Shanbe Log­ging (Col and Jill Wescombe)

Australian Forests and Timber - - Harvesters -

Col and Jill have had a long and close con­nec­tion with Ko­matsu For­est dating back to 2002 when they pur­chased a cou­ple of sec­ond hand ma­chines. “Since that time we have had many deal­ings with them, our last pur­chase be­ing a 951 wheeled har­vester fit­ted with a Ko­matsu C144 har­vest­ing head and the 895 for­warder”, said Jill.

“We also have a 951 wheeled har­vester fit­ted with a Ko­matsu C132 head cou­pled with an­other 895 that we pur­chased about 2 years ago. All are work­ing in For­est Corp first thin­ning blocks”, she said. “The 951 def­i­nitely out-pro­duces the track har­vesters with op­er­a­tor com­fort an­other stand out point, as is re­li­a­bil­ity.

“The maxi fleet com­puter con­fig­u­ra­tion is also an added ben­e­fit as we can see on our com­put­ers in the of­fice what the Har­vesters and for­warders are pro­duc­ing. It can be paired with the map­ping fea­tures if we want,” said Col.

“The com­bi­na­tion of the 951 Har­vester and 895 For­warder means in­creased pro­duc­tion with less op­er­a­tor fa­tigue.”

“Backup with ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance are ex­cel­lent as KF have a diesel me­chanic sta­tioned in nearby Tu­mut. Parts are nor­mally avail­able next day as well, so down­time is min­i­mal. The ProAct war­ranty is also an­other great KF fea­ture,” he said.

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