FS Crane Hood: Revolutionizing Timber Operations

Back in 2001, we crafted our first crane hood in Finland, notable for its unique blue color and compatibility with many timber crane models. Made with strong but lightweight aluminum, it weighs in at only 25 kg. This not only makes it affordable but also ensures it’s tough against the weather, shielding from bright sun, rain, wind, and snow. Want to know more? Keep reading to see all the benefits it can bring to your work.

The Evolution of FS Crane Hood: Affordability Meets Innovation

Forest Steel Crane Hood seamlessly fits with prominent forest cranes, including Loglift-Hiab, Kesla, Jonsered-Hiab, Cranab, and Palfinger Epsilon. Known by various names such as the high seat weather protection hood, weather shelter, or weather shield, it provides excellent coverage against sun, wind, rain, or snow. As a value-driven alternative, it captures the essence of an “open air crane cabin” without the hefty price tag of a full cabin, making it a preferred choice for budget-conscious operations.

In 2001, O. Mäkelä, our visionary founder and former CEO, sought to revolutionize the crane industry. He envisioned a crane hood that was not only lightweight and cost-effective but also universally adaptable.

“My aim was to craft an easily installable hood that catered to the diverse crane market,”Mäkelä shared. The positive response has been overwhelming, with soaring demand spanning Europe, Serbia, and Russia, underscoring our commitment to customer-centric innovation.

Recently, we’ve refined the Forest Steel Crane Hood design. Now primarily featuring a two-window model, it optimizes visibility and operator confidence. Many of our patrons lean towards this version, valuing its enhanced safety aspects. But beyond the design tweaks, why should the Forest Steel Crane Hood be on your radar? Let’s delve into its unparalleled benefits.

Redefining Crane Operations: The Value-Driven FS Crane Hood

The Forest Steel Crane Hood offers a transformative approach to crane operations. Let’s break down its advantages compared to the traditional crane cabin:

1. Cost Efficiency and Savings: Consider owning ten forestry cranes. Equipping them all with classic cabins would set you back by approximately 200,000 euros. However, with our high seat weather protection hoods, you’re looking at a staggering 96.5% reduction in costs. Furthermore, the ongoing expenses associated with traditional cabins, such as window cleaners, which averages around 1,000 euros annually, become a non-issue.

2. Maximizing Payload with Light Weight: Traditional crane cabins come with a weight penalty. Our lightweight “cabin” allows for a notable increase in transport capacity—around 200 kg per timber load. Let’s put it into perspective: Working 200 days a year, making 2 loads daily, that’s 400 loads annually. This equates to an added 80,000 kg in transport weight over a year! Stretch it over 1,000 loads, and the differential reaches a staggering 200,000 kilograms!

3. Superior Protection and Functionality: Don’t be fooled by the open front of the high seat weather protection hood. Engineered with windproof construction and backed by resilient aluminium, it ensures the crane operator remains safeguarded from external factors such as wind gusts, airborne debris, and crane load swings. It’s been meticulously designed to provide optimal visibility and accessibility. And, should the weather turn sour, the integrated wind, snow, and rain cover can be deployed, ensuring operations continue unhindered.

4. Durability Meets User-Friendly Design: The Forest Steel Crane Hood is built to last and is designed for seamless integration. It mounts effortlessly onto the high seat, ensuring hassle-free assembly and long-term reliability.

To cap it off, the most compelling reason to consider the Forest Steel Crane Hood is its unmatched affordability—both immediate and long-term. We invite you to explore more and witness firsthand the transformative power of our product.

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