When need forest tires for your forest equipment you want to make sure that you have tires that will not slow you down due to bad grip or that they can’t handle the load or then they cut or crack. The conditions in the forest are almost as tough as it gets. In the forest you have swamps, bogs, rocks and stumps that make it very tricky both in terms of grip but also the risk of rupturing the tires. These are just obstacles while driving through the forest. However, you want to make sure that you don’t get stuck in muddy terrain or that the stubs or sharp rocks damage the tires.
When you then finally reach the trees that need to be cut, you will need to bear very heavy weights, you will need to have exceptional grip so that you don’t slip as you work in hilly terrain. Here you might need to add over the tire tracks or chains to further improve the grip in very difficult terrain. So regardless of what equipment that you use in the forest they all have to sustain these difficult conditions and will need to have high quality tires that are known to excel in these conditions.
The main heavy equipment used is the skidder, which will drag the full trees through the forest to the landing where it can be cut and loaded on a truck. Here you will need tires for the hardest conditions and the biggest machinery. Here the skidder tires will need to allow for tracks if the surroundings demand it. Skidder tires will need to be extremely puncture resistant and be able to sustain the heavy loads. The tread design has to be such that it gives excellent grip even on wet surfaces and in muddy conditions, without losing control. The tread needs to be self-cleaning to ensure that you don’t lose grip as the tread gets full of mud. When working in remote locations you really need long trouble free service life. Tire failure deep in the woods can be costly, time consuming and should be avoided as much as possible.
You also have the harvester tires and the forwardertires, when you are cutting the trees with the harvester and use the harvester to collect the cut to length logs. Here you have less effort needed, as you don’t have to drag a full tree through the forest. You do however have the same conditions so you still need the excellent grip and the logs are heavy so transporting a trailer full of logs will still require a that they sustain the high loads and make sure the tires don’t rupture or fail.
Once the logs have been transported to the landing they will be loaded on a truck and transported to a mill for being cut into pieces and sold as wood or used as pulp for paper production.