Quality Softwood Harvesting Australia
improvements to make servicing the machine even easier. The new engine hood is electrically powered and can be used as a service platform in the open position. There are 8 service hatches in the chassis providing access where it is needed most and a drain valve under the engine makes it easy to replace the engine oil without spillages. There are easily accessible inspection points for oil in the engine, differentials and gearbox.
The cab on the new Komatsu 895 has been upgraded as well. Improved operator protection is Some of the reasoning behind the purchase of the new generation
895 Forwarder for Quality Softwood Harvesting Australia included good traction in wet conditions, electric cab, good bonnet tilt, and one touch diff locks being easier to use.
The business roots go back to 1981 when James and Patricia Crozier won one of the original ANM contracts.
It’s still a family business involving Lyn McIntyre (daughter of J&P) Chris (Lyn’s son), Bonnie McIntyre (Lyn’s daughter), Sebastian Berg (Lyn’s son-in-law) and long standing employee Brett Caunt (Harvester operator in front of the new 895 [the 98th of the series delivered and commissioned in Australia] and also fills in the 895). The operation currently has seven machines producing about 220,000 tonnes a year in varied stands. The new 895 works in radiata for Forest Corporation NSW, currently in the Carabost/Coppabella area south of Tumbarumba, and is operated by Bonnie.
provided by a sturdier cab framework and windows secured with bolts to enable simple replacement of worn windows. Some of the other upgraded features include a start button, central locking with a remote control key, and additional work lights. The Komatsu 895 is equipped with the market’s most modern control Chris said the Komatsu Forest connection goes way back to when the Jones brothers started out.
“Most of our contact now is with Nigel Howard and Jason McGuffie (Tumut/ Tumbarumba service technician). Brett Jones drops in for visit a few times a year. We have purchased a lot of equipment from KF since the start. “We have one of the first 895s which now has 6500 hours up, thanks to Jason McGuffie who went above and beyond to keep it going with minimal disturbance to production. It would seem most issues have been ironed out now.
“The main reason for the purchase of the latest 895 is the service provided by Jason McGuffie and also the discount for buying two machines,” said Chris. Bonnie’s views on new 895: love the preheater; better load gate; good traction in wet conditions; electric cab; good bonnet tilt; one touch diff locks easier to use.
system, MaxiXplorer. It will be available with the fully-integrated crane scale Protec Scale in the very near future, which enables the load to be weighed automatically for production follow-ups and operational monitoring. The scale link is just as compact as a standard link and protects the hose routing for the rotator. Production can be monitored back at the office in MaxiFleet, the world’s first fleet management system for forest machines.