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.