What it’s like to drive a… large logger
Posted: 30 Jun 2010
I must look nervous, too, as regular driver Allan Cartner almost delights in talking me through the branch-stripping blades, studded trunk grips and automatic chainsaw that hangs at the end of a hydraulic arm with 145,300lb ft of lifting torque.
As the machine's been standing for a few minutes, it settles itself mid-conversation with a small shunt, as if it were a robot going into standby mode. And I'm close enough to the blades to jump a little. I climb into the floating cab - a self-levelling and rotating glass box - and shut the door. Suddenly it's quiet. The idling 9.0-litre, 830lb ft diesel is barely audible, and Ken Bruce is prattling on about his fear of swimming pools - or something else irrelevant - on Radio 2.