Shanbe Logging (Col and Jill Wescombe)
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.