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Weight and volume variation in truckloads of logs hauled in the central AppalachiansAuthor(s): Floyd G. Timson
Source: Res. Pap. NE-300. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionVariation in volume and weight was found among loaded log trucks even when such factors as truck type, logging job, and driver influence were eliminated. A load range of 10,000 pounds or 1,000 board feet was commonplace for the same truck, driver, and cutting site. Differences in log size, shape, weight, and species caused a major share of this variation. Yet, improvements such as higher stakes and proper log selection could increase average load size to legal load capacity. If the underloaded trucks in this study had been brought up do legal weight allowances, delivery costs would have been reduced by $5.56 per MBF.
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CitationTimson, Floyd G. 1974. Weight and volume variation in truckloads of logs hauled in the central Appalachians. Res. Pap. NE-300. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
- Better load-weight distribution is needed for tandem-axle logging trucks
- Potential for shared log transport services
- Whole tree transportation system for timber processing depots
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