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Kenworth tri-drives help loggers extend hauling season

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- A B.C. log hauling fleet has extended the hauling season by three weeks by specing tri-driv...


Pineview's Kenworth tri-drives allow the company to extend the log hauling season in B.C.
Pineview's Kenworth tri-drives allow the company to extend the log hauling season in B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A B.C. log hauling fleet has extended the hauling season by three weeks by specing tri-drives.

Pineview Trucking and Excavating has been specing Kenworth T800 tri-drives to haul logs for Dunkley Lumber in the Prince George area. The tridem drive provides extra traction and is specd along with a lower gear ratio, a high horsepower engine and air ride suspensions to allow the company to haul logs earlier in the season than haulers operating traditional tandem configurations. The company says it has proven to haul logs out of the bush two weeks sooner than competitors while continuing to haul logs one week after other companies have left for the season.

If we didnt have Kenworth trucks with the right specs, we just couldnt do the job, our trucks would come back broken all the time, said Steve Vohar, general manager with Pineview. There are a lot of guys who try and spec lighter trucks so that they can haul more logs, but they end up broken down on the side of the road. Dunkley Lumber pays us to keep their mill supplied with logs, not to be sitting on the side of the road.

The company hauls short and long logs of spruce, pine, fir, aspen and balsam. It operates 22 trucks in its log hauling operation which carry loads of about 152,000 lbs.


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