New skidder for Tigercat at DEMO
Tigercat was in full force at Demo International 2012. Not only did the company bring a full complement of machines including feller bunchers, harvesters, skidders, forwarders, the 480 mulcher and the 880 logger, Tigercat also debuted an all-new machine and brought over 100 team members from all facets of the company.
By John Tenpenny
Tigercat employees interacted with customers and Tigercat dealer personnel from across Canada, the northeastern US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana and Scotland. In addition, Bobby Goodson of Swamp Logger fame was onsite talking to fans and signing autographs throughout the event.
The live demonstrations consisted of two separate applications, a softwood clear fell and a hardwood partial cut. On the softwood side, the felling was accomplished with a Tigercat H845C harvester equipped with a Logmax 7000XT head and forwarded to roadside with the 20-tonne capacity 1075B forwarder.
On the hardwood side, an 822C equipped with Tigercat’s new FC5185 bar saw felled. A 630D skidder pulled to roadside where the wood was processed with an H855C harvester equipped with Tigercat’s TH575 harvesting head. Tigercat also pulled full tree hardwood to a CBI flail/chipper that was equipped with the Tigercat 215 loader.
Of the static machines, the big 880 logger and 480 mulcher received a lot of attention but all eyes were on the prototype 615C six-wheel drive skidder.
The 615C fills a real void in the marketplace. For contractors with lower volumes or extremely tight and challenging partial cuts, a 635D is just not the right machine for the job. With the 615C, contractors can now have all the advantages of a six-wheel drive skidder – excellent traction, high performance in steep and soft terrain and a smoother ride – in a compact package with a lower purchase price. And what will be most shocking to contractors is the drive speed. Tigercat will be reporting more on the speed and performance of the 615C after it hits the field.