First new Madill yarder for Rose­warne

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

NORTH­LAND-BASED ROSE­WARNE Con­trac­tors has had a few Madill yarders over the years, but it has only now taken de­liv­ered of the com­pany’s first brand new one.

The new Madill 124 has gone to work with a Rose­warne crew in the Glen­bervie For­est, pulling large Ra­di­ata Pine stems off steep coun­try north of Whangarei.

Re­cently de­liv­ered by New Zealand dis­trib­u­tor, Porter Equip­ment, the new yarder doesn’t ac­tu­ally re­place any of the com­pany’s old Madills, which are still work­ing with other crews, al­though com­pany owner, Lars Rose­warne, says it is work­ing in place of an old Thun­der­bird TY155 swinger.

The de­ci­sion to go for a new yarder was not taken lightly but Lars goes on to say that “it is one of our bet­ter de­ci­sion, it’s work­ing bloody well – from the time we got it de­liv­ered into the for­est it hasn’t missed a beat”.

The Cana­dian-built 124 is still pro­duced to the orig­i­nal de­sign, us­ing proven com­po­nents and tech­nol­ogy and that’s what at­tracted the Rose­warne team, “plus, Porters is a big out­fit and we know them well, so we didn’t have any wor­ries on that score,” adds Lars.

There is, how­ever, one im­prove­ment that has im­pressed him; the fit­ment of a larger cool­ing sys­tem, which will be very wel­come when the hot North­land sum­mer ar­rives.

“The new cool­ing pack­age is part of the move to a Tier 4 en­gine,” says Lars. “This one still has a Tier 3, but we got all the up­graded cool­ing sys­tem ahead of the switch.”

A very no­tice­able part of the pack­age that was added af­ter the 124 ar­rived in New Zealand was the im­pres­sive art­work on the body, which de­picts a Beaver and Kiwi watched over by an Amer­i­can Ea­gle, against a back­ground of the three na­tional flags.

It dif­fers from the comic hero art­work on other Rose­warne ma­chines and Lars says: “It was some­thing we wanted to do to show the her­itage of the 124 and its new Kiwi home.”

Op­er­a­tor, Ben, puts the new Rose­warne Madill 124 through its paces in the Glen­bervie For­est.

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