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Canadian Forest Industries offers a look at the latest forwarders for the Canadian market.

June 17, 2016  By Staff Report

The EcoLog D series forwarders range in size from 10-, 12-, 14- and 19.5-tonne load capacity. Due to its narrow stance, the mid-size 574D forwarder can be utilized in thinnings or with the bunks widened to the maximum position, used for final harvest blocks. All models are equipped with the latest technology, which provides each unit with maximum power and high performance while maintaining low fuel consumption.

Logset Oy manufactures forwarders, harvesters and harvester heads equipped with the company´s own control system and measuring device. The biggest forwarder 12F GT (20 tons capacity) embraces all valued Logset standards in terms of reliability, low running costs and power to enhance productivity. The 12F GT convinces with its ability to carry the highest possible timber volume ever, its powerful 300 hp engine and its amplified tractive force of 250 kN. This massive forwarder shows outstanding performances in the most challenging terrain thanks to the newly patented DeX (decelerate assistant and protection system).

The 895 forwarder features a robust chassis and 20-tonne high capacity bunk. A powerful Tier 4 interim engine delivers higher horsepower, higher torque and lower fuel consumption compared to the prior model.  The rugged HST transmission and Comfort Bogie portal axle design provide the ideal combination of traction, speed and comfort.  The spacious cab provides excellent visibility in all directions and a high level of operator comfort. Powerful crane options and HD grapples with ProTec hose protection generate high productivity.


Tigercat’s new 1055C, 1075C and 1085C forwarders are powered by Tigercat FPT engines which are fully supported by Tigercat, including all parts, service, warranty and technical support. The low-wide bunk system combined with the new hooked crane improves visibility and decreases load/unload cycles while reducing the chance of the crane contacting the gate. Tigercat forwarders have a carrying capacity from 14 to 25 tonnes.

John Deere
The John Deere E-Series forwarders are available in six different models with load capacities from nine to 19 tonnes. The rotating and smooth-levelling cab provides a 360-degree view with the boom following simultaneously. The TimberMatic F-12 control system provides reliable, efficient control of all forwarder functions. Additionally, the John Deere PowerTech Plus Tier 3 diesel engines offer uncompromised power and fuel efficiency.

The Barko 612 forwarder is powered by a 200 hp Volvo diesel engine and offers a gross load capacity of 24,000 pounds. A joystick-controlled Kesla crane with an extendable boom and bypass grapple makes loading simple. Several engineering upgrades have been made from previous models to enhance performance and minimize ownership costs over the life cycle of the machine, including a Dana 32,000 Series 6-speed Powershift transmission, increased cooling capacity, updated torque converters, and improved cab mounts and frame.

Cat forwarders feature high hydraulic flow, state-of-the-art controls, and fast travel speeds. The Cat 584HD forwarder is the most powerful in the family and meets the demanding requirements of forest harvesting.  The Cat 584HD forwarder has a payload capacity of 20 metric tons, and the structures are designed for extended hours of use with the capability to be rebuilt for a second life.

The Rottne F18D is a large forwarder with a load capacity of 18 tonnes, providing more efficient transport for long forwarding distances. An adjustable load area is available as an option for the F18. The portal bogies, with large wide wheels, provide excellent bearing capacity and smooth and gentle travel. The wagon is available in two frame lengths and the load area has a very low centre of gravity.

The new Ponsse ElephantKing forwarder is designed for extremely demanding conditions and heavy loads. The ultimate tractive force, powerful engine and the staggering 20-tonne carrying capacity guarantee efficient timber transportation both on sloping sites and during long transports. The durable frame structure, strong bogies, sturdy cylinder-powered frame oscillation lock complete with the high ground clearance ensure smooth operation, even under difficult operating conditions.

The TimberPro TF 830, TF 840 and TF 810 are built for versatility in the forest. Each model comes standard with 360-degree continuous-rotation, allowing the operator to face their work. The 15-, 20- or 22-ton bogie axles are configured to allow front and rear axles to track perfectly even in the tightest turns. Combination units can handle harvesting attachments up to 4000 lbs. and can change to a grapple in about 10 minutes.


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