Ko­matsu For­est’s new for­ma­tive har­vester range

Unique sta­bil­ity and op­er­a­tor com­fort

Australian Forests and Timber - - HARVESTERS -

TO­DAY KO­MATSU For­est Pty Ltd has one of the most com­pre­hen­sive new Har­vester range to meet all the de­mands of the Aus­tralian mar­ket. This has been achieved over the last two years with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new range of Ko­matsu wheel har­vesters which in­cludes the largest wheel har­vester, the 951.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod the new, up­dated Ko­matsu XT Se­ries 3 track ma­chines were re­leased and more re­cently Ko­matsu For­est Pty Ltd has re­leased the Tim­ber­pro TL765C & TN765 tail­swing pur­pose-built track feller-buncher, har­vester; this is one of the largest pur­pose-built track ma­chines on the mar­ket.

In ad­di­tion, Ko­matsu For­est has in­vested heav­ily in re­cent years to de­velop the Ko­matsu PC270-8 into a for­est ready car­rier for con­tracts that are price sen­si­tive -- in other words it’s a for­est bud­get car­rier!

Ko­matsu wheel har­vesters

Ko­matsu For­est launched four brand new har­vesters in 2015, the Ko­matsu 901, 911, 931, and 951 with the 931 and 951 be­ing the most suit­able for Aus­tralian con­di­tions.

These new mod­els in­clude ev­ery­thing from com­pletely new de­signs, a new cab with a damp­ing op­tion, and eco-friendly Stage IV en­gine through a key­less sys­tem, a new hy­draulic sys­tem with dual hy­draulic cir­cuits the like of which the mar­ket has never seen. The re­sult is high pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and low fuel con­sump­tion per pro­cessed tim­ber vol­ume. The fo­cus for KF was on the op­er­a­tor and every ef­fort was made to max­i­mize pro­duc­tion from every pos­si­ble an­gle. The new har­vesters are built on the well-proven con­cept of a cen­tral­ly­placed crane and cab and a swing axle that to­gether with the cab’s tilt cylin­ders of­fers unique sta­bil­ity and op­er­a­tor com­fort.

Ma­jor new fea­tures:

• The in­dus­try’s first re­mote­con­trolled key­less sys­tem (300 me­tres)

• Au­to­mat­i­cally logs into Max­iX­plorer with the op­er­a­tor pro­file.

• A new 3-pump hy­draulic sys­tem,

• Pro­vides a unique in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the crane, the head func­tions, and the trans­mis­sion.

• The re­sult is that the op­er­a­tor can use sev­eral crane and head

• func­tions to­gether with max­i­mum hy­draulic power.

• Agco Stage IVTIER4 Fi­nal en­gines

• TIER IIB op­tion for Aus­tralia.

• All mod­els have new par­al­lel cranes

• High lift­ing power which are fast, ef­fec­tive, and easy to op­er­ate.

• Choice of cranes with dif­fer­ent reaches.

• Heads suit­able for 931 & 951 are S132, C144, S172 & C202E.

The new har­vester line up has a modern and func­tional de­sign fa­cil­i­tat­ing ser­vice and main­te­nance. Daily in­spec­tions can be car­ried out with­out hav­ing to open a hood.

Ko­matsu XT Se­ries 3

The Ko­matsu XT se­ries is a well proven prod­uct in the Aus­tralian mar­ket with a pop­u­la­tion of over 430 units of all mod­els. The in­tro­duc­tion of the Se­ries 3 mod­els two years ago came with many im­prove­ments. Mod­els in­clude the XT430-3 , XT430L-3, XT445L-3 and the larger new XT460L-3.rang­ing in op­er­at­ing weight from 27,805 kg to 32,659 kg.

Ko­matsu’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on im­prov­ing op­er­a­tor pro­duc­tiv­ity was con­sid­ered very im­por­tant, there­fore the XT-3 has a to­tally new cab de­sign.

Cab changes in­clude:

• Sloped roofline that in­creases head­room and re­duces de­bris build up.

• Larger sky­light, front & side win­dows with 90% greater view­ing depth.

• Bril­liant white LED lights (11) de­liver 2-3 times more il­lu­mi­na­tion.

• More spa­cious, qui­eter and pres­sur­ized in­te­rior.

• Er­gonomic seat and easy-to-reach con­trols.

• Eas­ier ac­cess to new stor­age ar­eas in­clud­ing a lunch box and ther­mos. The XT-3 Se­ries fea­tures the new IQAN-MD4 “1st in the For­est” pro­gram­mable dig­i­tal con­trol sys­tem. All for­mer ana­log gauges and warn­ing lights are now promi­nently dis­played on the highly vis­i­ble and durable 18 cm LED colour touch­screen. The sys­tem ac­com­mo­dates in­di­vid­ual pref­er­ence set­tings for mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tors, records ma­chine data and pro­vides ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic re­ports.

