Ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy re­sults in even more flex­i­bil­ity

Australian Forests and Timber - - FOREST MACHINES -

AUSTIM­BER HAR­VEST­ING Gipp­s­land is cur­rently work­ing with one of Aus­tralia’s largest pri­vate plan­ta­tion com­pa­nies, HVP Plan­ta­tions. Sit­u­ated across ar­eas of Vic­to­ria, the plan­ta­tion ex­tends from Gipp­s­land in the east to the bor­der with South Aus­tralia in the west and large plan­ta­tions in the north east of the state. The to­tal area of land har­vested by Austim­ber and con­trac­tors alike equates to over 240,000 hectares. About 165,000 hectares of this land is pine and eu­ca­lypt plan­ta­tion. To meet de­mand, an ex­ten­sive fleet of forestry equip­ment has since been ac­quired to ser­vice this es­tate. Austim­ber Har­vest over 500,000 tonnes of this vol­ume for HVP in Gipp­s­land.

Es­tab­lished in 2006 and com­prised of work­ing pro­fes­sion­als with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in log­ging. Ian Reid, Di­rec­tor at Austim­ber Har­vest­ing Gipp­s­land and for­mer Chair­man at the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA) says the com­pany started pos­i­tively, his busi­ness in­ter­ests and desire for new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties has seen the com­pany grow into one of the larger log­ging con­trac­tors op­er­at­ing for HVP Plan­ta­tions.

Re­cently, Austim­ber Har­vest­ing Gipp­s­land has wel­comed the all new John Deere 1270E 8WD Har­vester to the ex­ist­ing fam­ily of front­line ma­chines used to cur­rently ser­vice the longterm con­tract es­tab­lished within the plan­ta­tion es­tate. Now with a to­tal of 7 John Deere wheeled Har­vesters, 3 Hi­tachi ex­ca­va­tors and 5 John Deere for­warders, more fo­cus can be placed on op­er­at­ing a highly pro­duc­tive log­ging busi­ness whilst main­tain­ing a safe and friendly en­vi­ron­ment for their em­ploy­ees.

“We strive to keep our op­er­a­tions as sim­ple as we can whilst con­sid­er­ing the work sat­is­fac­tion of our op­er­a­tors, with great ma­chines and ex­pe­ri­enced work­men, any­thing is pos­si­ble,” said Ian.

With that in mind, the new pur­chase was a no brainer for Ian, “When the ma­chine ar­rived it was ready to work that day, ex­ceed­ing not only our ex­pec­ta­tions of John Deere and Hi­tachi but the needs of our busi­ness were met al­most im­me­di­ately,” said Ian. Tak­ing de­liv­ery of the ma­chine in late De­cem­ber, the 1270E is cur­rently ful­fill­ing a steep thin­ning op­er­a­tion for Austim­ber Har­vest­ing Gipp­s­land. “Our main rea­sons for pur­chas­ing this ma­chine in par­tic­u­lar, at­tribute to the flex­i­bil­ity in be­ing able to work from first thin­ning through to clear fall op­er­a­tions. The ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, com­mon­al­ity of parts and op­er­a­tion were also key fac­tors in the de­ci­sion,” he said.

The op­tional eight-wheeled ver­sion now de­liv­ers higher trac­tive force and more ground clear­ance to tackle steep slopes and soft soils with more con­fi­dence than ever be­fore, which is ex­actly what Ian needed to ful­fil the ap­pli­ca­tion. “We knew the 1270E could op­er­ate in both flat and steeper first and sec­ond thin­ning and clear fall op­er­a­tions pro­duc­tively within the HVP Gipp­s­land plan­ta­tions es­tate. That be­ing said the ma­chine is per­form­ing well with high avail­abil­ity rates, meet­ing productivity tar­gets and re­ceiv­ing good oper­a­tor feed­back,” said Ian.

Since its in­tro­duc­tion in 1996, the John Deere 1270 Har­vester has dom­i­nated har­vester sales world­wide while set­ting the stan­dard for dura­bil­ity and per­for­mance. “It’s well de­signed and good er­gonomic fea­tures leave op­er­a­tors feel­ing very com­fort­able in the ma­chines,” said Ian.

With its large 9.0-litre en­gine and CH7 Har­vester boom, the 1270E performs at a level nor­mally re­served for larger size-class har­vesters. “It is plenty pow­er­ful to han­dle the most de­mand­ing clear-fell op­er­a­tions, while be­ing ma­noeu­vrable enough to op­er­ate in fi­nal-thin­ning ap­pli­ca­tions,” he said.

Com­fort, vis­i­bil­ity and the over­all set-up were ma­jor fea­tures, ac­cord­ing to Ian, when asked why he de­cided to pur­chase the John Deere 1270E. “The set-up and fin­ish of the ma­chine is ex­cel­lent. It was ready to go and all we needed to do was turn the key,” he said.

As the ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor of John Deere con­struc­tion and forestry prod­ucts in the Aus­tralian mar­ket, Hi­tachi Con­struc­tion Ma­chin­ery Aus­tralia (HCA) con­tin­ues to sup­ply the forestry in­dus­try with in­no­va­tive and cut­tingedge prod­ucts. “We have built a good re­la­tion­ship with Hi­tachi over the years and we have a his­tory of pur­chases of John Deere ma­chin­ery,” said Ian. “We’re very sat­is­fied with the John Deere/Hi­tachi

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