Komatsu 901XC harvester / Liebherr LRB 16 drill rig
Komatsu releases the agile 901XC forestry harvester
Komatsu’s new 901XC is an agile forestry harvester designed for thinning in hilly terrain and on soft ground
Part of Komatsu Forest’s new XC series, the 901XC has eight wheels for improved stability and manoeuvrability, and low ground pressure – which in turn means less ground damage.
The design is based on the decades-old ‘Komatsu concept’ of a centrally mounted cab and crane, which provide a good balance between ground pressure and centre of gravity.
Other key features are a rigid articulated joint and a swing axle which, in combination with the cab’s tilt cylinders, offer better stability and handling in difficult terrain.
“Moreover, the harvesters in the XC series are equipped with the swinging rear axle seen in our six-wheeled harvesters, teamed with a bogie to create a highly unique solution with twin suspension systems, the Komatsu Double Suspension Comfort Bogie, and excellent off-road handling,” the company says.
Outside the Europen and North American markets the Komatsu 901XC is powered by a 6.6-litre, 6-cylinder 66 WF-4V -AWF diesel engine delivering 170kW at 1900rpm and meeting EU Stage II emissions standards.
The power-optimised hydrostatic transmission enables the engine power to be fully utilised, providing better performance in difficult terrain and excellent climbing ability, the team at Komatsu Forest says.
The machine is also equipped with Komatsu Forest’s 3PS three-pump hydraulic system which delivers a flow of 548L/min at 1500rpm. This system allows crane and head functions to be used simultaneously while retaining maximum hydraulic power.