Shanbe Log­ging

Australian Forests and Timber - - Forwarders -

For Col and Jill Wescombe (Shanbe Log­ging) the de­cid­ing fac­tor in go­ing for the 895 was the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of the bunks, and the sav­ings that would re­sult in less trav­el­ling back and forth into the bush.

Shanbe re­ceived the 99th of the se­ries (the new gen­er­a­tion) sold in Aus­tralia. Their con­nec­tion with Ko­matsu For­est started back in 2002 when they pur­chased a cou­ple of sec­ond-hand ma­chines from them.

“Since that time we have had many deal­ings with them, our last pur­chase be­ing a 951 wheeled Har­vester fit­ted with a Ko­matsu C144 har­vest­ing head and the 895 For­warder,” said Jill. Both ma­chines are work­ing in For­est Cor­po­ra­tion NSW first thin­ning blocks. “We also have a 951 wheeled Har­vester fit­ted with a Ko­matsu S132 head cou­pled with another 895 For­warder that we pur­chased about two years ago. They’re also work­ing in For­est Corp first thin­ning blocks,” she said. When asked about the stand­out points for the 895, Col replied: “We find that the big­ger car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity suits the com­bi­na­tion with the 951 Har­vester. The 951 def­i­nitely out-pro­duces the tracked har­vesters and the 895 is able to bet­ter keep up to the Har­vester. “Op­er­a­tor com­fort is another stand out point for the 895, as is re­li­a­bil­ity. “The maxi fleet com­puter con­fig­u­ra­tion is also an added ben­e­fit as we can see on our com­put­ers in the of­fice what the For­warder and Har­vesters are pro­duc­ing. It can also be paired with map­ping fea­tures if we want,” said Col. “The com­bi­na­tion of the 951 Har­vester cou­pled with the 895 For­warder means in­creased pro­duc­tion with less op­er­a­tor fa­tigue.

“Backup with ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance is ex­cel­lent as KF have a diesel me­chanic sta­tioned in nearby Tu­mut. Parts are nor­mally avail­able next day as well, so any down­time is min­i­mal. The ProAct war­ranty is also another great KF fea­ture,” he said.

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