Forestry rope is widely used for logging, timber harvesting and reforestation jobs, allowing logging and forestry firms to optimise efficiency.
The best quality forestry rope is made from galvanised steel wire rope because it is strong enough to handle the heavy-duty loads placed on it during use. It is also important that the rope can resist wear and tear, as well as be able to withstand exposure to the elements.
Polypropylene is another type of rope that can be used for logging, but it is not as durable as steel wire rope and will need to be replaced more frequently. Nylon rope can be used in certain situations, but it is more likely to break under the weight of logs or other heavy objects. All equipment should, of course, be carefully checked before each use and thoroughly every six months by a qualified inspector, however, there are various advantages to using steel ropes and wire rope pullers.
Cable cranes can be combined with yarding and cable skylines to pull up heavy logs over large distances. In such situations, high-quality galvanised steel wire rope will be used on the crane, the skyline and as logging chokers, which secure a single log/tree or multiple logs in a chokehold. The length of the steel wire rope will be dependent on the job at hand, with shorter ropes being used for smaller loads and longer ropes required to move heavier logs over greater distances.
The diameter of the steel wire rope is also an essential factor to consider, with a thicker diameter generally required for heavier loads. This ensures that the log can be securely attached to the crane without damaging the steel wire rope.
There are a number of different types of steel wire rope that can be used for logging, but the most popular choice is 6x19 steel rope. This type of rope is made up of six strands of steel wire, with each strand consisting of 19 wires. The construction of the rope gives it added flexibility, which is ideal for use in applications where the ropes are subject to repeated bending, such as when lifting logs.
Another option that can be used for logging is 6x24 steel rope. This type of rope is made up of six strands of steel wire, with each strand consisting of 24 wires. The increased number of wires in each strand gives the rope added strength and makes it more resistant to wear and tear.
If you'd like to learn more about the different types of rope that are available, or if you need help selecting the correct type of rope for your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you.