Extreme Dangerous Idiots Operate Big Wood Logging Truck Skill, Incredible Huge Timber Truck Driving

A logging truck, also known as a timber lorry, is a large truck used to transport logs. Some have integrated flatbeds, some are separate tractor units, and some are designed to distribute a load between the tractor unit and a dollied trailer pulled behind it. Frequently, more than one trailer is attached. The easiest trees to fall were those near waterways for easy transportation. As the supply dwindled and loggers had to travel further from the water, they hauled logs with teams of oxen or horses. These were supplanted by steam-powered donkeys and locomotives. The logging truck was the final advancement.

In 1913, a truck was used for logging in Covington, Washington. The arrival of World War I, and the subsequent demand for the Pacific Northwest’s Sitka spruce for airplanes, “established log trucking in Washington.” The United States Army assigned thousands of men to the Spruce Production Division to build roads in western Washington in order to harvest the best trees from dispersed stands. After the war, a plethora of surplus military trucks made their adoption appealing to logging companies, particularly smaller outfits that couldn’t afford expensive locomotives.
The primitive trucks were improved in the 1920s and 1930s with more powerful engines and better braking systems. The old “narrow, solid rubber—sometimes steel—treadless tires” were replaced by wider pneumatic tires with treads. Plank roads gave way to graded dirt roads. Trucks were hauling as much timber out of the Pacific Northwest as railroads by the mid-1930s.

There are two types of modern logging trucks: those used on rough ground and trails in the forest where they are felled, and those used for transportation on normal highways and roads. Because forest roads are often rough and temporary, the suspension and tires of an offroad truck are especially important. Solid, low-pressure, and high-pressure tires have all been used. To provide low ground pressure and good traction, up to nine axles may be used.
Because timber is commonly grown in hilly terrain that is unsuitable for farming, the ability of a log truck to climb a gradient is important. The steepness is determined by the surface quality; mud and snow are more difficult to climb than gravel and soil. For a manageable gradient, the speed will be determined by the truck’s power. Legal weight limits vary by jurisdiction, but in the southern states of the United States, they range from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds (36,300 to 39,900 kg) — roughly 40 short tons (35.7 long tons; 36.3 t). The truck may be equipped with one or more winches or cranes to load the logs. The logs are commonly unloaded by allowing them to roll off sideways.

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