A skidder is used for hauling logs that have been cut. Using the skidder, the logs are sent to another vehicle where they will be processed or sent to a mill. There are many kinds of skidders, and the following are examples.
Caterpillar 527 Track Skidder Dimensions
The 527 has an operating weight of 38000 lb / 17236 kg. The fuel capacity is 75.29 gal / 285 L. The net flywheel power is 150 hp / 112 kW and the gross power is 166 hp / 124 kW.
The operating specs are as follows: track on ground: 112 in / 2845 mm; travel speed – fwd. 1st: 2.3 mph / 3.7 km/h; travel speed – fwd. 2nd: 4.1 mph / 6.6 km/h: Rev. 1st: 2.8 mph / 4.6 km/h and Rev. 2nd: 5.1 mph / 8.3 km/h.
Caterpillar 525C Wheel Skidder Dimensions
The 525C is 329.49 in / 8369 mm long, 125.35 in / 3184 mm high and 133.8 in / 3398 mm wide. The wheelbase is 139.2 in / 3534 mm. The ground clearance is 22.9 in / 581 mm. The turning radius over tires is 236.2 in / 6000 mm and the tread width is 103.2 in / 2622 mm. The decking blade is 123.5 in / 3138 mm wide.
The cab height is 125.4 in / 3184 mm and the decking blade digging depth is 17.95 in / 456 mm. The decking blade lift height is 54.4 in / 1381 mm. It has an axle height of 33.2 in / 843 mm and the top roller height is 110 in / 2794 mm.
Caterpillar 525C Engine Specifications
The skidder uses the Cat C7 ACERT engine. it has 6 cylinders and uses a 24V electrical system. The 525C has a blower (1620 RPM / 1620 RPM) 80 amp alternator. The derating altitude is 7500 ft / 2285 m and the max torque at rated speed is 896 N-m at 1400 RPM.
The stroke is 5 in / 127 mm and the bore is 4.33 in / 110 mm. The displacement is 439 in3 / 7.2 L and the gross power is 196 hp / 146 kW. The net power is 182 hp / 136 kW.
Aside from the skidder dimensions, the buyer must also look into the durability of the machine. A high quality skidder should be able to work in steep terrain without losing productivity. A machine that can work in less than ideal underfoot conditions is also a must.