Retreev Timber Harvesting Contractors
“They’ve taken a really good machine and made it better.” That’s the way Dean Venturoni (Retreev Timber Harvesting Contractors) sees the latest Komatsu Forwarder, the 895 NG (the new generation).
In the space of four years the 895 has gone from strength to strength. In fact the delivery and commissioning of the 895 for Dean was the 100th in Australia!
Dean’s connection with Komatsu Forest started back in early 2001 ... “It was still Partek then, I believe. My old man bought an 890.1; it was a change of colours for them which was a big thing.
“The Forwarder was put to work in a lot of very challenging terrain up in the Otways, running tracks front and back all year round, all the wood being pushed uphill,” Dean recalled. “The backup and the support from that first machine out in the field was excellent to say the least, and was the main reason we kept going back.
“Our relationship with KF has grown over the years along with the fleet of Forwarders and Harvesters. Bree and I started out on our own in 2008 and our relationship with KF is still strong today.
“We are still currently running a few 890.3s which have been very reliable and low maintenance machines,” said Dean.
“We bought our first 895 a couple of years ago and put it to work on a HVP clearfall operation in North East Victoria.
“It’s been an excellent machine. The operators love the room and layout in the cab, good bunk capacity, the boom is smooth to operate and has really good reach and lift. It’s just a really good package when combined with the after sales service and backup.
“When it came time to update, the 895 NG was a pretty easy choice as the first one is doing exactly what we want. Brendan, who operates the new one is very happy with it. He gets out at the end of the day feeling a lot fresher; the cab’s quieter, it has a bit more drive, too.
“There’s a lot of little improvements both for the operator and servicing. We’re really happy with it. They have taken a really good machine and made it better,” said Dean.