Keep­ing ‘track’ on com­fort, power and pro­duc­tion

The John Deere M-Se­ries Har­vesters are prov­ing to be high-pro­duc­tiv­ity ma­chines for log­ging con­trac­tors in a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions. Cus­tomers are rav­ing about the un­sur­passed power-to-weight ra­tio, trac­tive ef­fort, and com­fort­able cabs.

Australian Forests and Timber - - Harvesters -

Run­ning a Har­vester over stumps and hills from six in the morn­ing un­til five at night can take a toll on an op­er­a­tor but they get out of th­ese ma­chines at the end of the day and they don’t look like they’ve been to work.

John Deere has de­signed a range of tracked har­vesters for any ap­pli­ca­tion start­ing with three non-lev­el­ing mod­els built for flat to un­du­lat­ing slopes (803MH, 853MH,903MH) with the lev­el­ing mod­els (859MH, 959MH) built to han­dle the steep and rugged ap­pli­ca­tions. M-Se­ries tracked har­vesters are built to help log­ging con­trac­tors meet the de­mands of any ap­pli­ca­tion, with im­proved ef­fi­ciency and com­fort.

The M-Se­ries tracked har­vesters have a longer, wider un­der­car­riage for in­creased sta­bil­ity and trac­tion, and tilt and lev­el­ing cabs max­i­mize op­er­a­tor com­fort and pro­duc­tiv­ity, even in chal­leng­ing ter­rain. The 859M and 959M mod­els in­cor­po­rate a patented lev­el­ing con­trol sys­tem that uses sen­sor tech­nol­ogy to max­i­mize the for­ward tilt an­gle (26 de­grees for­ward), while elec­tron­i­cally pre­vent­ing any pos­si­ble me­chan­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence when also tilt­ing to the side. The lev­el­ing en­ve­lope bound­aries are set au­to­mat­i­cally and the patented sys­tem pro­vides a smooth tran­si­tion when ap­proach­ing the lev­el­ing lim­its.

The M-Se­ries ma­chines from the 803MH right up to the 959MH are equipped with a pow­er­ful en­gine start­ing at 300hp for the 800MH- Se­ries up to 330HP in the big­ger mod­els, de­liv­er­ing premium per­for­mance, fluid ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity. Op­tional Rapid Cy­cle Sys­tem (RCS) com­bines au­to­mated har­vest­ing- at­tach­ment arm cy­cling with sim­ple boom con­trol, dra­mat­i­cally re­duc­ing op­er­a­tor fa­tigue while in­creas­ing ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity. RCS can be tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual skill lev­els and spe­cific har­vest­ing con­di­tions.

One of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures in the M-Se­ries is the redesigned op­er­a­tor sta­tion. Fully ad­justable arm­rests pro­vide fin­ger­tip con­trol of all ma­chine func­tions, and the air-con­di­tioned seat of­fers day­long com­fort in the cli­mate-con­trolled cab. Oper­a­tors are what make a con­trac­tors busi­ness go round, they sit in th­ese ma­chines day in, day out and there­fore ap­pre­ci­ate the larger cab, bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity and more legroom. Also fea­tured in the cab de­sign are floor-to-ceil­ing front and side windows plus an over­head sky­light, ex­pand­ing the view of the cut­ting area by 22%. The LED light­ing pack­age al­lows for 24/7 op­er­a­tion.

Both G-Se­ries wheeled har­vesters and M-Se­ries tracked mod­els in­cor­po­rate the John Deere ForestSight™ suite of tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions, with JDLink™ en­abling un­sur­passed lev­els of con­nec­tiv­ity. Now stan­dard in the base price for five years, JDLink en­ables re­mote ma­chine mon­i­tor­ing and sends alerts to the of­fice, mo­bile de­vice or dealer to in­form them of im­me­di­ate ma­chine is­sues. If down­time does oc­cur, ex­clu­sive re­mote di­ag­nos­tics and pro­gram­ming en­able the John Deere dealer to quickly iden­tify the is­sue at hand. JDLink al­lows con­trac­tors to view pro­duc­tiv­ity and up­time of their ma­chines while low­er­ing daily op­er­at­ing costs.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this range from John Deere, visit www. or phone 1300 HITACHI to speak to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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