When it comes to dif­fi­cult har­vest­ing then Waratah can ‘head’ you in the right di­rec­tion!

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

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?

Matt: Yes.

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.

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