Logs, posts and crane mats. Those were the woody freights on display. What the trucks have in common is that the driver also has a part-time job as a crane operator. Now let’s log in.
The prevalent configuration of a dedicated logging truck in the Netherlands is a straight truck with a 6×4 drivetrain, towing a full trailer with three axles. A crane at the back of the truck comes with the package.
And just like in their homeland Sweden -logging paradise- superbly Volvos and Scanias have the upperhand in the business. Here’s a 2017 Volvo FH16-750 6×4 with a liftable rearmost drive axle, nickname Swedish Dynamite.
Unlike the trailer, the Volvo is only partly loaded.
The crane always finds itself in a central position, like a spider sitting in its web.
The connection between the truck and the trailer. This type of trailers is registered as an autonome aanhangwagen, an autonomous trailer; it can’t drive by itself, but it certainly can stand on its own wheels without any support.
The trailer is a 2007 Jumbo, a straightforward yet solidly built construction, weighing 5,400 kg (11,905 lbs).
All things considered, i.e. the gross weight limit and curb weight, the combination is legally allowed to haul almost 29 tons (63,900 lbs) of logs.
Another similar vehicle owned by Fransen, a 2011 Scania R730 V8 6×4. When everything fits on the truck, you can leave the trailer at home.
These surely didn’t come straight from the forest.
The third and last one, and what a formidable semi it is.
Van Limpt’s lavish, 2017 Scania R730 V8 6×2 is playing in the absolute top league of on-highway tractors. Scania-Vabis is the old, pre-1969 name of the truck maker. It has become some sort of badge of pride, especially on V8 Scanias.
The tractor is towing an extentable, 2020 Floor tridem axle semi-trailer with a rolloader crane. While sitting on the crane, the driver can remote control the Scania. Highly convenient and efficient, the preferred way of getting things done.
These are hardwood crane mats. When placed on the ground and next to each other, they form a temporary roadway or work platform for heavy construction machinery.
According to the owner/operator, there’s around 20 tons of mats on the bed. A piece of cake, as the registered payload capacity of the Floor semi-trailer is 34,840 kg (76,800 lbs).
Another distinctive feature is the hydraulic Tridec semi-trailer steering system. When a semi-trailer is extendable -as demonstrated in the picture- a fully mechanical system with steel rods or cables is obviously a no-go.
All three axles are steered, wonderful. This combination is truly outstanding, from the Scania’s headlamps to the Floor’s tail lamps. It doesn’t just lumber, to keep it on topic. It’s time to log out, see you later.