About Hood Manufacturing

Building the "American Dream"


And quality equipment since 1965!


HOOD Equipment fabricates a broad range of forestry equipment and specializes in custom machinery designed for your specific needs. We constantly develop new products and solutions to fit customized applications and are dedicated to providing the lowest cost-per-ton harvesting solutions. With over fifty years of experience, we love a good challenge and are confident we will exceed your expectations.

From harvesting to loading, and land clearing to biomass, HOOD’s innovative forestry line includes: skidders, loaders, loggers, tree harvesting systems, forwarders and felling and processing attachments, severe duty off-road applications such as land clearing and site preparation, and variety of niche applications. HOOD Equipment has manufactured over 10,000 machines, giving our customers a complete line of logging equipment to deliver maximum results on heavy duty jobs.

John Hood established HOOD Equipment Inc. in Iron River, Wisconsin in 1965, where our privately owned headquarters and dealership progress today. Shortly after John opened, he saw a gap in equipment solutions, so he designed and built the HOOD mobile slasher. By fusing his own ideas with elements of the machinery he was already selling, he improved the overall function, productivity, and useful lifespan of logging machinery. The HOOD mobile slasher is used in many logging applications today, proving to have revolutionized the logging industry.

John’s vision became to improve the safety, comfort, and durability of logging equipment, and we do just that. Today, our engineering and production team is in house. Their average tenure is over 20 years. Using cutting edge technology and current industry knowledge, we deliver the highest quality and most affordable products available.

As HOOD continues to expand, we proudly maintain our original core value that started it all 50 years ago: Provide quality product tailored to the customer’s needs while keeping the cost to a minimum. The demand for HOOD’s material handling equipment is strong from coast to coast. We are searching for reputable businesses to help us deliver. Become a HOOD Equipment authorized dealer. Email joyce@hoodloaders.com to learn about opportunities.

For buy direct, call us at 715-372-4222. You’ll speak with a real person and get real information right away. If there a special application for which you need a solution, we can do it.