Harvesting New Gear
May 15, 2018
Logset hybrid forest machine demo tour starts in Finland
By Logset Oy
Finnish forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy will arrange a demo tour with the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid harvester. The demo tour starts in Kouvola, Finland on May 18, 2018 with a demo of three forest machines. The demo is unique as it marks the hybrid harvester’s first public demo in Finland. Logset launched the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid harvester, in 2016.
“In our hybrid harvester, the hybrid technology is integrated in the machine’s diesel engine,” Logset managing director Jussi Malmi said. “The hybrid technlogy increases the machine’s efficiency and torque, even though the size of the diesel engine is quite small relative to the size of the machine.”
The revs of the engine can be kept at a constant level, even though the power needed by the harvester can vary significantly during work cycles when the harvester is cutting and delimbing trees. The hybrid technology increases the efficiency of the machine by 27 per cent, while fuel consumption and emissions per harvested cubic metre are significantly decreased.
Globally, about 1,800,000,000 m3 of wood is harvested annually for industrial purposes. Around one third of this amount is harvested with machines similar to the Logset hybrid harvester.
“Hybrid forest machines represent the up-and-coming trend in the manufacturing of forest machines,” Malmi said. “I’m glad Logset has created an innovation with a real positive impact on the environment. If one third of the wood harvested in the world were produced with hybrid harvesters, we would save some 129,591,000 litres of fuel and produce about 342,852,000 kg less CO2 emissions.”
After the demo in Finland, the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid will Continue the demo tour in Germany and France.