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Since the 1950s, forestry has evolved from very manual handling to involving machines in almost every moment

The transition from manual harvesting to power saws began in the 1950s. Final harvesting became mechanised towards the end of the 1970s but thinning and a high proportion of final harvesting was still performed with power-driven saws until the early 1980s. Then thinning was also taken over by harvesters due to the invention of the single-grip harvester.

The introduction of machinery significantly rationalised forestry. In the 1970s, a forestry worker harvested about 10 m³ per day. A modern machine now harvests between 200 and 300 m³ per day.