Tigercat’s new LX830D feller buncher
February 23, 2016 - The new LX830D feller buncher for steep slope felling applications is Tigercat powered to meet North American Tier 4 emissions requirements.
By Andrew Macklin
With tight tuck boom geometry and minimal tail swing, the Tigercat powered LX830D feller buncher is a powerful, yet compact machine suited to selective felling and clear fell applications. The LX830D enhances steep slope felling with a number of improvements aimed at service access, ergonomics and hydraulic efficiency.
The 245 kW (330 hp) Tigercat FPT C87 Tier 4 Final engine is housed in a completely redesigned upper enclosure with significantly improved right hand side visibility. At the push of a button, the clamshell style enclosure fully opens with swing-out side doors for easy access to critical components, daily maintenance points and both sides of the engine. A larger fuel tank increases capacity to 585 L and includes ground level fueling.
The new cab structure with narrower front posts and larger side windows enhances visibility. The skylight has been replaced by a camera system providing the operator with a much wider field of view. The LX830D is now standard equipped with LED lighting for improved productivity in nightshift operations.
The updated cab interior is quieter and instrumentation is thoughtfully placed to optimize ergonomics. The electronic control system interface is an intuitive 18 cm (7 in) colour touchscreen for machine monitoring and function adjustment. There are also multiple mounting points for additional electronic devices, an auxiliary input port, Bluetooth audio with hands free calling and two 12 VDC power outlets.
Tigercat’s patented leveling system provides stability in steep slope applications. With massive cylinders, thick steel and tapered roller bearings, the leveling system provides reliability and long life.