New Gear
March 22, 2017 - ARDCO’s new Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck (AMT) features a modular back-end platform that offers the flexibility to customize the vehicle to suit any work environment, from urban construction projects to extreme off-road jobsites.

The powerful and rugged AMT is designed to accept a wide array of standard and customizable attachments. Available configurations include a bare chassis, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, dump bed, service and lube station, utility bed, personnel carrier, pipe trailer, drill, and custom solutions. End-users can easily change attachments, while rental companies can serve a variety of customer applications with a single machine.

Multiple tire choices – tractor, construction, terra or sand – help further configure the machine to various work conditions in construction, oil and gas, railroad, utility, forestry and agriculture. The AMT can navigate difficult terrain and work in any environment.

Powered by a 250-horsepower Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, the AMT 600 model features selectable 4- or 6-wheel-drive and offers a maximum payload of 45,000 pounds. The AMT 400 model has a 200-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 engine, offers 2- or 4-wheel-drive, and provides a max payload of 28,000 pounds for hauling fuel, water, dirt and more. Top travel speed for each unit is 23 miles per hour.

The AMT features a two-person, fully enclosed, all-weather ROPS cab that is sound rated to 68 dB. An upgraded 7-inch display is incorporated in the steering column, providing digital gauges with onboard diagnostics, digital manual access, and an optional backup camera display. A streamlined front-end angle offers the driver panoramic visibility to enhance safety.

Specifically built for off-road travel, the AMT includes a high-strength center pivot trunnion with approximately 20 degrees of oscillation, which allows all the tires to maintain ground contact and traction while travelling over rough terrain. Dual hydraulic cylinders provide 37 degrees of steering each way, allowing not only great maneuverability, but also added traction. The articulating motion allows the tires to slide left or right in wet/muddy terrain and gain traction instead of spinning in one place and digging a rut.

Both models include a Dana 6-speed powershift transmission with twist grip shifter. The AMT 600 features AxleTech rigid planetary axles with driver controlled differential lock, while the AMT 400 has Dana rigid planetary axles with automatic limited slip differentials, front and rear.

Optional accessories include a hydraulically operated front push blade, front-mounted hydraulic winch, heavy-duty front bumper/brush guard, and auxiliary hydraulics. The AMT is covered by a limited one-year warranty.
March 22, 2017 - Caterpillar now offers the High Rotation Seat cab and an enhanced monitor display for Cat D Series wheel skidders. The High Rotation Seat cab offers 100 degrees of seat rotation and features the new Cat Advanced Ride Management (Cat ARM) seat suspension for ergonomics and comfort for the operator.

The ability to rotate the seat 100 degrees when picking up bunches, working and backing the skidder around the deck, and backing down long skid trails improves operator ergonomics and efficiency.

Combined with the integrated Cat ARM seat suspension, a four-point seat belt, and joystick steering, the High Rotation Seat reduces operator fatigue and provides leading ride quality for the operator. “Ride quality for the operator is best in class,” said Matt McDonald, Caterpillar Wheel Skidder Product Application Specialist.

The Cat High Rotation Seat design allows the use of the most productive, efficient and only powershift transmission in the market, delivering more wood to the deck more efficiently. It enables loggers to maximize profitability by increasing utilization of the skidder because of improved operator ergonomics and efficiency. It contributes to faster cycle times and longer skid distances, which reduce time and cost to move landings or decks.

A key safety advantage of the Cat High Rotation Seat is the utilization of the park brake to hold the machine in place when the operator is rotating the seat. The park brake will automatically apply when the seat is released. The machine is secured even in adverse terrain. Once the seat locks into position and an operator commands a direction, the park brake is released automatically, further improving safety.

Numerous safety interlocks ensure there is no accidental seat release command initiated at high speed, and the throttle pedal in the opposite position is disabled to ensure there is no accidental throttle command.

The proven powershift and lock-up torque converter technology distinguish Cat skidders since they do not utilize a hydrostatic drive system nor hydrostatic braking to hold the machine in place when the seat is rotated.

“Because we use the park brake to hold the machine in place when the operator rotates the seat, the skidder will not ‘creep’ even if it is on a slope,” said McDonald. “It enhances safety. And the proven powershift and lock-up torque converter means faster cycles when the skidder goes back into the woods empty.”

