Today, forest machines designed for cut-to-length logging are increasing their share of mechanical logging more rapidly outside the Nordic countries. Benefits of the cut-to-length method include high work productivity and environmental awareness compared to other types of mechanised wood harvesting.
Mechanised wood harvesting using the cut-to-length method provides potential for effective timber supply from small stands and thinnings. Wood can be utilised more accurately and small-diameter timber can also be harvested economically. Productivity per machine unit is high. Switching to the cut-to-length method means diversified felling operations and additional demands on the machine operators. Aside from the felling itself and daily machine maintenance, operator expertise includes basic forest economy and, in particular, a consideration of environmental values in keeping with forest management guidelines when planning stands marked for cutting.
In customer-focused timber supply, the tree is cut to the end-user’s requirements while still in the forest. Using the harvester’s computer and measurement device, the operator can cut the logs to exactly the right sizes, thus significantly enhancing added value. Automated trunk cutting leaves the operator more time for quality inspection. In the cut-to-length method, wood handling is reduced and different assortments can be transported directly to the appropriate production plants.