Keeping ‘track’ on comfort, power and production
The John Deere M-Series Harvesters are proving to be high-productivity machines for logging contractors in a number of applications. Customers are raving about the unsurpassed power-to-weight ratio, tractive effort, and comfortable cabs.
Running a Harvester over stumps and hills from six in the morning until five at night can take a toll on an operator but they get out of these machines at the end of the day and they don’t look like they’ve been to work.
John Deere has designed a range of tracked harvesters for any application starting with three non-leveling models built for flat to undulating slopes (803MH, 853MH,903MH) with the leveling models (859MH, 959MH) built to handle the steep and rugged applications. M-Series tracked harvesters are built to help logging contractors meet the demands of any application, with improved efficiency and comfort.
The M-Series tracked harvesters have a longer, wider undercarriage for increased stability and traction, and tilt and leveling cabs maximize operator comfort and productivity, even in challenging terrain. The 859M and 959M models incorporate a patented leveling control system that uses sensor technology to maximize the forward tilt angle (26 degrees forward), while electronically preventing any possible mechanical interference when also tilting to the side. The leveling envelope boundaries are set automatically and the patented system provides a smooth transition when approaching the leveling limits.
The M-Series machines from the 803MH right up to the 959MH are equipped with a powerful engine starting at 300hp for the 800MH- Series up to 330HP in the bigger models, delivering premium performance, fluid efficiency and reliability. Optional Rapid Cycle System (RCS) combines automated harvesting- attachment arm cycling with simple boom control, dramatically reducing operator fatigue while increasing efficiency and productivity. RCS can be tailored to individual skill levels and specific harvesting conditions.
One of the most popular features in the M-Series is the redesigned operator station. Fully adjustable armrests provide fingertip control of all machine functions, and the air-conditioned seat offers daylong comfort in the climate-controlled cab. Operators are what make a contractors business go round, they sit in these machines day in, day out and therefore appreciate the larger cab, better visibility and more legroom. Also featured in the cab design are floor-to-ceiling front and side windows plus an overhead skylight, expanding the view of the cutting area by 22%. The LED lighting package allows for 24/7 operation.
Both G-Series wheeled harvesters and M-Series tracked models incorporate the John Deere ForestSight™ suite of technology solutions, with JDLink™ enabling unsurpassed levels of connectivity. Now standard in the base price for five years, JDLink enables remote machine monitoring and sends alerts to the office, mobile device or dealer to inform them of immediate machine issues. If downtime does occur, exclusive remote diagnostics and programming enable the John Deere dealer to quickly identify the issue at hand. JDLink allows contractors to view productivity and uptime of their machines while lowering daily operating costs.
For more information regarding this range from John Deere, visit www. hcma.com.au or phone 1300 HITACHI to speak to a representative.