The semi-active Cat ARM seat suspension is a revolutionary development in seat suspension technology that Caterpillar has used in other products since 2013 and was introduced in skidders last year. The suspension adjusts the rate of damping in real time in response to changing ground conditions. Along with the four-point seat belt, the Cat ARM seat suspension stabilizes the operator and virtually eliminates end stop events for a smooth ride, reducing strain and fatigue.

“When we developed the Cat ARM seat suspension, the feedback we received from operators about ride quality was unanimous,” said McDonald. “The improvement in overall operator comfort is unparalleled.”

The new monitor display provides clean, clear digital gauges and intuitive features to monitor machine systems.

The High Rotation Seat cab also includes an electronic seat rotation release-lock, Cat comfort seat, seat-mounted joystick steering controls with integrated transmission controls, seat-mounted grapple controls, dual throttle and brake pedal for full control in both seat positions, and hinged left-hand armrest for emergency exit.

For more information, contact your nearest Cat dealer or go to www.cat.com/forestry.
March 16, 2017 - Grapple yarding has been a mainstay on the BC Coast for decades. A grapple yarder pulls felled timber off steep slopes to a collection point. The grapple yarder is similar to the game at the fair where you try to grab a stuffed toy by controlling a grapple with a joystick.

Except, with a grapple yarder, the log may be 500 feet away or more from the Operator’s cab. In fact, the Operator may not even be able to see the log due to undulating slope or poor visibility. To help the grapple yard Operator spot and grab the logs, a person called a hook tender is located near the logs and communicates back to the Operator via a two-way radio.  The success rate is only moderately better than the game at the fair.

Worse, the hook tender can inadvertently end up in the line of fire through error or miscommunication. It was a solemn day at TimberWest in January 2015, when a hook tender was seriously injured when struck by a log.  On the incident investigation, the question was asked – “How can this situation be avoided going forward?”

The Holy Grail in safety is to engineer the risk out of the job. In the present case, the simple solution was to put a camera on the grapple and a screen in the Operator’s cab. It is astounding that in 2015, not one grapple yarder on Vancouver Island had a camera to help sight the logs.

Enter T-Mar Industries. T-Mar has been proudly operating in Campbell River for over 30 years designing and manufacturing forestry equipment, including grapple yarders. They were already thinking about the possibility of placing a camera on the grapple. TimberWest and T-Mar joined forces – TimberWest agreed to support T-Mar’s development costs, and soon after an initial order for eight cameras was placed to underpin the business case.

”We are very pleased to work with forward-thinking local companies like T-Mar to improve safety and productivity outcomes,” says Jeff Zweig, president and CEO of TimberWest. “T-Mar is working hard to innovate with its in-house engineering team. British Columbia has a truly world-class timber resource and challenging terrain. With that comes the opportunity to make B.C. a centre of global excellence in forest-sector technology and equipment. We have the ultimate proving ground.”

The Grapple Camera provides the Operator with an improved view of the working area, which reduces the potential risk of a Hook Tender being “in the bite," or the unsafe location where accidents can happen.

The first Contractor on board with this new technology was Fall River Logging. They received the first camera in November of 2015. To date, Kevin Playfair, manager of safety, and his Grapple Yarder Operator have been very impressed with the camera from both a safety and productivity point-of-view. “The feedback we received was immediately positive,” says Playfair, “Our guys can’t believe the difference the camera installation has made.” This endorsement led to more contractors adopting the technology.

“T-Mar Industries is committed to making technological improvements that help keep people safe,” says Tyson Lambert, vice-president at T-Mar. “We value partners like TimberWest because it means real-life safety advancement can happen on the ground. The belief in our technology by TimberWest is a prime example of how companies can work together to improve the safety of high risk activities in the forest, and we are very proud of that accomplishment.”

Like so many other situations, good safety leads to greater effectiveness. The camera not only removes an individual from a dangerous situation, it improves productivity by:

Allowing operations in foggy conditions (common occurrence in coastal B.C.)

