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Prototype Hydrostatic Tractor skidder
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No: 3906   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1978
Prototype Hydrostatic Tractor skidder

Photograph is courtesy and copyright of Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Roslin, and provided with help from Glen Brearley. FR Photo number No B8345 taken by I A Anderson.

Articulated tractor with four hydraulically driven wheels on test at Alice Holt. Concept by a Forestry Commission Research team. Which engineering company was involved? Any history of this development? Photographs taken about 1978.

See PDF for more views of test.
Picture added on 16 February 2018 at 15:59
add commentComments:
This is a Roadless Traction "Logmaster" Hydrostatic Skidder.

I don't think that many were made but a Google search shows one for sale at present.

Added by Jimmy Thain on 20 February 2018.
The development of this machine is covered in Forestry Commission leaflet 59, of 1974 (priced at 27 pence!)

There were a surprising number about, with the last one being built by a company in Wales from the remaining parts stocks when Roadless went bust.

Added by David Shearer on 23 March 2018.
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