In 1951 Raymond B. Browns started hauling timber loads with his first International bob-tail truck. He would back up to a unit of lumber sitting on metal stands, and knock them over. The three live rolls, powered by the transmission, would roll the timber onto the back of the truck. After chaining down the live rolls and strapping down the lumber, he was on his way. Expanding his business, he grew his fleet to 60 logging trucks, building upon the foundation of solid business practices, quality service, hard work and establishing a good reputation for himself and his family. Demonstrating his patriotism, he used red, white and blue when painting his trucks. Soon, his log trucks dominated the portable sawmill business in Southern Oregon, expanding over the years into Northern California.
The classic tandem axle trailer is more convenient to use and dominates the market. However, the 4-wheel trailer has an advantage in hauling capacity. This is because of the weight rules widely used in the United States. A set of tandem axles is limited to 34,000 pounds while individual axles (more than 10 feet apart) can haul 20,000 pounds each. The trailer, because of the frame, is a couple of thousand pounds heavier than the classic trailer, but can haul 6,000 pounds more. [This is not a trivial increase in productivity.] The downside of the combination is that in order to get the wheel-base to bear the weight, the load needs to be longer than the standard 40 foot logs, so the usefulness of the combination is limited to poles or other specialty loads of extra long logs. The conventional log trailer is formed by the logs creating a bridge between the front and back wheels. A “bridge Load” is simply a load which ‘bridges from the truck to the trailer, with one end resting on each. TherSouthern Oregon log truck drivinge is a steel tube running from a pintail to the trailer which is called the ‘reach’. The supporting bunks on both the truck and the trailer swivel, and the reach is designed to change length as needed during a turn. The pintail height is located several feet behind the wheels of the truck, so as the truck turns one way, the pintail moves the other way. In effect if the truck steers left, the trailer is steered right. This compensates for the habit of trailers to cut corners. Although it is usually not done, it is possible to configure a log trailer to follow exactly in the tracks of the rear truck wheels, regardless of how short the turn is.
Around 1976 our company came up with the idea to increase diversity by mounting a set of stationary bunks onto a flat bed trailer. With a set of log bunks laid across the front & rear deck of the flat bed, you could haul loads just as easily as you could on a regular log truck. Today, R. B. Browns operates approximately 20 tandem log trucks throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California, carrying on the tradition of providing quality service at a reasonable price for our customers.
For more information about logging, or to generate business please contact Mike Ziegler at 541-890-4708. For more information about chip trucks or to generate business please contact Silas Qualls at 541-531-9998.