First El­tec har­vester ar­rives in New Zealand

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

THE FIRST NEW CANA­DIAN-BUILT EL­TEC har­vester has ar­rived in New Zealand just as the orig­i­nal im­porter of the ma­chines inks a joint-part­ner­ship deal to han­dle the distri­bu­tion.

Whangarei log­ging con­trac­tor, Steven Stokes, set the ball rolling by grab­bing the rights for El­tec in this mar­ket at the begin­ning of the year, but has now brought in Cam­bridge­based Shaw’s Wire Ropes as a 50:50 part­ner to dis­trib­ute El­tec na­tion­ally.

The deal has also en­abled him to wi­den the range of mod­els of­fered in New Zealand to in­clude load­ers, as well as har­vesters.

“The first ma­chine has just gone into our crew in Wood­hill For­est and it’s go­ing great, but I re­alised that I needed a part­ner to help with distri­bu­tion and Shaw’s have come on board to han­dle that side of the busi­ness,” says Steven.

Shaw’s Wire Ropes has an es­tab­lished distri­bu­tion net­work and cus­tomer base through­out New Zealand and will build on this to pro­vide full back-up and sup­port for El­tec. It has also ap­pointed Jonny Ed­wards to be the ded­i­cated man­ager of the El­tec brand.

Steven says: “Part of the deal with Shaw’s com­ing on board was that Jonny should visit to look over the ma­chine and op­er­ate it, as Shaw’s had made it very clear it only wanted to en­dorse a high qual­ity prod­uct.

“So, with Jonny super-im­pressed with the smooth­ness, qual­ity of build and per­for­mance of the ma­chine, all the boxes were very quickly ticked.”

The El­tec brand comes out of the FrenchCana­dian prov­ince of Que­bec, be­ing de­signed and built by a fam­ily-owned log­ging busi­ness.

Steven came across El­tec when re­search­ing equip­ment to re­place ma­chines in his crews that were get­ting up in hours and was im­pressed af­ter he and his un­cle, Mur­ray, met the fam­ily dur­ing a trip to Que­bec and ex­pe­ri­enced the El­tec ma­chines first-hand.

El­tec pro­duces a pur­pose built 40-tonne log loader/har­vester, three sizes of feller buncher/ har­vester rang­ing from the 27-tonne 220 (ze­roswing) and more pow­er­ful 33-tonne 270 model, through to the 36-plus tonne 310 and a 40-tonne model called the 417 that was cre­ated on a 317 base with the New Zealand mar­ket in mind. It has a heav­ier high and wide un­der­car­riage and other heavy-duty com­po­nents, plus a pur­pose­built cab, and is pow­ered by a 330hp ver­sion of the Cum­mins QSL9 en­gine.

El­tec has also de­vel­oped its own lev­el­ling sys­tem to en­able har­vesters to work on steeper slopes in greater com­fort, which is avail­able as an op­tion on all mod­els. Fol­low­ing the ar­rival of the first ma­chine, Steven says seven oth­ers are due to ar­rive over the com­ing months and will in­clude a large loader, along with a 277 model felling ma­chine on a fixed base and another built onto the new lev­el­ling base, plus a 317 feller-buncher and sev­eral 417 har­vesters (with a cou­ple fea­tur­ing SouthS­tar har­vester heads fac­tory-fit­ted by El­tec).

Steven ran his own engi­neer­ing busi­ness be­fore get­ting into log­ging nine years ago and has an in­sight into what is re­quired to make the El­tec brand suc­ceed here in New Zealand. Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the first 417 in his own work­ing environment, Steven says he’s even more en­thu­si­as­tic about its po­ten­tial here.

The first New Zealand El­tec 417 har­vester at work with Stokes Log­ging in Wood­hill For­est.

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