Bucking logs to cable yarder capacity can decrease yarding costs and minimize wood wastage
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Southern Journal of Applied Forestry. 10: 180-183.
Data from select time and motions 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 choker to fly and total logging costs. Results emphasize then 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.
LeDoux, Chris B. 1986. Bucking logs to cable yarder capacity can decrease yarding costs and minimize wood wastage. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry. 10: 180-183.