Komatsu Forest dominates the Australian Forwarder market for over 20 years
KOMATSU, FORMERLY Valmet, was late to enter the Australian Forwarder market but was quick to become the market leader since the early 90s. This was first achieved with the 892 followed by the introduction of the black 890 in the 90’s and 890.1 in early 2000. This was quickly followed by the 890.2 and the 890.3. The 890.1 was the first Nordic Forwarder trialled and tested in Australia before its global release.
New Komatsu 895 much larger than previous model Komatsu 890.3
There have been well over 500 Valmet / Komatsu Forwarders delivered into the Australian market with more than 220 of the 890 Dot Series since its release in 2000. This included the 890.1, 890.2, and the 890.3 which gained a reputation as one of the best ever 18 tonne Forwarders to be released.
The benefits of a high population are increased parts availability and a strong demand in the used market especially low hour 890.3’s which command a high resale value compared to low population Forwarders. Unfortunately, Australian forestry machine sales slowed during the GFC period which coincided with the development of the Komatsu 895 in Sweden which was release in late 2012.
The ongoing market demand for a larger Forwarder saw the Komatsu 895 grow to 20 tonne capacity and it wasn’t achieved by just expending the log bunks and increasing horsepower. This capacity increase required a total rethink on the powertrain especially the diffs, bogies and wheel size to handle the increase in power and weight transfer to the ground. In fact, Komatsu Forest working with Nokia Tyres had to develop a total new tyre size 780/50 x 28.5 to meet these demands as the 750/50 x 25.5 created excessive tyre/rim slippage and wear the increased capacity. This new larger tyre size is available in both “TRS” and “F” style tread patterns with the latter suitable for tracks
■ The 895 has also proven to be very versatile handling any thinnings job
■ New Komatsu 895 much larger than previous model Komatsu 890.3