It’s fast and it works with ease!

Australian Forests and Timber - - FORWARDERS -

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.

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