Pow­er­ful Pon­sse pres­ence at AUSTim­ber

Australian Forests and Timber - - AUSTIMBER 2016 -

ONE OF the largest man­u­fac­tur­ers of For­warders and Wheeled Har­vesters in the world will be mak­ing its pres­ence felt at AUSTim­ber 2016.

Pon­sse machines will be high­lighted dur­ing the spe­cial event near Trar­al­gon and, ac­cord­ing to Pon­sse’s Aus­tralian agent Peter Ran­dalls (Ran­dalls Equip­ment Com­pany), it will be a top chance for con­trac­tors to ac­tu­ally try the machines.

“I’m sure AUSTim­ber will be the first time for many Aus­tralian forestry con­trac­tors to ac­tu­ally sit in the machines,” Peter said

“Pon­sse is to­day the largest man­u­fac­ture of For­warders and Wheel Har­vesters in the world, so for Aus­tralian log­ging con­trac­tors to see what the world uses in the in­dus­try is sure to be a high­light.

“We will be run­ning the Pon­sse Bear Har­vester in pine site along­side a Pon­sse Ele­phant King For­warder.

“In the hard­wood site we will run the ERGO 8wd Har­vester with Euca H7 head also with a Pon­sse Ele­phant King For­warder.

“I am sure one big at­trac­tion for any­one vis­it­ing AUSTim­ber will be the Pon­sse Scor­pion King Har­vester. This model will be on site and we ex­pect great in­ter­est in it,” said Peter.

The plan for Pon­sse machines to be dis­played at AUSTim­ber in­cludes Pon­sse Ele­phant King 8WD For­warders, Pon­sse Bear 8WD Har­vester, Pon­sse Scor­pion King Har­vester, Pon­sse ERGO 8WD Har­vester with Pon­sse Euca H7 har­vest­ing head (for the hard­wood), Pon­sse H10 Har­vest­ing head static .

And, when it comes to heads, Ran­dalls will be fea­tur­ing SP Mask­iner...

the SP591LX G2 Euca har­vest­ing head fit­ted to SANY SY245F Ex­ca­va­tor base har­vester build up. There will also be static dis­play for the SP har­vest­ing heads .

Ran­dalls Ro­tat­ing Log Grap­ples will be static on site with an­other static unit SANY SY235C or 245F High Wide on site with Ran­dalls Ro­tat­ing Grap­ple model .80IR22. In­dex­a­tor Ro­ta­tors will also be fea­tured around the site.

Ran­dalls Equip­ment Com­pany has been man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tribut­ing forestry equip­ment and at­tach­ments since 1968. The com­pany man­u­fac­tures a large range of Ro­tat­ing Log Grap­ples for Ex­ca­va­tors with sales through­out South East Asia.

Ei­nari Vid­grén de­liv­ered the first Pon­sse Paz forest ma­chine to ma­chine en­tre­pre­neur Eero Vainikainen in 1971. On the wall of the shabby cof­fee room of the small ma­chine shop, there was a map of Fin­land. A pin was placed on the lo­ca­tion where the cus­tomer was based, Kart­tula.

It was a dif­fi­cult time in the Fin­nish econ­omy. In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion was only be­gin­ning, farm fields had been rapidly re­moved from use and hun­dreds of thou­sands had mi­grated to Swe­den to find work. It was a time of re­ces­sion.

How­ever, Ei­nari firmly be­lieved in the newly com­pleted ma­chine. “This will be­come the Mercedes of the forests” was the phrase he kept re­peat­ing in the small Vieremä vil­lage, far re­moved from in­dus­trial cen­tres. In the be­gin­ning, the pro­duc­tion quan­ti­ties were mod­est, and the young en­tre­pre­neur could not get any fi­nanc­ing. How­ever, the machines built with hard work func­tioned well and were con­stantly de­vel­oped.

Years have passed and Ei­nari’s work con­tin­ues. Pon­sse has reached the top of forest ma­chine man­u­fac­tur­ers world­wide and early this year notched up a su­perb mile­stone ... its 10,000th forestry ma­chine was de­liv­ered. The map that started from a sin­gle pin has since gath­ered pins in more than 40 coun­tries.

A pair of Pon­sse machines at work.

The Scor­pion King.

Ergo eu­ca­lypt har­vest­ing.

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