If you are in the forestry business, you are likely to need a track skidder. This machine is used to transport cut trees out of a forest to a landing site where they are put on trucks to be taken for processing. They make it easy to transport logs simply and quickly. If you plan to buy one, many companies manufacture them.
This is the million-dollar question. You need to take into account your requirements. Will you be using the track skidder regularly or will you only use it intermittently? If you plan to use it for numerous projects, it can be a good investment but if you only need it now and then, it makes sense to rent one. You will then have the advantage of the choice of size and type of track skidder suitable for the job. Track skidders are expensive so if you want to buy one you will have to decide if it is worth the investment. There is, however, the option of buying a used track skidder which may be the solution.
The first thing to consider is the size of the track skidder. Do you want a compact machine or are you planning to work with heavy trees? Check the operating weight to see if it has sufficient operating weight for the jobs you want to perform. You will need a track skidder with a good hydraulic system as this is responsible for the power and performance of the machine. If you are going to use the track skidder on rough terrain, you will need to make sure that the undercarriage is strong. The cab is also important. Is it comfortable? Does it have air conditioning and heating? The more comfortable the cab is, the more productive the operator will be.
If you are buying a second-hand track skidder, there are extra considerations. Check for loose connections. Pins and bearings should be tight as any looseness can affect the accuracy of the machine. Also, make sure that there are no cracks or bends in the boom otherwise it might have to be replaced and this could be expensive. Check the undercarriage for dents or other damage as this could be a sign of internal damage. Look for leaks in the hoses, cylinders, and lines. It is also a good idea to check the hour’s meter. If it is broken, you will have to rely on the honesty of the seller.
Of course, one of the big considerations is the cost of the track skidder. Is it financially viable for your company? It can be a good investment if you are going to use it regularly and you can always rent it out when you aren’t using it.