It’s fast and it works with ease!
IT’S UNBELIEVABLE it’s so fast. We’re pulling wood about 1.5km or probably even further but it’s so quick and you can get a good load on it.” That’s how Rod Keith, managing director of Monterey Logging has described his new Ponsse Forwarder.
He only took delivery of it a couple of months back but already he’s impressed with the 8WD Ponsse Elephant King Forwarder ... the biggest in the Ponsse range. It was particularly designed for demanding conditions and heavy loads. The tractive force, powerful engine and the 20-tonne carrying capacity guarantee efficient timber transportation both on sloping sites and during long transports.
He said he had no complaints about his previous Forwarders and added ... “this is state-of-the-art so it’s got to be better and it was quite a bit cheaper -- it was a demo -- and it was the first one here. I get on pretty well with Randalls (Australian agent for Ponsse). I’ve bought a couple of heads from them and a machine. Their mechanic has done his apprenticeship on Ponsse,” said Rod.
“You need someone who knows a bit about them.
“They were all the things that swayed me to buy it,” he said.
The durable frame structure, strong bogies, sturdy cylinderpowered frame oscillation lock complete with the high ground clearance ensure smooth operation and carefree operating hours, even under difficult operating conditions. The frame structures are durable and easy to maintain.
The high-quality material choices and modern manufacturing technology maximise the service life and reliability of the machine even under demanding conditions. The construction of the new bogies is stronger than before, providing hours of carefree operating.
On the operator comfort side Rod was quick to point out ... “It’s pretty good, not that I’ve driven it much, but the operator feedback is positive”.
The fully upgraded Ponsse Elephant King cabin offers a viewpoint to the latest forest machine technology. It provides a working environment for skilled professionals who value comfort, safety and ergonomics. The ergonomics of the controls represent the cutting edge of forest machines and, thanks to the large cabin, wide windows and thin window pillars, the visibility from the cabin is excellent in all directions. The new Ponsse Comfort forest machine user interface has been developed together with drivers and it utilises years of experience.
Rod was also impressed with the load capacity . “Productivity and capacity, big difference, yep a big difference, probably a third more. A big difference!”
And on fuel usage, he said ... “It’s OK if you compare the loads and distances were are doing. This machine has been doing fair distances so if it (site) was closer it would be very economical.”
“Best thing I ever did was buy the new machines, even though you gotta pay for them! But there’s wood coming out everywhere,” he quipped.
Rod’s outfit had been operating in pine for the last 12 years and, according to him, “we finally got into doing some blue gum, harvesting plantations that we planted and managed”.
His career in forestry started about 25 years ago. “I started planting and ripping with dozers about 25 years back and then got a job managing a plantation and then harvesting and went and made the silly mistake of going harvesting myself,” he joked.
But, jokes aside, Rod is definitely impressed with “the King”.
Ponsse builds eight models of forwarders from the smallest Gazelle model ( 10 ton capacity) to the Large Elephant King ( 20 ton capacity ) and is the world’s largest manufacturer of Forwarders and Rubber Tired Harvesters .
■ The King working in blue gum plantations.
■ Ponsse Elephant King Forwarder working in Pine clear fall.