In the wild with BKT
Forestech, FS 216, F 240 and TR 678 are the four product lines designed by the Indian manufacturer to meet the needs of modern forestry
No crisis here! Despite the global repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, the forestry sector appears to be standing its ground: world demand for timber and its main by-products has witnessed a steady growth in recent years, a trend that will most likely continue in the future. For this very reason, it is necessary that wood comes from a sustainable and perfectly structured production system. Modern forestry, in fact, works with the aim of not damaging the forests creating, at the same time, the conditions for the regrowth or the planting of a new tree for each one that is felled, so as not to alter forest ecosystems.
Such an organised system, which allows hundreds of millions of tons of wood to be delivered all over the world every year, needs precise and smooth operations: cultivation strategies, planning, specific machines and tools. Tires also play a vital role in this system, as they are called upon to withstand one of the most demanding working conditions on the planet. The use to which they are subjected are in fact extreme, moving on uneven terrain and different surfaces, sometimes muddy or rocky, with high slopes, often in the presence of logs or other types of obstacles. In view of this, the forestry world, also in terms of tires, requires specific skills: strength, load capacity, stability in all conditions of use are clearly needed.
To meet these demands, Indian manufacturer BKT has designed highly specialised tires, which, although developed in a lab, stemmed from observing real working conditions, to allow the machines used to make the most of all their power. BKT offers four lines of forestry products for different types of machines and equipment: forest harvesters, timber-loading machines, logging machines and transport vehicles.
The four tires are Forestech, FS 216, F 240 and TR 678, designed to offer superior resistance, for a longer production life, which in turn translates into fewer replacements and machine downtime, with environmental and economic advantages.
Forestech was designed for forwarders and self-loading machines which operate in the difficult or even extreme situations. It features a steel belt structure, an extremely tough bead and a reinforced shoulder area to resist punctures. In addition to its durability, Forestech has also been designed to offer high load and traction capacities even in heavy duty conditions. It is available in 4 sizes (710/40 - 22.5, 600/55 - 26.5, 710/45 - 26.5, 750/55 - 26.5).
FS 216 was designed for forwarders and skidder trawlers, and features a robust lug design with a wider angle to enhance the traction performance of the lugs. BKT has designed this tire to offer durability, resistance to punctures, cuts and tears even in the toughest conditions, self-cleaning properties and high loading capacity, as well as traction. Available in two different versions with steel or aramid belt structure, it is available in 22 sizes ranging from 18.4 - 30 to DH35.5L - 32.
TR 678 on the other hand, is dedicated to harvesting machines. It is a versatile tire, which also lends itself well to digging operations and is equipped with steel belts, which, together with its specially designed compound, makes it resistant to damage and punctures. It is also characterised by its high load-bearing capacity, while its tread has been designed to maximise traction, self-cleaning properties and road handling. The TR 678 is available in 8 sizes, from 280/60 - 15.5 to 700/55 - 34.
F 240 is the tire specifically designed by BKT for log handling, and its tread pattern has been designed to offer high performance in terms of traction, manoeuvrability and self-cleaning. It is equipped with a special compound that optimises resistance to cuts and flaking, for a longer tire life, while the width of its footprint on the ground enhances stability. F 240 is available in sizes 18 - 15.5 and 400 - 15.5.