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Bucking Logs to Cable Yarder Capacity Can Decrease Yarding Costs and Minimize Wood Wastage

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Data from selected time and motion studies and a forest model plot, used in a simulation model, show that logging managers planning felling, bucking, and limbing for a cable yarding operation must consider the effect of alternate bucking rules on wood wastage, yarding production rates and cost, the number of chokers to fly and total logging costs. Results emphasize the need to consider initial logging activities in terms of effects on cable yarding system efficiencies and wood wastage. Results also emphasize the need to match payload (piece size) to cable yarder capacity. Results suggest that cable yarding costs can be decreased by 20 to 32% by simply bucking logs to yarder capacity. South. J. Appl. For. 10:180-183, Aug. 1986.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Morgantown, WV 26505

Publication date: August 1, 1986

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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