CC Outtake: The Woodpecker II At Work

When I went for a hike last month I caught this 2009 Volvo FH-series 6×4 logging truck at the job. The truck driver was operating the chassis mounted Palfinger Epsilon crane, you can see him sitting in the crane’s seat, way up high.

The Volvo truck is equipped with a 500 hp 12.8 liter inline-6 engine. Its legal maximum GVM is 28,000 kg (61,700 lbs), yet Volvo is more optimistic and rates the truck at a maximum GVM of 34,600 kg. When fully loaded The Woodpecker II may tow a 22,000 kg trailer to get to the 50,000 kg legal maximum GVM for a truck + trailer combination. I’m sure Woody is still laughing when pulling that off.