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.