Tiger­cat/One­trak Tassie field days re­sound­ing suc­cess

Australian Forests and Timber - - FIELD DAYS -

ONE­TRAK, IN con­junc­tion with Tiger­cat, re­cently held forestry field days show­cas­ing var­i­ous Tiger­cat mod­els work­ing in a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions in Tas­ma­nia. It was pleas­ing to see many con­trac­tors travel from in­ter­state for the event as well as a solid lo­cal con­tin­gency from Tas­ma­nia.

The two day trip in­cluded vis­it­ing five dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions spread­ing from Launceston in the north of Tas­ma­nia to Ho­bart in the south. The group got to see sev­eral Tiger­cat ma­chines work­ing in a va­ri­ety of har­vest­ing pre­scrip­tions. The trip also in­cluded a visit to the One­trak deal­er­ship in Brighton. The One­trak op­er­a­tion in Brighton man­u­fac­tures buck­ets and at­tach­ments and also un­der­takes forestry equip­ment guard­ing pack­ages, i.e. cab ris­ers, over cab and over body pro­tec­tion.

Field Day 1:

Con­gre­gat­ing in Launceston, a con­voy of 4x4 ve­hi­cles headed for the Mech­a­nised Log­ging op­er­a­tion on the North West Coast. Here we were able to wit­ness the Tiger­cat LH855C lev­el­ling har­vester work­ing with the Waratah HTH625C pro­ces­sor in a large clear fell pine op­er­a­tion. Felling this tim­ber for the pro­ces­sor was the Tiger­cat L855C lev­el­ling buncher fit­ted with the new de­signed 5185 fixed bar saw head. This head was de­signed by Tiger­cat for con­trolled felling of large trees with a float fea­ture for some shov­el­ling ca­pa­bil­ity.

Head­ing east next to Perotti Broth­ers En­ter­prises blue gum op­er­a­tion, Nick Perotti was on-site to show­case their op­er­a­tion and the Tiger­cat H822C fit­ted with the HTH616C Waratah pro­ces­sor. This par­tic­u­lar ma­chine is fit­ted with the te­le­scopic boom op­tion which is quite rare in Aus­tralia as the stan­dard Tiger­cat har­vest­ing boom length is com­pa­ra­ble with com­peti­tor ma­chines with a te­le­scopic boom fit­ted. This ma­chine with the

Field Day 2:

Head­ing out of Ho­bart, the first stop was the One­trak Brighton fa­cil­ity lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 30km north of Ho­bart on the way to Launceston. Here we were able to see var­i­ous ex­ca­va­tor build-ups in progress. One ma­chine was a Hyundai R210LC-9 High Chas­sis ex­ca­va­tor that was be­ing mod­i­fied for the SA Green Tri­an­gle Blue Gum ap­pli­ca­tion fit­ted with over­body pro­tec­tion, off-line oil cool­ers and as­so­ci­ated plumb­ing and op­er­a­tor cabin mod­i­fi­ca­tion to meet the strin­gent Aus­tralian forestry de­sign reg­u­la­tions.

From here we met Kevin and Robert Mus­kett at their New Nor­folk op­er­a­tion. They were kind enough to take us col­lec­tively to one of their soft­wood op­er­a­tions in the Der­went Val­ley. In be­tween snow storms we were lucky enough to find a few hours sun­shine and te­le­scopic boom fit­ted has a very im­pres­sive 11075mm reach.

Next stop was the AKL Pty Ltd clear fell blue gum op­er­a­tion where Har­vest Man­ager Jake Hughes took the time to show us around their high pro­duc­tiv­ity 6x6 Tiger­cat 635D skid­der. This par­tic­u­lar ma­chine was fit­ted with band-tracks on the rear bo­gie due to the steep ter­rain and ground con­di­tions. All were im­pressed with the ma­chine’s abil­ity to climb and work on slopes that would have been im­pos­si­ble with a con­ven­tional 4x4 skid­der.

The orig­i­nal Tiger­cat L830C lev­el­ling buncher was sup­ply­ing wood to the 635D skid­der on this op­er­a­tion. This ma­chine is fit­ted with the 5702 sin­gle post disc-saw that is com­fort­able with larger piece sized ma­te­rial but was work­ing equally well in the smaller blue gum stand.

Day one con­cluded with a drive to Ho­bart where we were joined by some other con­trac­tors from the south­ern forests for din­ner and some en­joy­able net­work­ing.

■ Tas field day group.

■ Mech­a­nised Log­ging's L855C.

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