Re­treev Tim­ber Har­vest­ing Con­trac­tors

Australian Forests and Timber - - Forwarders -

“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.

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