Your chance to pick up $2500 at AUSTimber2016
ONCE AGAIN, Komatsu Forests is sponsoring the Forwarder competition at AUSTimber2016 with the winner not only getting bragging rights but also a cool $2,500.
The competition is a good test of an operator’s crane skills along with a good demonstration of correct machine operation, adherence to safety standards and the ability to correctly identify and handle the individual components of a Forwarder.
“The overall aim of the competition is to find the operator who is most likely to respect the product being harvested, operate the machinery most efficiently and go home safely at the end of the day”, said Laurie Martin, General Manager of AUSTimber2016.
Brett Jones, Managing Director of Komatsu Forest Pty, has confirmed the machine being used this year for the competition will be the recentlyreleased Komatsu 895. There are now over 55 of these 895s working in Australia.
“The Komatsu Forwarder previously known as Valmet, has been the most popular Forwarder in Australia now for over the last 20 years. The tradition certainly seems to be continuing, even with the 895 being the new kid on block,” said Brett.
“It will surpass the legendry 890.3 in the coming years. It’s amazing that there were 120 of these 890.3s delivered into the Australian market from 2006 through to 2012 making it the most successful Forwarder to date in the Australian market,” he said.
Komatsu Forest has sponsored the National Forwarder competition since the AUSTimber 2000 show when the 890.1 was first released which was followed by the 890.2. Between these two models there were also over 120 units delivered into the Australian market.
“Once again the 890.1 and 890.2 had to live up to the successful reputation of the previous two models being the good old 892 (approx. 80 units) and the black 890 (approx. 80units) so there were over 160 combined sales of these two models into the Australia market.
“When you add up all these numbers there is no disputing that all the Komatsu (Valmet) Forwarder models have dominated the Australian market,” Brett said.
“We’re very conscious the Forwarder competition is not only of interest to contractors and forest managers but is also a good showcase to the general public of the technology and skills at work in the forest.” said Laurie.
“Given the industry needs to continually attract new people to work in it, having something like this competition gives prospective employees the opportunity to see there is work for smart people with good hand/eye skills.”
“We’ve also positioned the competition arena adjacent to the forest site entry point so all visitors are aware of where it is even when it’s not operating and they can include it in their list of things to see while they’re on site.”
Apart from the “Firewood heap” which always draws good attention from the watching crowd, this year there will also be “The clean up” which requires the operator to pick up an empty drink bottle and place it in a bin.
Apart from the operational skills, it is also a way of showing viewers the fine motor skills that are required and that can be successfully deployed to operate a forwarder to the highest professional standards.
To enter, operators should go to www.austimber.org.au/event/competition-page/ and fill in their details. Entries close 1 April but, given there is a limit to the number of heats that can be operated over the two days of competition, operators thinking of entering should get their entry in ASAP to make sure they get the opportunity to compete.
After all, if you’re good enough to win the competition, it would be a pity to see someone else walk away with the cheque.