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    Author(s): R. Spinelli; B.R. Hartsough
    Date: 2001
    Source: Biomass and Bioenergy: 21 (2001) 425-431.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    We time-studied a Caterpillar 950F front-end loader and a Caterpillar 528 grapple skidder used to extract bunched whole trees to a landing in a short rotation Eucalyptus plantation. The loader was 40-60% more productive than the grapple skidder, depending on extraction distance. Alternatively, the single loader could both extract trees and handle the landing duties, such as moving residues from the flail-chipper, whereas the skidder required a second machine (skidder or small loader) to handle landing activities. Front-end loaders appear to be very promising as extraction devices for short rotation plantations where tree characteristics, terrain and soil conditions allow them to be used.

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    Spinelli, R.; Hartsough, B.R. 2001. Extracting whole short rotation trees with a skidder and a front-end loader. Biomass and Bioenergy: 21 (2001) 425-431.


    Woody biomass, Short rotation plantations, Harvesting

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