The Best Logging Trucks Makes Transporting Wood Easier
In the area of timber harvesting, few things have revolutionized the industry more than the trucks used to get the freshly cut trees from point A to point B: logging trucks, or log trucks, are one of the industry’s greatest assets. Without them, the supply of wood would (pardon the phrasing) be severely compromised. These vehicles have inhabited a large part of America’s highway system and have been prominent in the media.
Several different logging trucks exist, each with their own way of hauling wood. Almost all trucks used for the transportation of wood in a pre-manufactured state are a variation or modification of the flatbed, with vertical posts on either side to support the load of the logs.
Trucks used for transportation of smaller lumber resemble a large pickup truck with an elongated back. Sometimes this version is equipped with a hydraulic crane to grab the lumber and place it in the bed. On the other end of the scale, the largest of all trees is handled by a divorced trailer, which makes the immense trunk the trailer itself.
Since almost all logging trucks require by their definition the transportation of heavy loads, the drivers of the vehicles must hold a Class A commercial driver’s license. In addition, depending upon the average size of the load the driver may also be required to have a T (doubles & triples) endorsement for multiple trailers.
This class of license is usually restricted to people of at least the age of 18 and does not become valid in all 50 states until the driver reaches the age of 21. The test, like the non-commercial driver’s license, is divided into a written portion and a practical skills portion. There is no training required, but several schools and even some companies offer it as a way for potential drivers to increase their chances of passing the test.
Like almost every other aspect of driving, logging trucks have seen a revolution with the increases in technology. Rising costs of fuel have helped shift truck owners and truck company owners into more efficient methods of storing and using energy, such as hydraulic and electric hybrid vehicles, and new ways of shifting gears in order to maximize fuel efficiency.
Satellite and GPS communication systems allow drivers to communicate directly with the dispatcher without having to stop and find a payphone. And while it might seem a minor point, satellite radio allows long-haul truckers to enjoy the radio uninterrupted by loss of signal.