  • Permitting low-light early starts (helpful during fire season)
  • Facilitating grabbing more than one log per cycle
  • Reducing log breakage
  • Freeing up the hook tender to prepare for the next Grapple Yarder move.
Today, all of the grapple yarders operating on TimberWest land must have a grapple camera. T-Mar is now commercializing the camera and selling it globally.

This is a great example of home-grown safety innovation by a local company and enthusiastic adoption by our contractors. This is how B.C. is going to assert itself as a global leader in the forest sector.
March 15, 2017 - Based on the XPower large wheel loaders, Liebherr has developed the L 580 LogHandler XPower for the particular requirements of the timber industry. The new XPower generation machine stands out thanks to its wide range of innovative features and the investment made into its sturdiness. Thanks to a special lift arm with major reinforcements, the L 580 LogHandler XPower can cover large working areas with a maximum reach of almost four metres. Productivity is increased by optimised timber grabs that can be adjusted in size for individual applications. The Smooth Speed Reduction system (SSR system) gives the L 580 LogHandler XPower utmost load handling sensitivity. And, just like on the latest Liebherr large wheel loaders, the core component of the machine is the power-split XPower driveline, which equates to robustness and provides optimal performance, high travel speeds and maximum fuel efficiency.
March 8, 2017 - During CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, Vermeer will introduce the new HG6800TX horizontal grinder. Featuring 950 hp (708 kW) in a 92,000 lb (41,730.5 kg) class, and an infeed design to aid in feeding larger material such as whole trees, the new grinder is built to power through tough materials with less operator interaction. More information on the HG6800TX will be available on Vermeer.com in the coming months.

Precise Design


“The HG6800TX is designed for large-scale land-clearing contractors to help maximize productivity and efficiency,” said Jeff Bradley, product manager for Recycling and Forestry equipment at Vermeer. “The feed roller on this machine can climb up to 50” (127 cm) to help tackle the tough material elements that land-clearing contractors often come across.”

The new infeed on the HG6800TX was designed with low sidewalls to help the operator more easily load material into the machine. This feature allows larger loads to be dropped on the infeed with less interaction and manipulation of the material, so the operator can drop the load and focus on the next one.

Exclusive Technology

Equipped with the latest technology from Vermeer, the HG6800TX features the patented Series III duplex hard-faced drum. In addition to providing long-lasting durability, maintenance time is decreased with the ability to remove and flip or replace single hammers, as well as being able to externally balance the drum

The remote control puts the machine control menu and machine operating information at the user’s fingertips so operators can monitor machine health from the loader cab.

With the optional Damage Defense system, contractors who deal with contaminated wood can help protect their equipment by reducing the likelihood of major machine damage caused by certain metal contaminants entering the hammermill. The system reacts to the initial contact of metal by reversing the feed system to allow for removal.

The HG6800TX also features proven Vermeer technologies like SmartFeed and the Thrown Object Deflector (TOD). SmartFeed optimizes machine performance and production electronically and allows the operator to focus on loading raw product and move finished product about the jobsite. The function stops and reverses material from feeding into the hammermill when engine rpm’s drop below efficient operating range.

The patented TOD decreases the quantity and distance of thrown objects, allowing the machine to be operated in a smaller “safe” work zone. The feature is hinged and can be raised or lowered depending upon grinding applications, simply with the remote control.
March 8, 2017 - The brand new Kootrac 3600 pictured working in Cottage Grove, Ore., is designed with safety in mind  and engineered for steep, challenging terrain and minimal site disturbance. Kootrac’s hydrostatic drive, high speed, steel track swing grapple /skidder increases production in the most challenging terrain.It provides the perfect alternative to winch assist  directional falling on slopes to 50-55 per cent. The high speed (max 9mph high) track and torsion suspension conforms to uneven ground

and minimizes site disturbance.Its swing boom grapple design easily accesses and moves bunched wood to roadside and landings. It also offers a four-way or six-way hydraulic angle tilt blade,  and rear and grapple cameras.

www.kmc-kootrac.com

 
March 7, 2017 - Morbark, LLC, a manufacturer of forestry, biomass, tree care, sawmill, and wood recycling equipment, debuted the 3400XT Wood Hog horizontal grinder at this year’s CONEXPO show.

