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Dec Jan 2004/2005  - The Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Tech Update Off-Road Tires and Accessories

Tech Update Editor:  Diane Mettler

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ICC Big Iron forestry tire chains are manufactured in North America from quality 8622 hardened alloy steel. Big Iron has oversized half links and connecting rings with large 3⁄4 thick grouser lugs set atop the massive 1 1⁄2 x 11 diameter rings. Big Iron is available in two model types. Big-Trac (a multi ring design) is available in 7/8, 1, and 1-1/8 tag chain. Xtra-Trac (a super grip design, pictured above) is available in the same tag chain diameters as the Big-Trac but comes with 5/8 thick grouser lugs on the connecting rings. www.wallingfords.com  Reader Service Card 0050

TCR (Tire Chains Required) has forestry ring chains manufactured from high carbon alloy steel, heat treated/case hardened for added durability and strength. Available in various tire sizes, each pair offers 1-1/8 diameter rings, 5/8 heavy-duty tag chain, along with 9/16 side chain. www.tirechainsrequired.com  Reader Service Card 0051

Trans-Gesco manufactures the large TG88C forwarder/skidder, designed for payloads of up to 35 tons and with 160,000 lbs of traction. The challenge to address the weakest link of its hydrostatic drive systemthe tireshas been met through a unique tire and track combination made specifically for the TG88C. Robust mining tires equipped with a thick sole are grooved and filled with permafill or RL solid rubber inserts. The tires effectively become a solid rubber sprocket wheel available in a wide choice of track widths, up to 60. The tracks are much larger than the tires, shielding them from the hazards of the forest. The overall result is proven 100 per cent hydrostatic eight-wheel-drive traction with a tire and track combination offering extremely low ground pressure and high performance over extreme ground conditions. www.transgesco.com  Reader Service Card 0052

Nova International
Norse off-road traction chains from Nova International Ltd are made from Scandinavian boron/nickel-alloy steel and are completely heat-treated after assembly. The line of chains includes the Special Net which offers constant traction, tire protection and a smooth ride. The large round studs of the double diamond or triple diamond double-studded net chain continuously penetrate the terrain for stability in harsh conditions and are available in 17/32, 9/16, 5/8 and 3/4 sizes. Bull Dozer ring chains offer oversize components in critical stress areas. The grip cleats are large and super hard, with sizes including 9/16 5/8, 3/4 and 7/8. The special net skidder chain is two studs per link. Continuous aggressive traction and stability are available with Tight-Dozer (3/4) and Mega-Dozer (7/8) chains. The lug rings are close to each other, protecting the tires and providing a smooth ride. Made of alloy steel and fully case-hardened and annealed after assembly, Norse chains have been made in Norway for more than 70 years. The line also includes ATV, truck and tractor chains as well. www.novainternationalltd.com  Reader Service Card 0053

Firestone has adopted cut resistant tread construction on its Forestry tires, renaming its Forestry Special line to Forestry Special CRC (Cut Resistant Compound). The new CRC provides a 12 per cent improvement in cut resistance and 15 per cent improvement in wear. Firestone has also adopted severe service construction in two popular sizes: the 30.5L-32 18 ply and 28L-26 16 ply. These tires feature nine per cent more body ply strength, and 20 per cent more tread base rubber gauge and sidewall gauge. The higher ply rating provides 10 per cent more load carrying capacity compared to Firestones Forestry Special CRC tires. Firestone has also introduced the 28L-26 and 30.5L-32 as a tubeless construction. They can be used with a tube, but the advantages to the tubeless tire include: no wrestling with a tube during the tire mounting and no pulled tube valves with tire/rim slip or low air pressure operation. Firestone continues to develop wide Flotation Logger 23 DT tires. The tires have a large footprint compared to conventional forestry tires, resulting in reduced ground disturbance and soil compaction. The 76x50.00-32 and 78x45.00-32 sizes are designed to work on the largest skidders in the industry. All Firestone forestry tires feature cut resistant sidewall and tread compounds, heavy tread and sidewall gauges, and steel belted construction to minimize damaging punctures and cuts. Firestone also sells metric forestry tires for harvesters and forwarders and off highway tires for wheel loaders. www.firestoneag.com  Reader Service Card 0054

Primex reports that loggers across North America are switching to its LogStomper Forestry Tires due to the superb construction of the tires along with the large variety of application-specific tires in its lineup. LogStompers possess a unique design. The LogStomper Fx features more lugs per tire, wider lugs than other forestry tires, and extra side bar protection through its Kevlar reinforced sidewalls and steel tread piles for tough long-lasting performance. Compounding, developed over years of experience in the forest, reduces wear and chunking to deliver the performance expected by loggers seeking top quality and value. The LogStomper family includes the widest flotation tires in the world, according to the company, as well as the best variety of footprints, including both 23-degree (Fx) and 35-degree (SteelFlex) tread bars. LogStompers are available in all popular North American sizes as well as metric sizes used on the latest European cut-to-length machines. The LogStomper family includes the LS-2, HF-2, HF-3 and HF-4. www.primextire.com  Reader Service Card 0055

