Choosing a forestry crane – what to consider?
When considering forestry operations, selecting the right crane is essential. A forestry crane provides the necessary power and maneuverability to safely and efficiently transport heavy logs, trees and other materials.
For harvesters and forwarders, this is a straightforward process as each machine model will have a specific crane attached. However, if you are using another forestry machine, you have more room for manoeuvring and should consider several key factors before making a purchase.
Size and Lifting Capacity
Size and lifting capacity are the two most important points to remember when selecting a forestry crane. How large of components will it be handling? Do you anticipate needing to lift heavier loads than would be possible with a standard-sized crane? What type and size of grapple do you have? Make sure to pick a model that meets your requirements.
Durability and Reliability
Another factor is durability and reliability. As forestry cranes must be able to endure harsh conditions and rough terrain, it is important to choose models with solid construction, strong engines, and durable components. Additionally, one should determine:
- the type of distributor and control type desired such as mechanical, electromechanical or electric, electronic with mini-joysticks etc.,
- the type of mid-hinge that will best suit the terrain such as standard bend, parallel bend or wide angle bend
Furthermore, make sure to purchase a crane from a reputable manufacturer with solid track record when it comes to quality control standards.
Performance and Safety
Finally, safety which is paramount in operating any kind of machinery in hazardous conditions. Make sure to select a model which is equipped with all the necessary features such as:
- anti-collision sensors,
- overload protection systems ,
- emergency shut-off switches,
- LED lighting on the crane for good visibility after dark,
- a radio-controlled winch for pulling logs lying far away without maneuvering a trailer,
- limiters on cylinders to prevent impacts and jerking of the machine,
- additional cylinder seals which contribute to longer life of the hydraulic pump and distributor.
In conclusion, selecting the right forestry crane requires thorough consideration of several factors such as size and lifting capacity, durability and reliability, performance and safety. The good news is that there are plenty of cranes designed specifically for forestry applications – so you can find one to meet all your needs! Investing in high-quality equipment now can ensure years of reliable work.