Equipment spotlight: feller bunchers 2021
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff Report
The newest feller bunchers available to Canadian loggers
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff Report
Pierce steep slope booms are clearing the way to the extreme slopes of west coast forests. Mounted on leveling feller bunchers, these purpose-built booms are able to reach a significantly greater segment of the terrain where traditional forestry equipment is only able to reach a portion of a steep job site. Pierce live heel configurations are available for directional felling, as well as shovel logging. For directional felling, two-piece booms are available as well. Pierce boom configurations can operate in conjunction with a tethering system which will allow operators to virtually eliminate dangerous and costly hand cutting.
Tigercat has recently added the 822E feller buncher to its track buncher line-up. Based on the popular 822D, the 822E is designed for challenging thinning and final felling applications. The powerful lift capacity, tight-tuck ER boom geometry, and compact tail-swing make the 822E the perfect choice for selective felling where minimum site impact is important. The 822E can be equipped with the Tigercat FPT N67 Non-certified, Tier 4f or Stage V engine, producing 210 kW (282-hp). A redesigned engine enclosure provides improved roof access for cleaning debris. A boom slider also reduces debris build-up in hard to reach areas. The clamshell style enclosure and drop-down side platform allow easy access to all sides of the engine. Service access to the hydraulic pump area has been increased, and a spring assisted pump cover makes it easy to open. Hydraulic improvements include quicker anti-stall response, consistent anti-cavitation flow and better heat rejection.
The Eltec 277 feller bunchers are built entirely in Quebec by loggers for loggers. Element Technologies built the 277 feller bunchers with the same features, structure, and brute force power as they have in their entire line up of machines. From the extra-large swing motor and swing gear providing industry-leading swing torque, to the D7 size nine roller undercarriage delivering 100,000 ft. lbs. tractive effort, these machines are beasts in the bush! The Cummins QSL9 diesel engine pumps out over 320-hp, providing tons of power to the pumps and mass flow manifold allowing maximum flow for exceptional multi-function capabilities.
The powerful line of John Deere tracked feller bunchers includes six models and provides loggers with the reliability and productivity they need for variety of applications. Equipped with a 300-hp or 330-hp engine based on the model, the M-Series tracked feller bunchers provide reliable multi-function performance. A longer, wider machine undercarriage provides maximum power and stability, no matter the environment, and strong tractive effort increases capability for difficult or steep terrain or deep snow. The comfortable operator station features fully adjustable armrests, fingertip control of all machine functions and an air-conditioned seat that offers daylong comfort in the climate-controlled cab.
The TimberPro D-series family of tracked feller bunchers offer the performance, durability and features necessary to be successful in today’s extreme logging environment. The D-series consists of a full line of track feller bunchers offering dozens of configurations. Take it up another notch with the recently released TL755D West Coast Edition, offering performance and stability rivaling much larger tail swing bunchers. All TimberPro track machine models come standard with a high performance, tried and true closed loop track drive system for optimal performance. IQAN controls allow for fine-tuning of different functions to tailor the machine to each operator’s operating style. Power comes from a Cummins L9 engine with a simplified and reliable Stage V after-treatment system, which offers increased efficiency while delivering class leading power.
Weiler Forestry offers two reduced tail swing track feller buncher models, the B457 and B458. These productive new machine platforms feature excellent multi-function capability with dedicated pumps, a new cab that maximizes operator experience, field-proven components, and excellent serviceability. The Weiler B457 and B458 track feller buncher models have the latest Tier 4 final Cat C9.3 engine that produces 298-hp. Purpose-built harvester versions, the H457 and H458, are also available. The B457 and B458 provide a leading combination of lift capacity, swing torque, and drawbar. Multi-function performance is achieved through dedicated pumps and optimized circuit configurations. The spacious cab maximizes operator visibility by providing an open field of view to the work area and upwards through a large skylight. An optional 14 LED light package is available for improved productivity in night shift operations and an optional heated and cooled seat keeps operators comfortable all day long.