When it comes to difficult harvesting then Waratah can ‘head’ you in the right direction!
WARATAH RECENTLY introduced a new extra-robust large tree directional felling head, the FL-95, which was purposedesigned for difficult harvesting conditions.
It’s a heavy duty directional felling head that has been specifically designed for steep slope felling, handling oversize timber, late or final thinning and clear cuts, topping, storm damaged trees and high production shovel logging. It has a steep slope specific tilt design, a fully retractable saw box and an extra-large 158 cm (62 in) grapple opening.
So, how has the head gone in the field?
Albany-based forestry contractor Matt Leov (Total Harvesting) and his team put the newcomer through its paces ... and it has come up trumps!
Here’s Matt’s responses in a quick Q&A session with Australian Forests & Timber News...
AFTN: When the FL-95 came on the market what impressed you about it?
Matt: The ability to handle large trees, its simple design, simple installation, tough construction, ability to fall, shovel and load trucks.
AFTN: Timeline for the FL-95 (from hearing
about it to ordering it to commissioning)?
Matt: Delivery within a week and final installation within another week.
AFTN: What is it attached to?
Matt: A CAT 336D2L purpose built by Total Harvesting themselves.
AFTN: Ease of operation of new head (and maintenance)?
Matt: Very easy to use, great saw clamp and adjustment assembly, low maintenance. Well thought out design.
AFTN: Its real standout points (including accuracy etc)?
Matt: Strong grapple. Very robust. Ability to handle large trees.
AFTN: Would you recommend this head?
AFTN: When you first started using Waratah heads?
Matt: In NZ in 2002. I hired a Waratah 626 then bought a 624.
AFTN: The heads you have used (for specific purposes/timber etc)?
Matt: 616B and C, blue gum (6x616Cs and 7x 616Bs)
618C Pine thinnings and blue gum (1x618C).
Our 622B Pine (2x622Bs), 623C Pine and blue gum (2x623s), 624C Pine, FL85 Pine and
FL95 Pine are all currently in use.
It’s not just the machines that impress Matt and his team, it’s also the Waratah crew.
“They’re good. The technical support and backup is second to none,” he says in all seriousness.
“Also, I think they should give me a free head since I have bought over 20 heads off them,” he adds with a wry smile.
The Total Harvesting name is synonymous with the forestry industry. The family owned and operated business (Matt and Sarah Leov) employs 45 staff and is currently working in both pine and blue gum. Total Harvesting has a strong commitment to the region, its employees and the timber industry, constantly striving to improve health and safety, value recovery to the forest owner.
The CAT 336D2L purpose built by Total Harvesting.
(l-r) Matt Leov, Keith Righton, Paul Gracie, Matt Vanschayk.