Galaxy Tire & Wheel
The super traction E/L2+2 Giant Hippo tubeless tires from Galaxy Tire & Wheel feature twice the tread depth of a normal E-2 or L-2 tire and are built with mud breakers for self-cleaning action. Tread depths offer excellent traction, the company says, and measure 68/32 on the 23.5x25 and 72/32 on the 26.5x25. Buttressed shoulders provide 21 per cent more pulling power. Giant Hippo tires suit off-road material handling machines, articulating dump trucks and loaders in soggy ground conditions. The Beast, the super severe steel logger LS-2 tires from Galaxy, are constructed with steel cable from shoulder to shoulder and offer increased puncture resistance. Buttressed shoulders offer greater sidewall and shoulder protection, while the buttressed sidewall offers 21 per cent more pulling power in deep mud, the company says. Other features include a mud breaking, self-cleaning tread design and rim shield protectors that keep the edge of the wheel inside the tire, protecting it from damage. The Constellation Kevlar log skidder LS-2 tires are made with Dupont Kevlar, the same material used for bulletproof vests. Available in a full range of sizes, they offer a unique bar angle with superior self-cleaning action and traction in all conditions. www.galaxytire.com  Reader Service Card 0056

Specialty Tires of America Inc
The American Logger Skidder tire is manufactured in the US by Specialty Tires of America, which has been manufacturing quality tires since 1915. Specialty Tires currently manufactures the American Logger tire in traditional sizes from 23.1-26 to 30.5-32 in an LS-2 design. The American Logger tire includes the following features: four steel belts underneath the tread; rim guards to prevent stump penetration; a usable tread depth of at least 2; and the bar is 23 degrees and is spaced for easy mud cleaning and improved traction. The American Logger has been field tested with rubber that resists tears and chunking. Also offered is a line of tires for industrial loaders and tractors, which are primarily 24 and 25 bead diameter. These tires are marketed under the American Contractor name. That line is offered as G2 Grader/Loader, E3 Rock and R4 Tractor. Specialty Tires of America is actively seeking new tire additions to serve the need of the logging industry. The American Logger, American Contractor and other Specialty Tires products are distributed throughout North America. Telephone: (724) 349-9010 Reader Service Card 0057

Bogie tracks from Quadco Equipment Inc are a unique track system offering durability and strength. Designed for heavier tired machines performing cut-to-length or tree-length harvesting, the bogie tracks pads come in 4 or 8 widths, depending on carrier weight class. Track models are available for most tires on the market, with pad sizes ranging from 30 to 54 to match ground conditions. More pads per track mean shorter, stronger links and less twisting or warping, as well as ensuring better wear throughout the life of the track. The pad steel has a high Rockwell rating for long life, and heat-treating results in more even wear characteristics. For most models, pads are banana shaped with corners cut to minimize ground and root damage. Maximum tire protection is achieved by aligning guide links and welded links, the company says. Limited drag design with the links close to the tires outside radius provides for a smoother ride. The bogie tracks are available in all-season and snow tracks. www.quadco.com  Reader Service Card 0058

ECO-Wheel Tracks provide a wider footprint, lower ground pressure, and improved flotation with less ground disturbance than standard tires. They sustain longer operating periods in wet conditions, and the smooth cross member design improves traction with less spin and grab, which is easier on the ground and machine. The company says that the tracks outperform chains in a number of ways: they offer longer life than tire chains; are easier to install; and involve far less maintenance. The ECO-Wheel tracks also raise productivity, prolong the season, extend tire life and reduce operating costs. www.hultdins.com  Reader Service Card 0059

BABAC traction products, manufactured in Winslow, Maine, are hand-made for optimum quality control. They are made with 10B21 through-hardened boron steel alloy, a material that provides more uniform hardness and tensile strength. Longer wear without breakage, which is commonly associated with case hardened chains, is the reason BABAC is the largest manufacturer of forestry chains in North America, says the company. BABAC offers a full line of tire chain products including single and multiple diamond net style, with and without U-form studs, and standard and multi-ring models in single and multiple wide patterns. U-form studs offer superior traction as compared to studs welded perpendicular to the link. The U-form studs are welded on the flat/square side of the link and stay upright therefore offering unsurpassed traction, says the company. New from BABAC are its Forestry Protection Chains. The extremely tight diamonds coupled with the famous U-form studs provides the most tire coverage and traction available in the marketplace today, according to the company. BABAC traction products are available in 10 mm, 12 mm, 9/16, 5/8, or 3⁄4 tag chain, to fit any tire size. www.wallingfords.com  Reader Service Card 0060

