Scania cuts a dash through the logging industry
Trialling a new specification of logging truck with the aim of safely carting 104-tonnes GVM without adversely impacting on the forestry tracks
Scania is continuing to cut a swathe through the logging industry as more operators seek information on how they can reduce their operating costs.
Scania’s specialist logging industry account manager, Paul Riddell, has been fielding enquiries from across Australia in recent months, as word of successes in the South Australian timber industry spreads through Victoria and into New South Wales.
“It seems logging industry folk have heard of the successes we are having with customers such as Tabeel Trading in South Australia,” he says.
“We spent a lot of time refining the exact specification that would be suitable for logging as well as carting wood chip, and this has paid off for the customer. We have devised a specification that is best described as being ‘fit for purpose in the Australian logging environment’.
“Fuel economy has picked up significantly, and the trucks have been very reliable to date; one of the managers there said he had ‘forgotten they owned them’ as they have been consistently working dayafter-day.
“Obviously the more days worked, the better the return on the investment in the trucks,” Paul says, “not to mention avoiding downtime for the work crew in the forest.”
Tabeel Trading now has 9 Scania trucks in its fleet and will add 4 more when they arrive from Europe in April. Like the most recent batch of arrivals, the new trucks will be 620 hp V8 powered 16.0-litre units boasting 3000 Nm (2212 lb/ ft) of torque. Fuel efficiency for Tabeel Trading has risen from around 1.4 km per litre to between 1.7and 1.8-km/litre, providing significant running cost reductions.
“The power and torque is very well suited to logging, and Scania has several decades of experience pulling logs out of the Arctic tundra, through winter as well as summer, so the product development has been undertaken to cope with really arduous conditions,” Paul says.
“But in addition to the performance of the engine, the gearbox and axle ratios, plus the hub reduction and Scania Retarder all add up to a suite of features that match the working environment perfectly. It ticks all the boxes: performance, reliability, durability and economical operation.
“When you have to move 1.2 million tonnes of wood chip and logs each year you need a tough reliable truck, and that’s just what we have built for the Tabeel Trading team,” Paul says.
“This is also such a strong truck that it will be ideally suited to being converted to tipper and dog work once its life with Tabeel is over,” he says.
Meanwhile in Finland, Scania has been trialling a new specification of logging truck with the aim of safely carting 104-tonnes GVM without adversely impacting on the forestry tracks, while at the same time reducing transport costs. The thinking is that larger loads mean more cargo per vehicle, therefore a reduction in transport costs and the number of transport movements on Finnish roads, as well as reduced environmental impacts.
Powered by the Scania flagship V8, a 730 hp engine with 3500 Nm (2581 lb/ft) of torque, this is the heaviest timber truck on Europe’s roads. It is 33 metres long, has 13 axles and consists of a tractor unit, a semi trailer and a trailer. It is running a test route of 300 km between Ivalo and Rovaniemi in northern Finland. A section of the road includes a 2 km long up-hill section where the truck is really put to the test, with speeds sinking to 30 km/h at the steepest part.
Haulage firm Ketosen Kuljetus OY owns the truck and business owner Risto Ketonen hopes that the heavy vehicle will lower fuel costs. “We chose Scania as tests have shown that Scania is best at heavy haulage in these conditions,” he says.
“Tests such as these underscore just how wellsuited Scania trucks are for heavy-duty logging,” says Scania Australia’s Paul Riddell.
“While the truck is tough on the outside it is comfortable, safe and spacious on the inside, giving the driver a very agreeable workplace, in an industry where traditionally conditions have been quite rugged.
“I think that’s also part of the reason why so many logging operators have been won over. Their drivers love their Scanias and they look after them better, too,” he says.
Scania Tabeel on dirt road.
Scania Tabeel driver Ashley Miller.
Finnish Test Scania on the road
Scania Tabeel bdouble on road.