Skidding logs is the process of moving cut logs from the woods to the landing. The landing is where they are loaded for transport to the mill. After the turn of the last century, draft animals and steam were the engines of choice for moving these huge logs. The “big wheels” in this pen and ink, was the pinnacle of technology in ground based skidding way back then.
Diesel powered skidders are the work horses of today for skidding logs. These machines come in different sizes and configurations for different jobs. The rubber tire skidders are used on gentler slopes. They are built for speed.
The track laying skidders often used on steeper slopes. They are built for traction.
The forwarder is today’s pinnacle of technology in ground based skidding. It loads logs onto itself instead of dragging them.
Let’s not forget the original skidders, the horses. They can’t be beat for sheer beauty!