The friendly gi­ant, Logset’s 12H GTE Hy­brid, head­ing for Aus­tralia The friendly gi­ant, Logset’s 12H GTE Hy­brid, head­ing for Aus­tralia

Australian Forests and Timber - - HARVESTERS -

THE 12H GTE Hy­brid har­vester man­u­fac­tured by Logset Oy in Finland, rep­re­sents the new­est tech­nol­ogy in for­est har­vest­ing ma­chin­ery. It is the world’s first hy­brid har­vester and is nick­named “the friendly gi­ant” be­cause it is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and pow­er­ful like a gi­ant. The har­vest er has a hy­brid sys­tem with an elec­tri­cal mo­tor that of­fers torque and power boost to the AGCO Power 7.4 l en­gine. To date this ma­chine model has been de­liv­ered into Europe, but this year the first hy­brid har­vester will ar­rive in Aus­tralia.

“We went over to Swe­den to look at a 12H GTE Hy­brid work­ing with a Logset TH75 head which was a great start­ing point for my trip. The owner and op­er­a­tor Ger­hard Sjö­lan­der was very open about his ex­pe­ri­ence with his ma­chine. Ger­hard has over 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of har­vest­ing. It was a great chance to get some solid in­field in­for­ma­tion. The main points I got from Ger­hard were im­pres­sive pro­duc­tion in­creases with lower fuel con­sump­tion and a higher level of op­er­a­tor com­fort,” says Hugh Gor­don, owner of LICO Pty Ltd.

Dur­ing 2016 LICO be­came a Logset dealer and the com­pany bought its first Logset ma­chine, a Logset 12F GT for­warder in late 2015.

“We’ve been very happy with the 12F GT which has now clocked over 2 000 hours. We haven’t re­ally needed any help with it. When we bought the for­warder, it was a new prod­uct for both us and for Logset. I’m a per­son who needs to see and feel the ma­chine be­fore I buy it, so that was my first trip to Finland. Get­ting to see ma­chines at the pro­duc­tion level is a big bonus for me. Now it’s a sim­i­lar story with the 12H GTE Hy­brid with a sec­ond trip to the Logset fac­tory,” Gor­don said.

New har­vest­ing head TH85

The first hy­brid har­vester be­ing shipped to Aus­tralia will be equipped with a new Logset har­vester head TH85 which was de­signed to com­ple­ment the ca­pac­ity of the 12H GTE Hy­brid. Logset has just launched the prod­uct and both the head and the Hy­brid are op­ti­mized for large size clear cut har­vest­ing. The TH85 has three steel feed­ing rollers and syn­chro­nized feed cir­cuit to en­sure that the grip of the tree is op­ti­mal.

“Our busi­ness is based in Mount Gam­bier in South Aus­tralia, which is one of the big­gest for­est re­gions in the coun­try. I be­lieve that the TH85 is go­ing to work well on the ra­di­ata pine, the most com­mon tree species we have,” said Gor­don.

“We are also happy to take a new har­vester head with Logset be­cause of our ear­lier smooth ex­pe­ri­ences. If we don’t try some­thing new, we’ll just never know.”

As a Logset dealer Gor­don is plan­ning on sell­ing the Logset 12H GTE Hy­brid and 8H GTE har­vesters, and the Logset 12F GT and 8F GT for­warders.

“I think that these prod­ucts will best suit the Aus­tralian mar­ket. If we are go­ing to sell the prod­ucts, we also need to know them well. That is also a rea­son why we wanted to get a Hy­brid for our busi­ness. We need to be able to give fast and ef­fec­tive ser­vice to our cus­tomers, so first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence and fac­tory sup­port is, in my opin­ion, the best way to achieve this,” he said.

LICO has built a ser­vice trailer to re­duce ser­vice times on ma­chines and they are also build­ing up a stock of Logset spare parts.

Test driv­ing the 12 H Hy­brid & TH85 combo

Al­ready on the way to the for­est for a test drive, Gor­don is tak­ing sev­eral pic­tures of his Hy­brid har­vester with the TH85 head. He even at­taches a GoPro cam­era on the cabin be­fore he jumps in him­self.

“This is like see­ing your baby for the first time,” he quips.

Gor­don has three chil­dren of his own, of which the youngest, Harry, is only 10 months old. A fresh fa­ther of three must know the baby feel­ing he is talk­ing about.

When Gor­don starts driv­ing the hy­brid he keeps

look­ing out for the rocks in the for­est. Be­cause of that he thinks he can’t get the most out of the ex­pe­ri­ence un­til he is back home. The hy­brid weighs from 24,500 kg and its wheels are 780/50-28,5. The ma­chine is de­signed to go on sev­eral dif­fer­ent types of land.

“In Aus­tralia, the log­ging is dif­fer­ent, since our trees are grown in straight lines.”

What sur­prises Gor­don is the quiet­ness of the friendly gi­ant.

“You re­ally can’t hear the en­gine work­ing or get­ting strained at any time. It’s con­sis­tent. I’m look­ing for­ward to May when the Hy­brid will ar­rive. It’s go­ing to the front line in clear fall and thin­ning’s so it won’t take long to gather some solid Aus­tralian in­field num­bers to pass on,” he said.

Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions for Logset

It all de­pends on how you say it ... a quar­ter of a cen­tury, two and a half decades, 25 years, 300 months or 9125 days (give or take a leap year or two). That longevity fac­tor has come into play for for­est ma­chine man­u­fac­turer Logset which this year notches up the 25-year mile­stone.

Logset was founded in 1992 by Gus­tav Frantzén, Seppo Kosk­i­nen and Kris­tian Stén, who ac­quired the for­est ma­chine busi­ness as­sets from Oy Nor­car Ab. To­day Logset is a mid-sized ma­chine man­u­fac­turer and the com­pany has al­ways had a clear pol­icy to in­vest in re­search and de­vel­op­ment. Last year (2016) Logset launched the world’s first hy­brid har­vester, the Logset 12H GTE.

Al­though the com­pany’s birth­day is of­fi­cially in Au­gust, Logset will be start­ing to cel­e­brate from June at Elmia Wood in Swe­den. A spe­cial an­niver­sary logo has also been launched.

Hugh Gor­don is tak­ing the world’s first hy­brid har­vester, the Logset 12H GTE Hy­brid, from Finland to Aus­tralia.

Hugh Gor­don and Ta­pio Nikka­nen, Chair­man of the Board for Logset, shak­ing hands on Aus­tralia’s first hy­brid har­vester deal.

Logset’s dealer in Aus­tralia, Hugh Gor­don, with the newly-launched har­vester head Logset TH85.

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