Scientific paper

Potential for Mechanised Logging Systems in the Republic of South Africa

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 162, issue 1, 1992 , pages: 9–19
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1992.9630430
Author(s): AmyasL. Player, USA, W., Dale Greene, USA


Company crew harvesting operations on Mondi Paper Company Ltd land in the highveld region, Transvaal, RSA, were studied from June to September 1990. Time studies were conducted to estimate production rates on the three operational phases: felling, skidding, and stacking. Production and cost estimates were used with the Auburn Harvesting Analyzer to simulate a harvesting system similar to the system observed in the RSA. Similar analyses were conducted for mechanised systems similar to those used in the south-eastern USA (SEUSA) to evaluate the potential for such systems in stands common to the RSA.

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