This section of the Forest Operations Equipment Catalog includes various analysis tools that can be used to calculate the costs of various types of forest operations. Many of these tools were developed for specific types of operations or regions of the country and thus should only be used with caution outside of the original scope. Each page in this section describes the tool and discusses the uses and limitations of the tool. It is important to follow those guidelines to ensure that results from the calculations are applicable to the problem being analyzed.
Always remember when using analytical tools that the output is only as good as the input and there is a limit to the usefulness of any tool. All analytical tools are developed using certain assumptions and design parameters. Analyzing a system that is outside design assumptions and parameters involves extrapolating the data into regions that the tool may not apply.