“Morbark listened closely to customer feedback while developing the design for the 3400XT,” said Michael Stanton, Morbark director of industrial sales. “The result is that we were able to provide the features our customers want and the versatility they need, while staying true to our proven technology.”

One of the most important features of the 3400XT is its standard width of 8’4″ (2.53 m), making it within the legal transport width in any country, no matter what engine is used. This model accommodates engines from 540 to 800 horsepower (402 to 596 kW), so it is ideal for a broad range of applications in a wide variety of markets worldwide. Like all of Morbark Wood Hog models, the 3400XT also is available with electric power.

“The size of the 3400XT allows the same model, using a broad range of engines, to be configured for multiple applications and global markets without additional design considerations,” said Stanton.

New Operator-Friendly Features

Customer feedback also steered Morbark towards creating more operator-friendly features on the Wood Hog. Key among these are the design of the infeed bed and the maintenance platform.

The infeed bed is an additional 24 inches (60.96 cm) longer with sloped sides. This configuration improves operator sight lines for more efficient loading of material. Standard on the 3400XT is a removable infeed chain return floor, which allows excess material to fall away to minimize the wear on the floor, bed chain and inserts, particularly useful in land-clearing or other applications with dirty material.

The variable-speed infeed system consists of one 34-inch (86.36 cm) diameter top compression feed roll; a direct-driven internal planetary drive with no chains and sprockets for lower maintenance, more torque and better durability; and four strands of WDH-120 chain in a staggered configuration.

When maintenance is required, it’ll be quicker and easier to perform on the extended platform. The area between the hood and the engine has been reconfigured to provide an additional 12 inches (30.48 cm) of working space, for better access to components for general maintenance or to change screens.

Other Key Features

Morbark’s proven and exclusive driveline protection system is standard on all Wood Hog models. The externally adjustable, break-away torque limiter helps to protect the driveline and hammermill from catastrophic damage caused by contaminants.

The 3400XT is available with either Strickland or CAT undercarriage options. While the first unit built is a tracked unit, this model can be manufactured in a trailer or stationary unit as well (3400X).

The remote-mounted radiator and oil cooler have independent reversing fans.

The 3400XT is equipped with the Morbark Integrated Control System — or MICS. The ultimate diagnostics tool and control system, this allows the operator to automatically adjust feed rates and monitor pressures and feed wheel position to maximize production and engine efficiency. New smart device apps allow you to connect to your machine using your phone or tablet’s Bluetooth or allow you to connect your machine directly to Morbark, so Morbark personal will be able to view and edit your machine’s settings and program or send you updated programming.

Other standard features include an 11-horsepower (8.2 kW) air compressor for general maintenance and changing inserts; the self-contained rod puller for changing rods in the hammermill; and a magnetized end pulley with collecting slide tray for removal of ferrous metals.

Attendees at CONEXPO can see the 3400XT in person. Stop by Morbark’s booth (#S-5682 in the Silver Lot) for more information on this or any other Morbark equipment.
March 2, 2017 - Komatsu America Corp. has announced a completely new line of EPA Tier 4 Final certified forwarders. This new 845, 855, 875 and 895 lineup provides increased performance, productivity, operator comfort and convenience, and serviceability, compared to the prior 855.1, 865 and 895 Tier 4 Interim models. The 845 is a new, additional model which competes in the 12 metric ton payload class.

Performance and Productivity

Rated payload capacities for the 845, 855, 875 and 895 are 12, 14, 16 and 20 metric tons, respectively, and provide broad market coverage. The 875 model is in a unique size class, compared to competitors, who have either 15 or 18 metric ton capacity.

These EPA Tier 4 Final certified engines provide 9 per cent to 15 per cent more horsepower and lower fuel consumption, compared to the prior models. In addition, they also produce 9 per cent more engine torque on the 875 and 895 models.             

Along with the increased horsepower, these engines also feature high torque backup, high capacity cooling systems and lower noise levels, for high performance and productivity.

Rough terrain capability has been significantly improved with larger hydrostatic transmission (HST) pumps and/or motors producing 3 per cent - 11 per cent higher tractive effort. The intelligent HST control unit continually responds to changes in terrain, load, engine power output and crane usage. This HST combines with the proven Komatsu Comfort Bogie system with high portal offset, 42º articulated steering, over 1” higher ground clearance, and V-shaped, high-strength, steel-frame bottom, to create the ideal combination of traction, speed, maneuverability and comfort in all driving conditions. A new, front blade arm design improves front-end ground clearance.

