Tigercat/Onetrak Tassie field days resounding success
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.