Application of Small-Scale Systems: Evaluation of Alternatives
Large-scale mechanized systems are not well-suited for harvesting smaller tracts of privately owned forest land. New alternative small-scale harvesting systems are needed which utilize mechanized felling, have a low capital investment requirement, are small in physical size, and are based primarily on adaptations of current harvesting technology. This paper presents an analysis of harvesting functions and considers base machine and multi-function capabilities for this application. Several options for small-scale mechanized harvesting systems are proposed, and recommendations are made for conducting field-tests to help determine system harvesting costs.