Unless you are a professional, do not try to cut down trees that are too big, trees that are knocked down or uprooted during storms, trees that fall and block roads, etc. there are certain must have logging equipment. It can be difficult to master them all, and over time many have fallen into disuse and relegated to more traditional jobs while others have evolved. The manual tools used by carpenters today have been used for many years and are tools that do not require electricity. That’s how they managed to create complicated jobs despite not having power tools.
Leave these situations in the hands of professionals. Must have logging equipment will always be wiser to request the assistance of qualified and experienced people, to avoid making unnecessary mistakes. The staff is at your disposal for all these tasks of cutting, felling and tree pruning. Logging contractors must provide a safe workplace for their employees. When buying new or used equipment, the contractor has the duty to review the particular application and the work site of the machines and identify the potential risks inherent to that application or work site.
Based on the results of this risk analysis, the appropriate operator and protective equipment must be determined. All manufacturers of felling machinery are required as a must have logging equipment to provide basic protections for the operator and the machine. In any case, a particular application may need additional protections that can sometimes be obtained from the manufacturer or can be manufactured by the buyer of the machine.
Protection for the Operator
The equipment for the wood must be equipped with the necessary rollover protection structures (ROPS) and/or structures for protection against falling objects (FOPS), the appropriate escape and discharge and total protection for the operator of the station. The entire top of the cab shall be completely covered with mesh material with an opening of no more than 2 inches (5.08 cm.) As its last dimension or other transparent material that provides equal protection and visibility. Baffles (lift arms) should be installed in front of each booth to remove falling stems and branches.
The deflectors must be located in such a way that they do not impede visibility and access to the cabin. Transparent materials that may create a hazard to the operator, such as scratched, crashed or broken safety glasses, should be replaced before operating a machine. Lexan (carbon poly) can have a replacement for life, so check with the supplier and replace them as needed.
Must have logging equipment:
The must have logging equipment includes the machines of unloading, shredders, trolleys, the chain saws, the rope that should be equipped with protections against pieces of flying wood, logs, splinters, branches and other waste, that can reach the employees. Establish “safe work zones” and use them.
Apart from the must have logging equipment mentioned above. These are some more must have logging equipment -ladders, steps, grabs, platforms or rails shall be provided when necessary for assembly and maintenance purposes on all machines. Keep them clean and free of debris. Machine operators should inspect their machines every day before starting work to be sure that all the protections are in place. All repairs and adjustments necessary for safe operation must be made before operating a machine. After maintenance, all protections must be reinstalled before operating the machinery. Keep all guards in place when the machine is running.
Parameters to know how to choose your equipment
The value of the Motor Power indicates the amount of useful work that motor can perform in a unit of time. The units of power measurement can be: HP (horsepower), CV (horse steam) or KW (kilowatt), although the most used for (chainsaws, This power value is the only valid parameter that allows comparing the working capacity of a team with respect to another similar one but with different characteristics. If we introduce this concept we can conclude that the more power you can cut more wood or cut more grass in less amount of time, than with other equipment that has less power.
Ultimately when comparing equipment to define the purchase of it must be taken into account as a primary indicator to the power value of the engine, in the same way, it does when comparing any other work machine (tractors, harvesters, lawnmowers, etc.), cars, trucks, etc. It is important to be clear that based on the work that is going to be carried out, the necessary power in the equipment is different. After defining the necessary power, it is advisable to ask for the information of other characteristics to compare with other options, such as how many “CC” the engine cylinder has (with higher HP / CC ratio, more work with less consumption), the weight of the machine (with lower weight/power ratio, more work with greater comfort of use), etc. Thus,
A properly trained and trained dealer will be able to satisfy that query and guide you so that your purchase is that of the equipment that really adapts to the user that it will give you and not that it is undersized or oversized. Therefore, BE CAREFUL; ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT “HORSES” (power) IS NOT THE SAME AS “CC” (displacement). Always ask to know the value of the power or “HP”
In general terms, a pre-classification can be made relating the use of the equipment with the necessary power:
Conventional and multi-stage harvesters
Conventional harvesters, commonly called ‘processors’ or ‘processors’, are machines that have the ability to cut trees and then process them (ie, derail, cut and cut them). The multi-loaders are not in fact since they cannot pull the trees, but only stack them. Therefore, a multi-loader would be a modality of ‘harvester-stacker’ that presented the capacity to accumulate in its logging head a group of trees to deposit them together in a pile.
Chainsaws as a must have logging equipment:
Occasional use: equipment up to 2 HP of power.
Agricultural use: equipment between 3 and 4 HP of power
Forestry use: equipment of more than 4 HP of power
Occasional Use: equipment up to 1 HP
Agricultural Use and Gardening: equipment between 1 and 2 HP
Intensive Use: equipment of more than 2 HP
This classification is indicative and within each power range as a must have logging equipment, there are also different models that adapt to specific uses according to their characteristics. The STIHL dealer can advise you correctly so that you acquire the correct unit for the use you intend to give it.