The XT-3 se­ries ma­chines in­clude the lat­est Ko­matsu un­der­car­riage and hy­draulic im­prove­ments for greater re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity, in­clud­ing:

• 1-2 ad­di­tional bot­tom rollers im­prove track chain sup­port and load distri­bu­tion

• Up­graded chain guide (rock guard) ma­te­rial ex­tends ser­vice life

• Track chain align­ment has been op­ti­mized by uti­liz­ing:

• A con­tin­u­ous straight-line chain guide pro­file

• Length­ened chain guide pro­files at the idlers and sprock­ets

• Re­mov­able track roller guards for eas­ier ac­cess on XT445L & XT460L

• Hy­draulic Sys­tem:

• Up­graded Im­ple­ment Pump bear­ings pro­vide longer ser­vice life

• Lift ca­pac­ity at full reach has in­creased by 37% on the XT460L-3 model

The XT 3 Se­ries ma­chines are ca­pa­ble of han­dling many of the larger heads for tougher felling and har­vest­ing op­er­a­tions in both hard­wood and soft­wood. There are many vari­ants fit­ted with KF, Waratah, Log­max, Quadco and Woods­man For­est at­tach­ments op­er­at­ing in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Tim­ber­pro TN/TL765C

The Tim­ber­pro TL765C is a to­tally new ma­chine de­sign but it has a very long her­itage start­ing back with the Tim­bco brand. Ko­matsu For­est Pty Ltd has had a long and

strong re­la­tion­ship with Tim­bco and Tim­ber­pro dat­ing back to 1992. Ko­matsu For­est be­lieves this new tail­swing lev­el­ling ma­chine will have a strong de­mand in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Tim­ber­pro were very fast to meet this chal­lenge by com­plet­ing the whole de­vel­op­ment project within two years with con­struc­tion of the first pro­to­type in Dec 2015.

The Tim­ber­pro TL765C was re­leased to the Aus­tralian mar­ket at “Austim­ber 2016” which drew much in­ter­est with quick or­ders re­sult­ing in five be­ing de­liv­ered and sev­eral or­ders in hand. The first TL765C in Aus­tralia was de­liv­ered straight from the Austim­ber show to Clear­wa­ter Log­ging and was fit­ted with a Woods­man 750. The ini­tial suc­cess here in Aus­tralia and in the USA / Canada mar­kets has made avail­abil­ity a ma­jor is­sue for fu­ture sales in Aus­tralia due to this strong de­mand.

The Tim­ber­pro TL765C has pro­vided an ex­cel­lent base for a great va­ri­ety of at­tach­ments with cur­rent ex­am­ples such as; Ko­matsu 398/ C283, Woods­man 750, Waratah 624 &625 Har­vest­ing Heads, Woods­man FH1350, KF 800 Di­rec­tional Felling Head, Quadco 26B Disc Saw and Quadco 7320 Ac­cu­mu­lat­ing Shear.

Some of the many fea­tures of the new TL 765C are:

• Cum­mins QSL 9.0L En­gine

• Auto-Re­vers­ing Fan

• En­ergy Re­cov­er­ing Hy­dro­static Dual Mo­tor Swing Sys­tem

• En­ergy Re­cov­er­ing Smart Valve

• Ded­i­cated Dual Hy­dro­static Drive Sys­tem

• New Rexroth Drive Mo­tors GFT 8190 (Trac­tive Ef­fort :484 kN)

• IQAN MD4 10” Touch Screen Con­trol Sys­tem

• Ex­cel­lent Ser­vice­abil­ity

Ko­matsu PC270-8/C202E & PC300LC-8/PC400LC-8

Ko­matsu For­est Pty Ltd has been de­vel­op­ing the Ex­ca­va­tor range over many years. Whilst this de­sign will al­ways be evolv­ing, the cur­rent prod­uct de­sign is very sta­ble and re­li­able. The ear­lier years of the de­sign work mainly in­volved the PC220LC-8 but it was quickly re­alised that the higher horse­power of the, PC270-8 was the best op­tion go­ing for­ward for a bud­get har­vester car­rier, es­pe­cially when the cap­i­tal in­vest­ment was not that much more than a PC220LC-8, it was quickly seen to be jus­ti­fied by the in­creased pro­duc­tion.

The fea­tures of this size car­rier along with the larger mod­els were care­fully con­sid­ered, re­li­a­bil­ity was the num­ber fo­cus fol­lowed closely by per­for­mance and the over­all cap­i­tal ex­pense.

The key com­po­nents for these Ex­ca­va­tor car­ri­ers are:

• Ko­matsu’s rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity

• Up­siz­ing to the PC270-8 fur­ther im­proved the re­li­a­bil­ity

• The PC300LC-8 and PC400LC-8 have been very suc­cess­ful

• Guard­ing Pack­ages suit­able for all ap­pli­ca­tions

• In­clud­ing over-body and un­der­body of all dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions

• Pur­pose Built Forestry Cab­ins which are ap­proved by the reg­u­la­tors

• Load Sense Hy­draulics that achieve the right out­put pres­sure

• Ded­i­cated Re­turn & Case Fil­ters

• Aux cooler pack­ages to suit very de­mand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions

• Sched­ule 160 boom pip­ing, 30% greater than most com­peti­tors

• Heavy Duty 600mm Dou­ble Bar or 600mm Sin­gle Bar Grousers

Cas­siopeia’s Ko­matsu 951 work­ing in the Tum­barumba re­gion.

Net­ley’s XT460L/Ko­matsu 398 clear­fell har­vest­ing in the Oberon area.

Re­treev’s TL765C/Ko­matsu 398 har­vest­ing in the Shel­ley For­est, Vic­to­ria.

Pope Log­ging’s XT430/Ko­matsu 378 de­bark­ing head in South East NSW.

Ket­tle’s PC270 fit­ted with Ko­matsu 378E(C202E) de­bark­ing in the Mt. Gam­bier re­gion.

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