2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Logging Wagon Maxes Out Horse Power
“Using horses for low impact logging is catching on, but it’s limited by the amount of timber you can move with a log arch or other devices,” says Carl Russell. “Saw logs are easy to move with a horse, but pulpwood and firewood are harder. The SV5 triples the amount of low grade timber you can remove and makes full use of your horses.”
Russell imported the first SV5 into North America and is now using it for his Vermont forestry business. The eco-forester is working with Österby Smedja to introduce and promote the wagon among horse loggers.
“I’ve used it mainly for firewood this winter, but at a field day, we rolled saw logs on it from a cut bank alongside a road,” says Russell.
The SV5, with its 4 1/4-ft. by 9 3/4-ft. loading space, can easily handle a 2-ton load with a single horse. A team can handle more. The wagon is designed so logs and other timber extend out past the rear axle.
Russell notes that in addition to the greater volume, the brakes make hauling safer for man and horse. Floating disc brakes on the 8 front bogie wheels allow halts to rest the horses when going up a hill.
Tires are reinforced with Kevlar for added durability. “The SV series will never be mass produced; they’re all hand-built and high quality,” says Russell. “The company only uses TIG welds with most parts hot dip galvanized and others powder coated.
“The regular price of the SV5 is $10,500,” says Russell. “The first 10 to order one will get a $600 discount, bringing the price down to $9,900.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carl Russell, 341 MacIntosh Hill Rd., Randolph, Vt. 05060 (ph 802 234-5524 or 802 353-1086; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.earthwisefarmandforest.com).
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