Is James Jones the builder of Highlander brand equipment / conversions or are they another firm ?
It certainly is. Their engineering division was at Foundry Loan , Larbert, Stirlingshire - now a housing estate.
BulldozerD11 wrote:Can you point me to any more info on Cheftain Forge and James Jones so i can add them to my list of converters etc.
Sadly no, at least not on the web. I was involved in different ways with the two companies and have some literature from both and had the privilege to look through Chieftains archive before the place shut. Jones even had a librarian, so hopefully their collection still exists!!
BulldozerD11 wrote:Wartsilla as a crane manufacturer are a new one to me - thanks
Great little timber crane, the slewing rams revolving with the crane, strangely. Many users were disapointed when they ceased production.
BulldozerD11 wrote: So then why have front wheels then - so drop the axle and create the 'classic' ADT layout, as the front wheels would only get caut up in the trash and stumps etc in the forest. But who did it first is the $10,000 question
All done and well documented Dave, as the Scandinavians had a HUGE number of forest machine manufacturers at the time building ever developing machines, often on British tractors with Massey, Ford, Muir-Hill and County being the basis for pretty sophisticated integrated forwarders, not just tractor and trailer things. A great read, illustrating much of it, is a book called Tracks in the Forest.