DEMO did it ... and re­li­a­bil­ity ... and ser­vice!

Australian Forests and Timber - - Harvesters -

Re­li­a­bil­ity stan­dard of man­u­fac­ture were two key points that weighed heav­ily in a de­ci­sion to pur­chase one of Tiger­cat's lat­est har­vesters.

That, and see­ing the LH822D at DEMO in Canada last year, clinched the deal for Peter and Theresa Lon­er­gan, own­ers of P & T Lon­er­gan Pty Ltd.

“We made the de­ci­sion in Jan­uary with con­tracts be­ing awarded late Fe­bru­ary so the ma­chine was or­dered in March and de­liv­ery was end July and it was in Tu­mut by mid-July and wait­ing for the head at­tach­ment,” said Theresa.

The Lon­er­gans started op­er­at­ing heavy haulage in 2005 and then started a har­vest­ing and haulage op­er­a­tion with Hume For­est in 2007 at Woomargama for five years.

Then they started work­ing for FCNSW in 2012 and HVP in 2014.

How­ever, the in­dus­try con­nec­tion goes even fur­ther back with Peter hav­ing been in­volved in the in­dus­try for 30 years in one form or an­other.

Their site op­er­a­tions are in South­ern NSW around Tum­barumba For FCNSW and North East Vic­to­ria around Myrtle­ford for HVP.

As Theresa said ... “We made the de­ci­sion to go with the LH822D af­ter see­ing the new D Se­ries at DEMO in Canada last year. We have had a 845B Har­vester and cur­rently have 2 x LH830. The 822 re­places the 830 as a har­vest­ing ma­chine.

“We also have a 1075B and a new 1075C Tiger­cat For­warder and they've been very re­li­able.” When it comes to stand­out points, Peter says there are a few ... The new cab offers op­er­a­tor com­fort, bet­ter view; fuel econ­omy; ad­vanced technology / hy­draulics; ser­vice.

He says that it could be con­sid­ered a com­plete pack­age with the re­li­a­bil­ity and the stan­dard of man­u­fac­ture be­ing so high.

“They sell them­selves once you have owned one,” he says.

“Plus, the ser­vice is lo­cal so it's re­li­able and quick,” Theresa is quick to point out.

■ P & T Lon­er­gan LH822D at work.

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