What it’s like to drive a… large logger
Posted: 30 Jun 2010
We'd programmed preset lengths into the Windows-based operating system before we started, so the machine chops the logs and chooses from a number of built-in spray guns to colour-code the wood. My partner in the Forwarder (the vehicle that collects the logs - keep up!) can then select accordingly. Oh, and if the trunk is too bent to meet quality control, a little alarm sounds, so we can stick it to one side. The remaining branches too small for chopping are then dropped in front of us to act as a raft over the soft ground and are collected later. Every last drop of the wood is used - the big stuff for roofing timber, mid-size for pallets and fencing and the left-overs for paper and bog roll.