It may be com­pact but it’s a big worker!

Australian Forests and Timber - - LOG LOADERS -

SIM­PLE, COM­PACT and pro­duc­tive, Tigercat’s truck-mounted 220D loader for short­wood and smaller tree-length pulp­wood or biomass load­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, works a treat. And, ac­cord­ing to Robert Ber­gin ( R & V Ber­gin, Tum­barumba), the 220D doesn’t skimp on dura­bil­ity, ei­ther.

“You don’t have many break­downs; you don’t have silly lit­tle things go wrong. The 220 has been work­ing con­sis­tently since 2005. We had to do some work on the ro­ta­tor at about 7,000 hours. At about 13000 hours, we had to do a re­place­ment on the grap­ple,” says Robert. “The 220C now has 8,800 hours and the only ma­jor re­pair has been to re­place the oil cooler”.

“You sit well in the cab, have good vi­sion and there’s more room in the cab.”

And Robert says op­er­at­ing the ma­chine is sim­ple for a new op­er­a­tor. “We’ve got one set up with ex­ca­va­tor like con­trols. An op­er­a­tor com­ing straight from a For­warder find it eas­ier to drive with the ex­ca­va­tor con­trols,” he says.

The Ber­gin busi­ness now has three Tigercat log load­ers, a 220 (de­liv­ered in Novem­ber 2005), a 220C (de­liv­ered in Fe­bru­ary 2011) and a 220D (de­liv­ered in May this year). Robert said there had been a fuel tank prob­lem with the first one but this had been fixed and changed with the sec­ond one.

The Tigercat con­nec­tion started many years back when R & V Ber­gins bought a 630C Skid­der. That ma­chine helped forge a trust and re­spect with the brand, so, when a new con­tract came along and a ma­chine pur­chase had to be made they didn’t hes­i­tate to go with Tigercat’s 220 loader.

“Tigercat was based in Tu­mut so prox­im­ity if re­pairs were needed was a fac­tor at that time. As soon as we put the Tigercat to work, we knew how much bet­ter it was than the “other” ma­chine we had. Es­pe­cially no­tice­able was the greater lift ca­pac­ity” said Robert.

“My grand­par­ents started the busi­ness and my fa­ther has con­tin­ued it on and now I am also in­volved in the day to day or­gan­is­ing of the busi­ness,” Robert says of the har­vest and haul con­tract­ing firm that cur­rently em­ploys 63 peo­ple.

“We haul for HVP and har­vest and haul for Visy, Hume Forests and PF Olsen, and we do a lit­tle bit for State Forests,” he says.

The 220 load­ers are con­structed with high qual­ity, im­pact re­sis­tant weld­ments. The durable up­per assem­bly ro­tates on the same large di­am­e­ter swing bear­ing as the rest of the loader and feller buncher line. The rigid Tigercat fab­ri­cated sub­frame makes for a sta­ble base.

The strength-to-weight op­ti­mized boom is spe­cially de­signed for fast and ef­fec­tive short­wood load­ing.

Tigercat is dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by One­trak with five re­gion­ally si­t­u­ated sales & ser­vice out­lets across the coun­try. Due to the re­sound­ing cus­tomer feed­back on the Tigercat 220D truck-mounted loader, One­trak will keep a stock unit here in Aus­tralia for im­proved cus­tomer avail­abil­ity.

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