A yarder is piece of logging equipment which uses a system of cables to pull or fly logs from the stump to the landing. It generally consists of an engine, drums, and spar, but has a range of configurations and variations such as the Swing yarder.
Clyde Skidder at Marathon Logging Camp near Newton, MS ~1921
The early yarders were steam powered. They traveled on railroads, known as "dummylines" and the felled trees were dragged or "skidded" to the railroad where they were later loaded onto rail cars. Popular brands were: Willamette, Skagit, Washington, Tyee, or Lidgerwood and Clyde built by Clyde Ironworks in Duluth, Minnesota. Although these machines appear to be large and cumbersome, they were true workhorses of their day. The Clyde was capable of retrieving logs from four different points at the same time. Each cable, or lead, was approximately 1000 feet in length. Once the logs were attached and a clearance signal was sent for retrieval, they could be skidded at a speed of 1000 feet per minute (1MPH = 88 fpm = 26.8 meter per minute) this is around 10 mph. Working conditions around these machines were very dangerous.
After the logs were hauled to the landing, a separate machine called a loader, loaded them with tongs or heel-booms onto rail cars or motor trucks. Loaders were sometimes called duplexes as they had two steam engines to control the tongs. A large machine with a yarder and loader combined is called a unit. In the 1950s steam engines were replaced by diesel engine, and war-surplus tank chassis, which provided a frame for the new yarders, now that rail mounted ones were obsolete.
Modern Cable Logging
Main article: Cable Logging
Cable logging used primarily on the U.S. west coast uses a yarder, loaders and grapple yarders.
Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:32:07 -0700
Granted, it was indoors at Spence Eccles Field House and the Utes will be in the elements for all 12 regular season games in 2014, but sophomore Andy Phillips drilled a 52-yarder to end practice Thursday and "he probably would have hit 57," Whittingham ...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0700
He later missed a 51-yarder and was named the scrimmage's special teams MVP. Like Hutchinson, Carlson came out of high school with high expectations and will need time to develop. Auburn needs someone steady at the spot, especially if a game comes ...
Aurora Beacon News
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:44 -0700
Just 7:18 into the contest, Jasmine Ruiz earned the first of a trio of assists with a cross that enabled Taylor Peck to park a nine-yarder from the left side. “Once the ball got through from Jasmine I was able to see an opening, got past a defender for ...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:07:30 -0700
From there, they should have gone on to win but when Westcarr crashed a cracking 25-yarder against the post 20 minutes from time, doubts started to creep in. And with six minutes left McDonald lashed home after a superbly improvised ball over the top ...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:56:15 -0700
A 20-yarder is essentially a chip shot for NFL kickers, so it doesn't seem like moving things back will matter. That said, I've always thought the extra point was good for the game. Special teams is obviously on the decline in the NFL, and by taking ...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0700
The West Highlanders pulled back to within a goal once more though when Barna Tot sent an unstoppable 20-yarder crashing high into the net. On 68 minutes, Brora nudged 4-2 ahead when Mackay bagged his hat-trick and Ross Tokely rounded off the ...
The Daily Athenaeum
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00:47 -0700
During pregame today, I hit a 60-yarder. On from that point it's hit or miss, but given the right conditions, I can hit 60.” Besides doing yoga, which was recommended by Mike Joseph, the director of strength and conditioning, Lambert said not much has ...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:15:00 -0700
First Wayne Lister drove into the bottom corner from the edge of the area on 11 minutes and then Jake Allen hit a wicked 30-yarder that went in off the bar on 52. Linby's frustration was summed up by an effort from Matt Murphy that struck a post, plus ...
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