If you are looking for good quality timber/logging bunks, there are a couple of factors you need to take into consideration. First and foremost is the load area, which helps you earn extra profit. Second, choose a material that is durable yet lightweight. Third, make sure the bunks are tested, certified and secure. And finally, take into account your bunks’ behaviour when loading and most importantly when driving.
Materials and properties
To ensure the biggest possible load area, you should find out what kind of material is used for the bunks. The stronger yet lighter the stake’s material, the heavier load you are able to carry. In case of heavy transport, it is important to lower the total weight of your vehicle.
Ideal bunks would be found in Swedish Steel (SSAB) materials. They are known all over the world and are recognized worldwide for their high strength and durable steel. For example, they are used to make cranes, bridges, buildings and other structures that have to withstand heavy loads and high demands.
The goal of SSAB is to make lighter, stronger end products with better lifting capacity, higher load-bearing, longer service life and lower fuel consumption and lower emissions. Transport and infrastructure solutions made from such materials can be found on land, at sea, or in the air.
Recently, the weight of stakes has become one of the most important factors. Durable steel materials allow you to increase the weight of the load, while reducing the total weight of the vehicle. Less weight of cargo and vehicle will use fewer fuel and is more environmentally friendly. But if only the lightness is the goal, the air resistance and the size of the load area, which are important for gas mileage, are being neglected.
Gas mileage and load area
Gas mileage of forest trucks are affected by the weight and height of the load and the wind resistance of the bunks. The wind resistance is often a dismissed factor. People think it doesn’t matter much. Actually, the total surface area of the stakes in the wind direction is about 6,5 m2. This can be reduced, thus increasing the load capacity. Increasing the load area is important especially when transporting drier and lighter materials.
The bottom line
Good quality timber/logging bunks must have large load area. This makes your transport more profitable. In addition, we recommend bunks that are made of Swedish Steel materials. These are often the strongest yet lightest bunks, which help to increase your payload and reduce your fuel costs.
Forest Steel XXL Timber Bunks, made of ultra-durable Swedish Steel materials, give you just that. They are extremely strong and provide the largest load area. Bunks are tested, certified and secure. There are many different colors to choose from and it is possible to order custom-made bunks.