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Skidder \Skid"der\, n. One that skids; one that uses a skid; specif.: (Logging)

  1. One that skids logs.

  2. An engine for hauling the cable used in skidding logs.

  3. The foreman of a construction gang making a skid road.


n. 1 agent noun of skid; one who skids. 2 (context engineering English) a vehicle for pulling trees out of a forest. 3 The foreman of a construction gang making a skid road.

  1. n. a person who slips or slides because of loss of traction [syn: slider, slipper]

  2. a worker who uses a skid to move logs

  3. a tractor used to haul logs over rough terrain


A skidder is any type of heavy vehicle used in a logging operation for pulling cut trees out of a forest in a process called "skidding", in which the logs are transported from the cutting site to a landing. Here they are loaded onto trucks (or in times past, railroad cars or flumes), and sent to the mill. One exception is that in the early days of logging, when distances to the timberline from the mill were shorter, the landing stage was omitted altogether, and the "skidder" would have been used as the main road vehicle, in place of the trucks, railroad, or flume. Modern forms of skidders can pull trees with a cable/ winch, just like the old steam donkeys, or a grapple or a clam-bunk.

Usage examples of "skidder".

Besides, if Delaney and Tucker could drive a skidder, she wanted to learn how.

Alex buried his second groan in the grinding of the large diesel motor as he brought the huge skidder roaring to life.

Sarah had sat silently beside him in the pickup, and Alex had felt like a bigger monster than his skidder for turning her bubbling excitement into head-hanging shame.

However, they had never put Sarah behind the wheel of a ten-ton skidder dragging two tons of logs through the forest.

Worried about Alex, she was in no mood to talk to anyone, much less deal with brokers trying to find the last skidder engine and truck motor.

The skidder protested the sudden change of direction, its blunt chains digging into the icy road.

The two left wheels lifted off the ground when the skidder slammed into the snowbank, before dropping back onto all four wheels with a jarring thud.

Well, if she could get across it, this huge skidder sure as hell could.

The skidder reared up as its massive tires rolled onto the sleds, bucking violently when it crushed them with a sickening screech.

The deep, heavy whine sounded as if it was moving closer, and Alex recognized it as a skidder engine.

But he stopped less than five minutes later when he realized the skidder was heading up the trail toward him, snapping off trees in its path, the engine revving so violently he expected it to throw a rod at any moment.

He tramped well off the trail and into the protection of trees just as the large yellow skidder crested the rocky knoll not twenty yards away.

He jumped behind a large tree and covered his face with his arms to protect himself from the rocks, tree limbs, and chunks of ice the tires churned up as the skidder went roaring past.

He broke into a run and saw the skidder jammed up against a giant pine tree, its four massive tires still chewing up the frozen ground and spewing debris into the air.

As if watching a film in slow motion, Alex saw the skidder tilt, turn belly-up, and then disappear over the edge.