When it comes to logging equipment, arguably no piece of machinery more important than the knuckleboom loader. The double boom and center knuckle allow for the loading and unloading of heavy cargo in tight spaces or low clearance like no other machine. Whether you’re looking at new or used logging equipment for sale, the same general principles apply. So what are some things you need to know when in the market for new equipment? Below are the 5 most important things to look for when purchasing a knuckleboom loader.
Heavy machinery fuel usage greatly impacts the costs of operation when you’re in the field. One fuel consumption study found that fuel costs represented up to 20% of cut and haul rates. When looking at adding or replacing a knuckleboom loader on your fleet, keep fuel efficiency in mind.
Operator comfort is a productivity factor that is often overlooked. Look for a knuckleboom loader with a comfortable, supportive seat, adjustable armrests, and good visibility. John Deere knuckleboom loaders have an optional upgrade to first class that includes a seat upgrade kit for improved ergonomics. These small investments can prevent operator fatigue and result in a noticeable uptick in productivity.
STRONG SWING TORQUE
A knuckleboom loader’s swing torque directly impacts delimbing and log handling times. With more swing torque, you can reduce cycle times and lower your cost per ton. A dedicated swing circuit is ideal to ensure your equipment has the power it needs to get the job done.
LOAD SENSING HYDRAULICS
Some new loaders, like the John Deere knuckleboom loader 437D, feature smart hydraulics. A smart hydraulic system has a pressure compensated load sensing feature that delivers the right amount of power on demand to improve performance while reducing fuel consumption.
A REPUTATION FOR RELIABILITY
When looking at any type of logging equipment, you want to make sure you are looking at a manufacturer known for reliability. This is especially true when considering used logging equipment for sale. Machinery is an investment and you want to be sure it will last. Spending a little more for equipment that won’t quit on you is always going to be worthwhile.
For more information on new or used knuckleboom loaders, visit your nearestPapé Machinery Construction & Forestry location to speak with our logging equipment experts.