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