Tried-and-true rep­u­ta­tion

Australian Forests and Timber - - Forwarders -

For a busi­ness that is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing its 60th birthday, Tu­mut­based G&J Groves cer­tainly lives by the old say­ing triedand-true! And, it adopts the same ap­proach when it comes to ma­chin­ery.

Back in 2003, the com­pany opted for a Tiger­cat L830 with a Tiger­cat DT2000 se­ries shear head. That ma­chine was des­tined for a lot of hard work in steep coun­try.

“We thought it was best suited to that ap­pli­ca­tion,” says Andrew Groves.

“We were pretty im­pressed with the build qual­ity of that first ma­chine, the un­der­car­riage in par­tic­u­lar,” he says.

“It was 12 months later that we fol­lowed up with another L830, this time with a Waratah 622B pro­cess­ing head

“Again, it was about the re­li­a­bil­ity; the build qual­ity

Fast for­ward a few years and the com­pany opted for two new Tiger­cat 1075C 20 tonne For­warders & one LH855D tracked har­vester… for not too dis­sim­i­lar rea­sons.

“We were for­tu­nate enough to win a con­tract with Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion

NSW. It was pri­mar­ily in large clear­fall stands.

“We’re a har­vest and haul op­er­a­tion so we do a lot of truck load­ing. We just thought that the Tiger­cat crane build seemed to be far su­pe­rior com­pared to its com­peti­tors, as well as the ma­chine’s other ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“It’s more or less a big wood ma­chine,” says Andrew.

“I sup­pose the main point was the con­struc­tion of the crane, plus its Tiger­cat’s own so it’s built to their specs, as is the rest of the ma­chine.

“And those specs on the For­warder suited our needs.

The LH855D har­vester is work­ing in front of both th­ese 1075C for­warders in the clear fall op­er­a­tion & is work­ing to ex­pec­ta­tions keep­ing both for­warders with plenty to do.

“Another fac­tor is that th­ese three ma­chines are run­ning Tiger­cat’s own tier II en­gine as well. so as far as ser­vice and backup goes it’s their com­plete ma­chine,” says Andrew.

“There are ex­pec­ta­tions of fuel sav­ings as well. We be­lieve there will be some economies with the fuel per­for­mance of the Tiger­cat en­gine.”

T h e 1075CTiger­cat for­warders are built for tough ap­pli­ca­tions and long term dura­bil­ity and up­time with strong frames, over­size pins and high qual­ity cylinders. The heavy duty cen­tre sec­tion is equipped with ta­pered roller bear­ings in the ar­tic­u­la­tion and os­cil­la­tion joints.

With its sta­ble and pow­er­ful with ex­treme duty wide-spread bo­gie axles, the 1075C 20 tonne For­warder is ideal for high pro­duc­tion jobs, around-the-clock op­er­a­tion and ex­treme ter­rain.

Its ex­cel­lent com­po­nent lay­out and easy ac­cess to ser­vice points makes for quick and pain­less daily main­te­nance rou­tines. The op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment is ex­pan­sive and com­fort­able with op­ti­mized sight lines and er­gonomics.

In-cabin sound lev­els are un­der 66 db at full 2,200 rpm en­gine speed. Light­ing, op­er­a­tor con­trols and in­ter­face and the cli­mate con­trol sys­tems are well en­gi­neered, con­tribut­ing to high pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­duced op­er­a­tor fa­tigue dur­ing long shifts.

Its low-wide™ bunk sys­tem gives im­proved vis­i­bil­ity and de­creases load/ un­load cy­cles; the Tiger­cat hooked cranes are eas­ier to op­er­ate and in­crease the work­ing en­ve­lope; and the high ca­pac­ity Tiger­cat FG43 and FG53 grap­ples do the job ex­tremely well.

There’s another plus that Andrew is quick to point out ... “we’ve got a Tiger­cat ser­vice agent in Tu­mut (One­trak). We see this as a real ben­e­fit as well. They’ve got trained staff with the prod­uct and plenty of parts backup. The one thing we’ve no­ticed in the short time we have been in­volved is that they will get you go­ing if there’s a prob­lem. They do their level best to get you back work­ing.

“It’s a ma­jor base for them. It’s pretty well fit­ted out, with good ser­vice guys and the train­ing is a big thing. Where it’s po­si­tioned is a def­i­nite plus.

“It’s ba­si­cally 10 min­utes around the corner,” says Andrew.

From a busi­ness started in 1957 by his dad Ge­off (with a cou­ple of trucks haul­ing tim­ber and con­crete for the Snowy Moun­tains project) the busi­ness has earned a good rep­u­ta­tion.

It’s been based in Tu­mut all that time and one of its main cus­tomers has al­ways been Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion NSW ... it’s def­i­nitely a busi­ness that is tried-and-true!

■ Tiger­cat's 1075C For­warder makes tough work look easy.

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