New Ko­matsu 895 For­warder pre­viewed at Ko­matsu Days

Australian Forests and Timber - - Forwarders -

KO­MATSU FOR­EST launched a num­ber of new prod­ucts at its ma­jor cus­tomer event Ko­matsu Days. Pre­viewed at this event was the new For­warder model Ko­matsu 895, which will be avail­able mid - 2017.

Ko­matsu 895 is the For­warder that be­came a gi­ant in the world of mech­a­nized pro­fes­sional forestry. With its 20-ton load ca­pac­ity, unique pow­er­train with 28.5-inch bo­gie and wheels, and one of the mar­ket’s largest For­warder load­ers, it is the pre­ferred choice for heavy fi­nal log­ging on the world’s largest forestry mar­kets of Swe­den/Norway, Canada, Brazil, Aus­tralia and Rus­sia.

The new Ko­matsu 895 has fur­ther pro­duc­tiv­ity im­prove­ments to of­fer. The Load­Flex bunk has in­creased in size. The sturdy pow­er­train pro­vides greater trac­tion and the trans­mis­sion has been up­graded since 2016 with a larger hy­dro­static pump for bet­ter han­dling.

The crane is be­ing up­graded with a new hy­draulic sys­tem and a larger crane valve for im­proved crane op­er­a­tion.

For the Euro­pean and North Amer­i­can mar­kets, this model is equipped with a new en­gine in­stal­la­tion with an ef­fi­cient and gen­er­ously sized cool­ing sys­tem, vari­able tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled fan con­trol, and the lat­est in en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer­ing for diesel en­gines (Tier 4). Emis­sion con­trol is based on SCR tech­nol­ogy with­out the need for ex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion, which, com­bined with the new hy­draulic sys­tem, de­liv­ers low fuel con­sump­tion and a high power out­put at low en­gine speeds. The new en­gine pro­duces even more en­gine power and torque than the cur­rent Ko­matsu 895. Larger bat­ter­ies, with the op­tion for bat­tery con­di­tion di­ag­nos­tics via the fleet man­age­ment sys­tem Max­iFleet, en­sure that the ma­chine starts even on cold, sub­arc­tic win­ter morn­ings.

The new look of the ma­chine gives it a pow­er­ful yet smart ap­pear­ance, and the nu­mer­ous im­prove­ments make ser­vic­ing the ma­chine even eas­ier. The new rounded en­gine hood is elec­tri­cally pow­ered and can be used as a ser­vice plat­form in the open po­si­tion. All fil­ters are lo­cated be­neath the hood for easy ac­cess. There are eight ser­vice hatches in the chas­sis pro­vid­ing ac­cess where it is needed most. A drain valve un­der the en­gine makes it easy to re­place the en­gine oil with­out spillages. There are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in­spec­tion points for oil in the en­gine, dif­fer­en­tials and gear­box.

As al­ways with a Ko­matsu For­warder, the op­er­a­tor is the fo­cal point. The cab on the new Ko­matsu 895 has been up­graded as well. Im­proved op­er­a­tor pro­tec­tion is pro­vided by a stur­dier cab frame­work and win­dows se­cured with bolts to en­able sim­ple re­place­ment of worn win­dows along with ad­di­tional work lights.

Ko­matsu 895 is equipped with the mar­ket’s most mod­ern con­trol sys­tem, Max­iX­plorer. The new For­warder model will be avail­able with pro­duc­tion fol­low-ups and op­er­a­tional mon­i­tor­ing. The ma­chine can be mon­i­tored back at the of­fice in Max­iFleet, the world’s first fleet man­age­ment sys­tem for for­est ma­chines.

The new Ko­matsu 895 was re­cently re­leased in Aus­tralia with the first de­liv­er­ies go­ing to Rosin Har­vest­ing in Tu­mut and Kevin Mor­gan in Tas­ma­nia dur­ing March’17. These new units were the 92nd and 93rd of the old/new model to be de­liv­ered in the Aus­tralian mar­ket in less than four years. Ko­matsu For­est Pty Ltd now holds or­ders out to the 100th unit con­firm­ing its wide ac­cep­tance by Aus­tralian con­trac­tors.

Ko­matsu For­est is keen to see the im­pact on fu­ture Ko­matsu 895 sales with the re­lease of the com­plete new model Ko­matsu 875 in the 16 tonne class which was pre­vi­ously dom­i­nated by the old mar­ket leader Ko­matsu 890.

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