Wheels of fortune Volvo’s new H-series at work in the forest and at the mill

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Wheel loaders are great in the right forestry and log loading environments.
They run rings around an excavator-based loader when it comes to speed and their forks can grab plenty more logs than a grapple. Fuel costs are typically lower, too...

 

Sure, wheels don’t have the same all-terrain, all-weather ability as tracks, but you can’t argue with the productivity.

They’re so good at the grab-and-go it can be tempting to hold more wood in a wheel loader’s voluminous forks than is safely permitted. In the past, that would have been overlooked, unless there was an accident or breakage. Today, stricter OSH regulations pretty much rule out such cavalier behavior, requiring safety-minded operators to keep within limits.

Trouble is, maximum load limits are a grey area. A moving target, even. They can wander up and down, depending on how the machine is configured, and where/what it’s doing. An operator may not be aware they could be overstepping the mark.

With safety uppermost in mind, there’s now a need for maximum weight certification for these machines, to ensure that they are capable of safely operating up to the prescribed limits.

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