The rugged, updated Komatsu F-series family of parallel cranes feature high lifting and slewing torque for productivity.  The 875 has 14 per cent more lifting torque and 32 per cent more slewing torque, and the 895 has best-in-class lifting and slewing torque. Komatsu’s exclusive ProTec system provides excellent grapple hose protection for increased reliability.

The new, more robust FlexBunk system, with multiple frame lengths, optimizes the load space to further maximize productivity. The 845 and 895 feature the latest version of Komatsu’s patented rugged FlexGate headboard, which “flexes” when hit by the crane or log. The 855 & 875 use Komatsu’s fixed headboard with hydraulic telescopic upper gate.

Operator Comfort & Convenience

A modern cab serves as the centre point for operator comfort and convenience. Large windows offer 360° and upward/downward line-of-sight visibility, providing the operator with a widescreen working view. Fourteen (14) powerful LED working lights provide illumination, for improved productivity in low light conditions.

An air suspension, air-vented seat, fully adjustable ergonomic armrests and hand controls, and an automatic, four-season climate control system, keep the operator comfortable in all working conditions. The spacious cab has multiple covered and open storage areas, including separate heating/cooling boxes for food and beverages in the 855, 875 and 895 (optional on the 845).  The Komatsu Comfort Ride hydraulic cab suspension system option on the 855, 875 and 895 greatly reduces operator fatigue, due its smooth-ride characteristics.

A new, more powerful computer and Komatsu’s advanced MaxiXplorer control and information system allows the operator to track production, adjust machine settings, and track machine functions and status.  A deluxe AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system, with remote control, USB, Bluetooth, SiriusXM capability and handsfree microphone, comes standard. 

Serviceability

All daily maintenance checks and service points can be performed at ground level. All filters are now vertically mounted to minimize spills and ease replacement. The electrically-actuated engine hood tilts 90° to provide full engine access and serves as a work platform (manually-actuated hood on 845).  Separate hydraulic tank and crane service platforms allow easy access to these component areas. Eight (8) service hatches under the front and rear frames provide excellent drivetrain component access.
Feb. 28, 2017 - The distribution of Seppi products in Canada has changed. Instead of one company now there are two distributors working side by side: Maximum Equipment and Western Mulching & Crushing Equipment Ltd. (WMCE).

Maximum out of New Brunswick has been distributing Seppi products for several years and now is servicing all of eastern Canada including Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.

The newly formed company WMCE is operating out of Saskatchewan and is covering all the western provinces including Manitoba, B.C., and Alberta.

Both companies have an extraordinary staff with hands-on experience in the field of mulchers, crushers, and mowers, whether it be related to heavy equipment or agriculture. Getting spare parts has never been easier. Each distributor is able to help with parts for older machines according to model numbers.

Visit our new website www.seppi.com to see how our products have evolved, especially in regard to the needs of our Canadian customers.

Feb. 27, 2017 - John Deere has announced the latest updates to TimberNavi, the most robust update to its fully integrated digital mapping solution since its initial launch. Designed for use with the John Deere L-Series Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers and M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, the upgrade includes the integration of internet-enabled wireless data transfer, remote display access capabilities, and location history viewing of other JDLink-enabled machines. Developed based on aggregated customer feedback, these advanced features create a more connected jobsite, optimizing productivity for owners and jobsite foremen.  

“We’re committed to being at the forefront of developing technology that helps loggers keep up with the changing landscape of the forestry industry,” said Matt Flood, John Deere ForestSight Solutions product manager. “With the latest update we have built upon the technology we pioneered when TimberNavi first launched, providing loggers with a solution that saves time, improves efficiency and increases productivity.”

With this update, TimberNavi introduces four new features to help owners and operators increase uptime and cut costs:

·       Wireless Data Transfer – Managers save on time spent traveling and starting a new jobsite with the ability to wirelessly transfer digital maps to a machine.

·       Remote Location History Viewing – Managers can now monitor progress remotely, decreasing travel time and aiding in future bidding of jobs.

