Certain terrains, smaller timber tracks and larger tree diameters still call for chainsaw-wielding lumberjacks to fell trees, but an increasing number of forestry operations today are run by operators of heavy machinery used to fell, cut, skid, forward, process, load and transport wood. These machines are the stuff little boys dream of. Hulking, dauntingly powerful, cool-looking and even cooler-named forestry equipment are the most uniquely designed and specialized heavy-duty vehicles around.
By all accounts, the four major equipment providers in this space are John Deere, Caterpillar, Komatsu and Tigercat. Biomass Magazine talks forest harvesting equipment with each of them to paint a picture of what the sector looks like, and what advancements have been made in recent years.