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Forests 2013, 4(4), 898-921; doi:10.3390/f4040898
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Applicability of International Harvesting Equipment Productivity Studies in Maine, USA: A Literature Review

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Received: 12 July 2013; in revised form: 14 September 2013 / Accepted: 11 October 2013 / Published: 5 November 2013
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Abstract: Harvesting equipment productivity studies have been conducted in many countries around the world spanning over 25 years. These studies have shown that many factors influence individual machine productivity. These factors include stand and site conditions, equipment configuration, management objectives, and operator experience. Productivity can increase or decrease with slight changes in any of these factors. This literature review also highlights the variety of experimental designs and data collection methods encountered in a cross section of those studies. It further shows the variation in species composition, stand density, tree diameter, and harvest prescription. Although studies that include the influence of operator performance on harvest equipment productivity are limited, they were included in this review where appropriate and available. It is clear that productivity equations should be developed using population-level data with several operators. Some studies were conducted in stands similar to Maine, but they used harvesting equipment that is not commonly used in logging operations in this state. Therefore the applicability of existing studies to the logging industry in Maine, USA, is very limited. Our conclusion is that in order to accurately predict harvesting productivity it is necessary to develop regional harvesting productivity equations using harvesting equipment commonly used in Maine. Forest operations researchers in other regions will be able to use this summary to explore the difficulty of applying productivity information to regional logging operations.
Keywords: logging; operator effect; feller-buncher; harvester; grapple skidder; forwarder; mechanized harvest logging; operator effect; feller-buncher; harvester; grapple skidder; forwarder; mechanized harvest
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Hiesl, P.; Benjamin, J.G. Applicability of International Harvesting Equipment Productivity Studies in Maine, USA: A Literature Review. Forests 2013, 4, 898-921.

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Hiesl P, Benjamin JG. Applicability of International Harvesting Equipment Productivity Studies in Maine, USA: A Literature Review. Forests. 2013; 4(4):898-921.

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Hiesl, Patrick; Benjamin, Jeffrey G. 2013. "Applicability of International Harvesting Equipment Productivity Studies in Maine, USA: A Literature Review." Forests 4, no. 4: 898-921.


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