·       Remote Display Access – Dealers are able to provide better, faster customer support with the ability to troubleshoot the TimberNavi monitor remotely. Owners and managers can also remotely access the TimberNavi monitor to make adjustments for the operator and also import and export historical data to and from the office.

·       JDLink Compatibility –Operators have increased awareness through JDLink integration, allowing them to see other JDLink-enabled machines and respective tracking layers on the jobsite.

Launched in 2015, TimberNavi provides owners and operators maximum visibility to the jobsite, increasing efficiency and productivity in the woods. The update will maintain the key features of the initial launch, including custom map creation, a high-resolution touchscreen display, visual alarms based on customizable buffer zones, and most importantly, full support of a John Deere dealer. These features increase the operator’s spatial understanding of the terrain, harvesting areas and points of interest on a map, which in turn helps enhance productivity, increase uptime and deliver lower daily operating costs.

TimberNavi can be installed at the factory on new machines, or field-installed on existing machines through a local dealer. For more information about TimberNavi and the John Deere suite of technology solutions, please visit a local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.deere.com.
Feb. 22, 2017 - The 12,000th Ponsse forest machine was handed over to the customer on Feb. 21 at Ponsse's Vieremä factory. The Ponsse ScorpionKing was received by French family company Sarl NC Bois based in Trémilly.

“We have co-operated with NC Bois for a decade and I am very glad to be celebrating the 12,000th forest machine with our French customer. Last year was our best year of operations in France of all times, and our market share in France has developed positively. Furthermore, this milestone is for us as a Finnish company a great beginning to Finland's centennial year,” says Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponsse's sales and marketing director.

At the moment, a new Ponsse service centre, which will be opened in the spring, is being built in Labouheyre in southern France. The service centre is a part of this year's large investments in the service network and development and expansion of the production facilities. This year, new service centres will be completed in Ponsse's subsidiaries in the UK, Uruguay and France.

In France, Ponsse has three of their own service centres and some authorised service partners. The subsidiary Ponssé S.A.S. has been responsible for Ponsse's operations in France since 1996.

Family business as an asset 

Sarl NC Bois is a harvesting company established by two brothers, Nicolas and Mickael Cuny. The company started operating in 2007 with a used Ponsse HS16 harvester. In 2008, the brothers' father Claude Cuny joined in the business, and the following year, even a third brother, Billy Cuny, joined in. On an annual basis, Sarl NC Bois harvests and buys 50,000 m³ of wood with net sales of over EUR 2 million.

“Being a family company is an important asset for us,” Nicolas and Michael Cuny say.

The company can be described as a pioneer in machine acquisitions in France. In 2009, the company acquired the first eight-wheel Ergo in France, and the Ponsse ScorpionKing harvester acquired in 2014 was one of the first in France. At the moment, NC Bois is logging with ten Ponsse machines.

In total, Ponsse has manufactured about 450 Ponsse Scorpion harvesters that came into production in 2014, and has delivered machines into 20 countries.
Feb. 15, 2017 - John Deere is now offering Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) as an option on all 1910E Forwarders in North America. Now available on the biggest forwarder in the John Deere line-up, IBC technology significantly increases machine productivity and efficiency, while providing the best possible fuel economy and boom lifetime.

With intuitive IBC technology, the powerful CF8 boom on the 1910E is accurate, fast, and easy to operate, as the operator now controls the boom tip directly instead of controlling each of the independent boom joint movements manually. Additionally, by eliminating unnecessary extra movements, the IBC system extends the boom component wear life and allows for faster cycle times. 

“IBC is an option that operators have been quick to adopt in Northern European countries, with 80 per cent of machines being delivered with the technology,” said Niko Solopuro, product marketing manager WCTL Forwarders and Automation. “With the new configurable joysticks, we anticipate similar popularity for IBC in North America.”

The 1910E machines also feature new configurable joystick controls. The integration of the new joystick controls allows the dealer to quickly reconfigure the machine to meet the preference of the operator. One of three configuration options can be applied, providing the operator with an intuitive control system. The configurable joystick controls, when combined with the IBC technology, boost operator productivity.

