105 SELF-LEVELING VEHICLES 3

 

Forst xr8 traxion wood chipper

FORST-XR8-TRAXION self-leveling wood chipper, from England. http://www.forst-woodchippers.com/, http://www.cambrianchipperhire.co.uk/product/forst-xr8-traxion-8-tracked-wood-chipper-for-hire/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lud7K1IXaeI

 

Bargam v track trs 30 straddle tool carrier

V-Track TRS 30 Bargam, from Bgroup straddles tools-carrier, revealed in 2011, from Imola, Italia. It is used for agriculture, sprayer and grape harvest of vineyards and olive groves. An interesting feature shows a parallelogram system to hold the machine horizontal on slopes. http://bargam.portalservices.it/fr/prodotti.asp?id=73

Menzi muck a81 walking excavator 1

Menzi Muck A81 walking excavator, http://baier-partner.com/wp-content/gallery/menzi-muck-a81/bild2068.jpg

Ecolog 590 6x6 harvester

Ecolog 590 6x6 self-leveling harvester. http://forsta.ch/cms/index.php/forest-ag/maschinen/ecolog-560d, https://www.eco-log.se/en/products/e-series-harvesters/brochures

Ecolog harvester

Ecolog self-leveling harvester. https://www.timber-online.net/?id=2500,4802996, https://www.eco-log.se/en/products/e-series-harvesters/brochures, http://jagmastare.com/2015/may/avverkning-och-planering-med-sveaskog.html

Fiberdrive harwarder

Fiberdrive Harwarder of Fibertrac AB, from 2012 by innovator Christer Lennartsson.10x10 wheels with hydraulic motors, individually suspended, self-leveling reduces ground pressure. The tracks reduce also ground pressure and this vehicle is an harvester and forwarder, the operating time is 25 % lower. https://news.cision.com/elmia-wood/r/can-a-handful-of-innovations-give-the-harwarder-a-place-in-the-forest-,c9379091, http://holz.fordaq.com/fordaq/news/Elmiawood_Harvester_Neuheiten_32906.htm, http://www.keywordsking.com/ZmliZXJkcml2ZQ/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oL2PnM7EYw

Fiberdrive self leveling

Fiberdrive Harwarder, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxwfIJtY3w8, https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Fiberdrive+1750+

Thor 987 S harvester

Thor 987 S harvester, 1987, built in Torsby Värmland, Sweden. Pendulum arms and actuators allow self-leveling machine for better stability. The track of the bogie is adjustable from 1,8 à 2,6 meters, as on walking excavators. 28 were built from 1989 to 1993. Much are always working and the prototype reaches 30 000 hours. http://skogsforum.se/viewtopic.php?t=25934, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niD046B77Yg

Skogsjan harvester 695 1998

Skogsjan harvester 695, 1998. LL skogsmaskiner became Skogsjan and after Ecolog. Self levelling is easy to imagine, hard to design. They need much hydraulics.
Lars Lameksson has played an important role in the
development of modern forestry machine systems. Several
times his company LL Skogsmaskiner has reached the stage of
being able to start mass production.
“But solving problems is what drives me, not managing
factories,” he says.
LL Skogsmaskiner still exists and has been taken over by Lars’s sons although he remains actively involved. His workshop still stands where all began, in the woods near the town of Ljungby in southern Sweden. Here he has designed and built a number of unique forest machines.
The best known of these is his harvester with pendulum arms. It first appeared in 1986 under the name Spindeln (The Spider) and is still in production under the EcoLog label. The machine’s design was pioneering and it still holds its ground against the competition.
Like so much else in the development of forest technology, it all began with a request from a forest contractor. The single-grip harvester was becoming widespread and contractors wanted one that it could also work in steep terrain. Lars knew that the harvester must be self levelling, that is, be able to keep itself horizontal even on a slope, so that the crane can retain the full force of its swing.
Contact Torbjörn Johnsen, business area manager, torbjorn.johnsen@elmia.se, tel +46 70 646 16 86
Veronika Albert, press service, veronika.albert@elmia.se, tel +46 3615 22 34
Other manufacturers had already tried pendulum arms. Lars realized that a good solution would be to combine pendulum arms with a technology that LL Skogsmaskiner had been the first to use on
its Trollet forwarder, that is, fully hydraulic operation.
“We put a hydraulic motor in every wheel hub, which simplified the whole design of the machine,”
he says. “The entire transmission could be replaced with hydraulic hoses.”
The idea was simple on paper but needed an innovation in order to be useful in practice. The ingenious solution involved connecting the hydraulic pistons of the pendulum arms with each other
so that the machine automatically self levelled while it was in motion but the function was blocked while the machine was standing still. When the harvester was still it could lean 25 degrees to the
side and 15 degrees forward or backward.
And with that, the harvester “ballet” performance that occurs at every Elmia Wood was born. Lars’s design was first taken over by the Swedish company Skogsjan, which then sold it on to Caterpillar.
Today it is EcoLog that produces the “Spider’s” successors in five different versions.
LL Skogsmaskiner now services the EcoLog machines, so Lars has been able to follow the technological advances at close quarters.
“The basic design is the same as the one we developed back in 1986,” he says.
When the first harvester equipped with pendulum arms was presented in 1986 it was received with a mixture of delight and dread. Everyone realized the advantages of having a self-levelling
harvester but many also feared high maintenance costs and a lot of downtime.
Yet the “Spider” had a far simpler design than other harvesters, with fewer articulated parts. More than 25 years of experience has proven that the machine is extremely stable and reliable in
service.
Officially Lars is now retired but he still works as a problem solver for the family company. He has one dream left to realize :
“We’ve always solved our customers’ problems but I hope to be able to develop a machine based on my own ideas,” he says (2013), from : https://news.cision.com/elmia-wood/r/self-levelling---easy-to-imagine--hard-to-design,c9366244

 

Skogsjan 6x6

Skogsjan 695 6x6, 1998

 

Skosjan 601 harvester

Skosjan 601 self-leveling harvester.  Lars Lameksson (LL Construction) built the first few harvests in the late 80s. They were then Skogsjan machines which were purchased as småning of up to CAT (1997), which then sold CTL machines to EcoLog. The basic principle of the pendulum arms is the same as in this old original machine. This technology is applied to hybrid swing arm (XT28), of Torbjörn Johnsen, where Lamekssons pendulum arms are further developed in a forwarder. http://skogsforum.se/skogsbilder/image_page.php?album_id=783&image_id=8534, http://skogsforum.se/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6443&start=495

 

Xt 28 of forestry research kth in sweden

XT 28 of Forestry Research Institute KTH, Bosch Rexroth and University of Linköping in Sweden, 2016. This self-leveling forestry research vehicle is fitted with 6 pendulum arms attached to actuators. This system allows 20% less vibrations, crossing of rocks and slopes without shocks. Equal pressure on each side lowers the ground pressure. http://www.skogforsk.se/kunskap/kunskapsbanken/2016/pendelarmar-ger-battre-forarmiljo-och-mindre-markpaverkan/, https://twitter.com/skogforsk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omsL0DgC-DU

 

XT 28 of Forestry Research KTH in Sweden

XT 28 of Forestry Research KTH, self-leveling forwarder.   
http://skogsforum.se/viewtopic.php?t=18346

Prosilva S4 harvester

Prosilva S4 harvester. Optional hydraulic rear axle with automatic stabilization. http://www.prosilva.fi/images/stories/pdf/s-series_en_web.pdf

Prosilva S6 harvester, Prosiva

Prosilva S6 harvester. http://www.prosilva.fi/images/stories/pdf/s-series_en_web.pdf

 

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