Bringing timber from the forest is tough, demanding work and configuring the crane according to your specific circumstances will help you deliver efficiently and accurately.
2. What boom type fits my operation?
The boom type is also fundamental to your choice of crane. S-boom types, which are straight and partially folded, offer the highest capacity choices. Z-boom types fold more compactly and offer the convenience of being able to drive without removing the grapple. Also consider whether you need telescopic reach.
3. Do I lift mostly the same amount each time or do I need capacity for heavier lifts from time to time?
Forestry cranes capacity typically ranges from 6 to 26.5 tonne-metres for the most common lifting needs.For extreme jobs, hoowever, larger capacities are also available. S-boom cranes offer in higher capacities than Z-boom cranes.
4. How far out from the truck body do I need to reach?
Stretching up to 12 metres, your choice of max hydraulic reach is crucial to configuring your crane to properly handle what you need appropriately.
5. Which size and type of grapple do my applications require?
Whether small and compact or large and industrial, you can choose from a variety of specialised timber grapples for any situation.
6. How do I secure best performance in certain weather conditions?
You know forest weather better than anyone. But you may not be aware of how weather can affect your performance until you’ve tested options for protection, comfort and safety. This includes comparing top seats with weather protection hoods, to fully enclosed cabins or even to VR technology for operating the crane from the truck cabin. However, when testing cabins in particular, make sure that they are designed for maximum visibility.
7. Can I make my work safer and easier with smart features?
Specialised features and accessories not only increase performance, but also keep you safer. For example, a weighing system, can boost your profitability by helping to load the highest possible payload without overloading. Talk to dealers about what features can make your work easier, more comfortable and above all more efficient.
8. What resale value do I want for my crane and within what period of time?
Truck owners often plan to upgrade or change cranes after a certain time frame, such as five years. To get maximum value from your investment, you need to make sure your crane is durably built to the core. Check that the base is cast in strong steel, that parts do not require frequent replacement and that you are covered by a comprehensive warranty
9. How close is the nearest service location specialised for my crane?
Way out in the forest, you may feel completely remote and alone. It is clearly important that you choose a durable crane you can rely on each and every day. But you also need to take into account normal service and wear and tear. Ensure the things that you can take care of yourself are within easy reach. And make sure that you always have access to a large service network with professionals specialised in your crane’s needs, no matter where in the world you are.