Performance of Small Grapple Skidders in Plantation Thinning Applications

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Small grapple skidders working on two thinning operations in the Atlantic coastal plain were examined. When gate delimbing was used, production per PMH was reduced from 11.47 cords to 7 85 cords--a reduction of 32%. This reduction in skidder productivity was compensated by a reduction in total production cost per cord because of the high cost of manually delimbing trees. With increases in insurance rates for labor-intensive operations continuing to rise dramatically, gate delimbing systems should continue to be competitive. South., J. Appl. For. 12(4):243-246.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Auburn, AL 36849

Publication date: November 1, 1988

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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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