NZ-made Har­vest­lines take off in Chile

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

RO­TORUA-MADE HARVESTLINE YARDERS HAVE SUD­DENLY BE­COME pop­u­lar on the other side of the Pa­cific Ocean, in Chile.

Latin Equip­ment, the dealer for EMS, has won con­tracts to sup­ply four Har­vest­lines to con­trac­tors op­er­at­ing in Chilean forests, where they will go to work in Ra­di­ata plan­ta­tions on hilly ter­rain.

The ma­chines have been pur­chased by four in­di­vid­ual con­trac­tors and fol­low the suc­cess of the com­pany’s Trac­tionLine winch-as­sist sys­tems in Chile over the past cou­ple of years.

“Trac­tionLine has gone very well for us in Chile – we’ve sold ten now – and our dealer over there told us there was a good op­por­tu­nity to sell Har­vest­lines, too,” says Dean O’Con­nor.

“The rolling ter­rain in Chile where a lot of plan­ta­tion for­est have been es­tab­lished is sim­i­lar to what we have in New Zealand and the Harvestline is suited to use in blocks with lim­ited ac­cess, where smaller and lighter equip­ment is favoured.

“They need ma­chines that are eas­ier to move and have the abil­ity to set up quick line shifts.”

Chilean forestry con­trac­tors have tended to pur­chase light­weight yarders from Europe in the past, but the ex­ca­va­tor-based Harvestline came into the picture due to the in­creas­ing use of winch-as­sist ma­chines that are also built onto tracked ex­ca­va­tors.

When EMS shipped some of its HawkEye mo­torised grap­ple carriages to Chile last year, the op­por­tu­nity for th­ese to be used in con­junc­tion with a Harvestline fur­ther raised the in­ter­est lev­els.

EMS hosted a group of Chilean con­trac­tors who vis­ited New Zealand with Latin Equip­ment last year, where they got to see Har­vest­lines work­ing in the Bay of Plenty and Otago and the four or­ders quickly fol­lowed. Two are go­ing to work in the Con­cep­ción area, near where the big earth­quake struck in 2010, and the other two will head to forests fur­ther south.

All four ma­chines are built on iden­ti­cal Doosan 340 bases, to suit the weight re­stric­tions in the forests where they will be work­ing.

They fea­ture the two-drum fully in­ter­lock­ing sys­tem, along with a straw­line drum, and they have a main drum rope ca­pac­ity of 500 me­tres. Each will be sup­plied with a HawkEye grap­ple car­riage fit­ted with a re­mote cam­era that dis­plays on a screen inside the pur­pose-built EMS cab. A light guard­ing pack­age has also been fit­ted.

The first Chilean Harvestline is due to ar­rive in Chile and a sec­ond is ex­pected to be shipped out this month. The re­main­ing two will be de­liv­ered by the end of the year. One of the Har­vest­lines will be on dis­play at the huge Expo Corma forestry show in Chile in Novem­ber.

Dean says the ap­pear­ance of the Harvestline at the Expo is ex­pected to pro­vide an ad­di­tional boost in in­ter­est among con­trac­tors through­out South Amer­ica, not just in Chile.

Mean­while, two more Har­vest­lines are also be­ing built by EMS, but for New Zealand cus­tomers, both in the North Is­land. One is based on a Cat 336D2, whilst the other is go­ing onto a Doosan 380. They are also two-drum in­ter­locked mod­els and will be sup­plied with HawkEye grap­ple carriages.


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