John Deere’s 1910E Forwarder with the IBC option and configurable controls is now available in North America. IBC is also offered as an option on all of John Deere’s 1110E, 1201E and 1510E Forwarders.
Feb. 15, 2017 - After the launch of the 931 wheel harvester (6 wheels), Komatsu Forest is introducing for the spring of 2017, its new 931XC; the 8-wheel version of its 931.

The 931 and the 931XC both have the powerful Stage 4 Final, 251 HP engine and are now equipped with a 3-pump hydraulic system with optimized flow to head and crane functions simultaneously for maximum hydraulic power. The engine can now run at lower speed for optimal low fuel consumption.

The operator environment provides comfort and visibility. The AutoLev system ensures superior stability while travelling or operating; an important feature on uneven terrain.

MaxiXplorer is a harvesting software that is simple and visual, allowing the operator to make countless adjustments to collect production and operation data. MaxiXplorer makes it possible to optimize the harvesting and the cut in given lengths and diameters, or even based on the commercial value of each log.

The design of the Comfort bogies provides high ground clearance and better traction on uneven terrain, on steep slopes or in swampy ground.  The new 931XC has a double Comfort bogie for enhanced performance in the most demanding working conditions.

With the CRH230 parallel boom for fast cycle times, the 931 can adapt to a wide range of Komatsu harvesting heads, from 360.2, 365, S132 all the way to the high-performance C144, which is a stronger head equipped with the Constant Cut system for continuous sawing speed, whether in harvesting or cutting in lengths. Whatever the species or the diameter, you can always count on quick cuts.
Feb. 15, 2017 - Komatsu Forest launched recently a new version of its popular 895 giant forwarder.

This new edition has a Stage 4 Final; high performance 282 HP diesel engine. In standard or ECO mode, fuel consumption will be reduced significantly.

The newly designed operator environment in the 895 offers enhanced ergonomic features and increased visibility, while retaining all the main features that have made it so popular. With the powerful 165F loader and your choice of Komatsu grapple G36HD or G40, the 895 forwarder will be equipped with Comfort bogies and extra-large wheels (780 x 28.5) for unequalled ground clearance on sloping or swampy grounds.

The 895 has the largest loading capacity of all Scandinavian forwarders distributed in North-America, which will prove to be a great advantage for the long skidding distances on many of our harvesting sites.
Feb. 13, 2017 - The new Keto 873 processor is designed for processing larger trees in the demanding conditions of North America and beyond. Keto 873 is the latest model of the Keto product family. This 3360kg/7400lb head can be installed on 30+ ton tracked base machines. Kone-Ketonen and Quadco Equipment Inc will introduce the Keto 873 in the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene, between Feb. 23rd to 25th, 2017. 

Keto 873 was created based on the vision of CEO Lauri Ketonen, designed and produced by the engineering team lead by designer Mika Myllyniemi, and utilizes the best proven components available today. 

One new feature of the Keto 873 is the Rotobec rotator, which spins 360 degrees and beyond. This offers a totally new world of freedom and efficiency to operators. 

The Keto 873 design incorporates a well-proven Parker valve system. Functions are proportional and operate only on-demand, which are key factors in optimizing the fuel consumption of the base machine and running the system at the lowest possible temperature. 

Track feed motors are made by Danfoss like in other Keto models. The 500cc motors produce a level of nearly 4kN of true net pulling power making sure that even the toughest trees can be pulled and delimbed quickly and efficiently. 

Like in any Keto head the length measuring is done by the two feeding tracks. It is simple, extremely reliable and low cost to maintain. A larger front knife cylinder together with the bottom arm cylinder provides the needed holding power when pulling big trees from the deck. The geometries of the three moving and one fixed knives and arms have been optimized to handle the full range of diameters. Another very important feature in the Keto 873 is the shortest possible tilt frame with a very wide working angle. The short tilt minimizes the unwanted head sway caused by the boom movement, thus making the head easier to control. 



Kone-Ketonen Oy was founded 1984. For over 30 years it has been producing numerous models of harvesting heads for thinning and larger heads for clear-cutting and processing. About 5,000 heads have been produced so far. Kone-Ketonen exports about 80 per cent of its products to Europe, Japan, South and North-America. 
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