1 Log Load

1 log load
Normally in Oregon logs are required to be secured to each other with a total of 4 wrappers. Wrapping a single log load makes no sense, so an alternative rule calls for a single tie securing the log to the front bunk. This has been done here, and also a second chain was added securing the log to the trailer bunk.
1 log load
Notice the double extension reach on the trailer. This longer than normal reach is used for hauling poles and piling. Up to 1/3rd of the load may overhang the rear. Occasionally you will see a manually steered trailer moving extremely long items with a cab on the trailer and a second driver steering the trailer. This concept is familiar around big cities where fire department ladder trucks have to navigate narrow streets and short corners.

This is a 75' bumper log cut off Shellrock Mountain, near Rhododendron 1972. The log was skidded and loaded with a Cat D7 and a Cat 955 with log forks. It took both machines to load the log without a roll-way. You can just see the business end of the two cats in the edge of the photo. The log was sold to Neidermeyer-Martin and sent to New York City for use as a bumper log for ships. Over 20,000 feet in a single log that went for something like $5,000 in 1972!

A special thanks to Lyle McGlothlin for furnishing these photos.

- - Updated 12/11/2012
- - Updated 05/22/2008