My county has a robust timber industry, and you constantly see the logging trucks going back and forth. These trucks are massive when loaded, and massive when empty.
In Germany, however, they've got a very different vehicle for logging: The Ratioplus, manufactured by Doll Fahrzeugbau.
Headed to the jobsite, it looks like this:
Once on-site, the driver hops into the seat for the onboard crane.
He then unloads the truck's little buddy riding on the back.
Then he grabs a log.
As he lays the first one down on the little buddy, he simultaneously remote-controls it to drive away from him, essentially setting the length that the truck will take.
Then he loads up the rest of the logs.
Once done loading, he lashes the logs together with this manly pink chain.
Then he folds the crane back up...
...and drives off.
The configuration allows him to tackle windy roads with ease.
Here's a video look at the process:
Enter a caption (optional)
The "Little buddy hops on the back" type truck is a fairly common sight in Europe. I guess what's new with this one is the incredible smart steering helping navigate even the tightest turns on a forest trail.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
Test it out; it only takes a single click to unsubscribe
Don't have an account? Join Now
Create a Core77 Account
Already have an account? Sign In
Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password.