New series harvesters boast more power and performance
ECO LOG’S newest generation of 550, 560, 580 and 590 harvesters (the E-series), powered by Volvo Penta D8 engines (from 218hp to 320hp) are characterized by their high performance, reliability, fuel efficiency, and low emission levels in all types of terrain.
“The Volvo Penta diesel engines are built to be versatile and have been developed to satisfy forestry applications with their low weight, compact designs, and easy installation, making them perfect to power the new Eco Log harvester generation,” says Johan Jaktman, principal of Scandinavian Forestry & Engineering, Australian distributor of Eco Log products.
“It’s important to mention that Eco Log and MTU (Mercedes) remain partners. The reliability and efficiency of MTU engines, notably the 926 LA, have undoubtedly contributed to the success of Eco Log machines over the past years. Therefore, the existing D-series forwarder and 688 continue to be equipped with Mercedes Engines,” he added.
The choice of Volvo Penta engines for harvesters had been motivated by three main factors: Proximity, Flexibility and After-sales.
i. As simple as it sounds, Volvo is a Swedish heritage and Eco Log, which is based in Söderhamn on Sweden’s east coast, has over the past few years highly focused on the value of using local components. Suppliers with a close geographic location enable both better support and closer partnership.
ii. One and the same engine block can fulfill several standards, for example with either Stage IIIA or Stage IV-compliance. This smart flexibility contributes to the efficiency of Eco Log production by providing the ability to use the same base machine frames while simultaneously fulfilling the various emission requirements worldwide.
iii. International sales have expanded over the past two years and Eco Log is now represented on four continents. A strong global network is required to guarantee maximum uptime, reliable service and peace of mind for Eco Log customers.
“The new Eco Log 550, 560, 580 and 590 harvesters are dressed with the latest Eco Log colors and will of course remain equipped with innovative pendulum arms. Their impressive ability to tilt 25° sideways and a pitch angle of 17° to the front or rear allows them to easily manoeuvre in hilly environments,” Johan said.
Eco Log equips, as standard, the new 550, 560, 580 and 590 with five pumps; two for the transmission, two implement pumps (one for the crane and one to operate the harvester head) and one socalled “recirculation pump” which together with the new vertically oriented coolers optimizes the cooling capacity of the harvester where and/or whenever the machine operates. The Volvo Penta engine provides power to these pumps, running at a low rpm, and can easily handle all working conditions without overloading the engine.
Among other new features, the cab is now able to rotate 350° further decreasing the frequency of machine movement versus competitors and thereby saving additional fuel costs even beyond those provided by the already efficient Volvo Penta engines.
Johan said it should be noted that the 570 had been removed from the harvester range to the benefit of the 550. This unique four wheeler is now powered by 218hp and is equipped with a larger crane (the Eco Log crane 250 [255 kN], previously installed on 570D).
Scandinavian Forestry will soon take delivery of one of the new breed harvesters, the 590.
“We’ve also got a 688 in stock at the moment,” says Johan.
The final word on the work and worth of the Eco Log machines comes from Bruce Macfarlane (Mac Logging, Queensland)...
“The Eco Log 688 replaced our Eco Log 580B Harvester in our Southern Pine thinnings operation in Beerburrum, Queensland last year. Our previous and current experience with Eco Log machines and the company made it easy for us to decide to stick with them. The Eco Log 688 features that particularly stood out for us to suit the area we are currently in is the eight wheel drive and the self levelling cab. We are looking to pair it up with the Eco Log 574E Forwarder later this year.”
Eco Log’s 688 easily handles the workload at Mc Logging’s Queensland site.