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Used Grapple – Forestry Industry

Helping Logging Industry Struggles – Useful Grapple Truck Choices! written by: moraa9 Of all the industries that make use of heavy equipment, the logging and forestry industry is dangerous, difficult, and uses more than a few different types of equipment as part of working in the nation’s forests. Grapple trucks play a significant role in this industry, with many different types found in use at a single job site. Equipped to handle many different tasks, these versatile and useful trucks are irreplaceable because of the way that they have helped revolutionize tree harvesting and make it a much easier, faster process now than it has ever been.

More Efficient Forestry Work with Better Equipment

With all of the current innovations in grapple truck attachments, harvesting timber is a very different process now than it used to be, even just ten or twenty years ago. Before the development of specialized grapples, the process involved one machine holding a tree, a different one cutting it, a third one delimbing and stripping the tree, and the fourth lifting it from its fallen location to be placed into a trailer or onto a flatbed for transportation to the closest processing facility. All in all, such an operation would require a minimum of four large, expensive machines working at the same time, felling trees in such a way that the risk of accident and injury is fairly significant.

The beauty of current technological changes that have occurred in the design of better forestry trucks is that all of those different jobs requiring differing trucks and equipment has been reduced down to only one requirement – a grapple truck. Needing only one vehicle to do the job from start to finish has drastically improved working and getting jobs done in the forestry industry, achieving a faster, easier, more efficient and safer logging operation that greatly reduces the risk of accident and injury.

One Truck to Do It All

The manufacturers of grapple attachments have produced different styles that have been designed to be specific to the task at hand to get the work done as efficiently as possible. Naturally, not all forestry jobs are going to involve so many different tasks to complete the work, so more standardized, versatile versions are often all that is needed. Standard grapple trucks are usually equipped with a grapple to grab and scoop material or debris, lift it, and then move it to another location. The main difference is usually found in the size, strength, and type that is used; as an example, municipal sanitation would not require the same caliber of attachment as would one that is loading and moving huge logs at a timber yard.

When it comes to the processing of the fallen trees, grapple attachments to knuckle boom arms that are mounted on grapple trucks are often specialized, large multiple-purpose versions that have become very popular because of their usefulness. These extra-large claws with additional gripping attachments can grab a tree around its base, cut it using a built-in grapple saw, and then lift the cut tree out of the way into a truck bed.

Even more remarkably, that same grapple that can hold a cut tree balanced in its grip can be set to advance a tree through its grasp, delimbing and debarking as part of the process and then cutting the whole tree into pre-determined log lengths. If there are transportation trailers at the job site, the cut timber can be immediately placed on the trailer and driven away, completing a total operation in a short period.

No one machine is going to be perfect for every different logging job; however, for most fairly standard tree-clearing tasks, working with a grapple attachment made specifically to handle the required jobs with one truck can greatly improve working conditions. One or two operators can manage one of those multiple function grapples alone, leaving others to do other important jobs. Less time, fewer workers, decreased the risk of accidents resulting in injury can equate to more work being completed with fewer problems!

Grapple Loader Specifications

Grapple trucks are easy to operate by trained workers and can be used to pick up and load large, bulky, or heavy items and handle other material when equipped with a grasping bucket instead of a claw-like one. The crane maneuvers so that the grapple can release material into any one of many different containers of various sizes.

Container set-ups can differ based on the type and amount of material being collected and how far it needs to be moved. Grapple trucks are typically built with either a roll-off container or a large dump bed or without any container and then the material is moved into a separate roll-off or dump container. Regardless of the type of container used to hold the material, the purpose of the vehicle is to grasp, lift, move, and release.

Different Uses

Naturally, heavy-duty grapple trucks are completely at home on any construction site, frequently either collecting scrap and waste to be removed or scooping up gravel, screenings, and other types of loose material to be loaded and moved to another location. When appropriately equipped, this practical vehicle can be used in the forestry industry to move harvested trees, in mills for unloading huge logs, and at waste dumping facilities to unload containers. A recent usage that has proven to be both popular and productive is a part of municipal sanitation fleets.

Grapple trucks are an efficient and useful way to collect bulk trash, waste from storm damage, and clean out storm sewers; they are capable of working faster and easier than having all of that done by hand. Some sanitation departments have used the vehicles to be used for bulk pick up every day of the week, leaving all of the other garbage trucks to continue with normal trash pickup on regularly scheduled days.

Grapple Loader Benefit

Though these vehicles are useful for loading and moving just about any type of material, the primary design intent was to make a truck that could easily pick up and load extremely large and heavy items. Using a grapple loader does make cleanup and other loading jobs faster and easier; however, the main advantage that has been seen with these units is to drastically reduce worker injuries.

Before this vehicle was designed, workers had to lift and move many large items such as a sofa or large steel beam into a container or trash truck by hand. This action resulted in numerous injuries and workers compensation claims; taking the human factor out of the action with grapple trucks, the risk of such injuries was eliminated as well. Many companies or municipalities that did not think adding one of these vehicles could be afforded has seen that they are more affordable that originally thought, primarily because of the lower health insurance and workers compensation premiums that will need to be paid.

It should be easy to see how heavy-duty grapple trucks can be so beneficial and useful at many different work locations. Strong, fast, and hard-working, these units give workers a break while allowing twice as much work to get done – a veritable win-win situation indeed!

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