18 April, 2016
Nokian introduces the Logger King LS-2 for forestry
Nokian Tyres plc has unveiled a full range of new forestry
skidder tires for North America and abroad. The Logger King LS-2 comes in five
sizes and is designed for the most demanding forestry work.
Nokian is taking the Logger King LS-2 on tour to shows and
expos in 2016, from Austrailia to the U.S. and Canada. U.S. stops include
Loggers' Expo May 6-7 in Essex Junction, Vt., Expo Richmond 2016 May 13-14 in
Richmond, Va., and the Southeastern Wood Producers Meeting and Trade Show June
10-11 in Valdosta, Ga.
The tire maker calls the Logger King LS-2 "the ultimate
workhorse" for full-tree forestry work. The new design is targeted for use
on skidders and comes in five sizes of 23.1-26, 28L-26, 24.5-32, 30.5L-32, and
35.5L-32. The two largest sizes also have an extreme version available for the
most demanding forestry work when normal is just not enough.
"We wanted to renew and update our previous product
family for the full-tree forestry application," says Teemu Vainionpää,
product manager of forestry tires for Nokian Heavy Tyres, a division of Nokian.
"We have strong knowledge of forestry applications and we wanted to make
the best product for the market. Logger King has already been tested for a couple
of years in the hardest conditions all over the world reaching from New Zealand
to the U.S. With this product, we wanted to focus on durability and a long
service life without compromising traction capabilities. These machines often
operate in very distant locations and the tires must be trouble-free."
The new product comes in two versions: Logger King LS-2 and
Logger King LS-2 Extreme. The standard version is suitable for the majority of
the environments and machines starting from small to medium sized skidders.
Both versions feature a new rubber compound resulting from a test period of
many years in the most demanding conditions all over the world.
Logger King LS-2 Extreme has a more robust carcass structure
and extra steel layers giving it a high ply rating and ultimate protection
against punctures. The extreme version is for the most severe environments and
the strongest and heaviest machines. The biggest size in the range, 35.5L-32,
is available only in the extreme version.
Caleb Haney, a forestry worker from Meridian, Miss., says
"When the rain gets really heavy we just have to stop working. The soil type
here is such that when it gets wet, the trucks can no longer come and get the
timber. These slippery slopes are not so easy for us either.
"I really wouldn't need to quit just yet because my
tires work just fine. The problem is that not everyone has these same tires on
The Nokian Logger King LS-2 is available in five sizes.
Nokian Logger King LS-2 features
The tread is open and aggressive with shovel shaped lugs for
the best possible self-cleaning and traction. Nokian says the high tread depth
together with wide and sharp lug design on the shoulder give excellent lateral
grip and protect the tire when chains are used. The tread also has special tire
protectors on the groove bottom for better protection in chain use. Nokian says
it has improved traction and balance by designing the tread to be straighter
thereby enabling wider contact with the ground.
The design also features straighter sidewalls. The new lug
design together with the sidewall structure form a wide and strong "push bar"
to the side of the tire against impacts.
Nokian says the Logger King LS-2 has a high strength textile
carcass with wide steel reinforcements under the tread. The Extreme version has
an even stronger carcass structure enabling high ply rating figures and extra
layers of steel breakers under the tread for protection against punctures.
Logger King features a single wire bead design. The hexagon
shape bead wire distributes the load evenly to the rim flange and prevents the
tire slipping on the rim. Nokian says the single wire construction also makes
the tire installation easier than the conventional design and prevents the tire
from being damaged during installation. The bead area of the Logger King has
specially designed rubber which is stiff and sturdy, and a unique rim protector
for sticks and stumps which tend to go between the tire and rim during
For more information, visit www.nokiantyres.com/loggerking