Many industries face the challenge of accessing remote worksites. The Mattracks rubber track conversion system allows access to off road worksites and other environmentally sensitive areas with minimal impact, providing reliable access to complete daily operations. Mattracks provide a competitive advantage, having been proven capable and are gaining popularity in many industries that require travel to worksites over difficult terrain. With Mattracks, its possible to get crew, supplies or maintenance equipment to the job site in the worst conditions. They provide mobility and traction in mud, sand, snow, swamp and bog, getting on site when access roads can no longer be traveled by tire-equipped vehicles. They fit most 4x4 vehicles to 1-1/2 tons and are capable of traveling up to speeds of 40 mph on hard surfaces. They require about 30 minutes to change between tires and offer ground pressures as low as 1.5 psi. In 2005, Mattracks will offer a track system rated for 20,500 pounds maximum GVW with its 200 Model Series. www.mattracks.com   Reader Service Card 0061

Pedno chains and track have been the choice for professional loggers. They choose Pedno chains and tracks for the qualityall chains and tracks are made under ISO 9001 2000 quality control with the best technology available. They are made of alloy steel combined with a heat treatment process. Pedno offers the largest choice of chains and tracks on the market, says the company. From ring chains to diamond chains, from large to small, from traction tracks to Kombi tracks, from heavy duty to regular. If Pedno doesnt have it, they will make it. The company provides strong support and innovative products to loggers. Loggers are invited to ask about its double link chains or triple link tracks. www.pedno.com  Reader Service Card 0062 

Quebec Traction Chains
All chains from Quebec Traction Chains Ltd undergo a surface hardening treatment process that increases the carbon and nitrogen content at the periphery of each treated piece, making the surface more resistant to wear and breakage, while improving the mechanical characteristics of its interior, the company says. All chain models are available in a variety of sizes and are suitable for use in heavy conditions in forestry applications, performing well in mud, snow and ice. Their wide range of products are easily viewed on their website. Quebec Traction Chains has a forestry chain to meet virtually every need, including regular ring chains, floating ring chains, net link with studs, diamond chains with bars, net link with bars, Forestrac (flat link chain), super grip, power chain, and ladder chain. www.chainestraction.com  Reader Service Card 0063

Trygg Tire Chain (lots of photos on website)
Suitable for all tire sizes, Trygg tire chains are manufactured from hardened steel that contains chrome, manganese, nickel and boron. Tryggs net link chain is designed solely for off-road use and is suitable for skidders, forwarders, loaders and other forestry equipment. Case-hardened net links ensure chain quality, while double studs on top of the vertical links provide extra traction. The Trygg SMT traction chain for forestry vehicles offers a smooth ride and excellent traction, the company says. Manufactured in 8, 9.5, 11, 13, 16 and 19 mm chain patterns, the SMT chains offer more studs for increased grip and wear. www.trygg.no  Reader Service Card 0064

Nokian Tyres
Nokian Tyres feature the Skidder and Cut-To-Length forestry tires. The Skidder boasts a long service life, with increased fuel economy in mind. It features premium CCR tread compound, customized fit on forestry machines to pull hard in tough logging service, a 25 degree bar angle designed for greater traction and continuous cleaning, and high strength steel belts over strong nylon carcass that resist puncture and impact breaks and the increased shoulder bolster. It also has standard ply and heavy-duty ply ratings. With the Cut-To-Length, buyers choose the TRS or ELS. They feature a refined L-2 design with 35 degree bar angle for superior fit and support with tracks. Each size is produced in a size-specified mold, and a premium CCR tread compound is used for long service life with less snags, cuts and tears. The tires also have taller lug height on a steel-belted, nylon-reinforced carcass. www.nokiantires.com  Reader Service Card 0065

Trelleborg Wheel Systems
New metric forestry tires from Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc are available in tread designs 422 and 428. Widely used on Scandinavian cut-to-length equipment, the 422 can go almost anywhere without having to fit tracks or chains, says the company. And the open tread pattern means these tires have excellent self-cleaning properties. The 428 has a wide, open tread pattern and enlarged contact areas, designed for maximum traction. The reinforced shoulders provide stability and comfort and create a safer working environment for the driver, not to mention reduced wear-and-tear on machinery. www.trelleborg.com  Reader Service Card 0066


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ICC   #0050
TCR   #0051
Trans-Gesco   #0052
Nova International   #0053
Firestone  #0054
Primex   #0055
Galaxy Tire & Wheel   #0056
Special Tires of America Inc   #0057
Quadco   #0058
Hultdins   #0059
BABAC   #0060
Mattracks   #061
Pedno   #0062
Quebec Traction Tires   #0063
Trygg Tire Chain   #0064
Nokian Tyres   #0065
Trelleborg Wheel Systems   #0066


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