Ko­matsu For­est meet­ing new de­mands in log han­dling

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

With the TL765D/630E as a pack­age I’m ac­tu­ally work­ing an hour a day less and a day less a week. And my pro­duc­tion hasn’t dropped. If any­thing it’s prob­a­bly gone up a lit­tle bit. That’s the im­pact it’s had on my world. I’ve got my week­ends back be­cause it’s so pro­duc­tive. My work­ing week used to be up to 65 hours a week plus travel now it’s back to 50 hours a week plus my travel time.

Nathan Tay­lor

Mech­a­nised Cable Har­vest­ing Wake­field, Nel­son, New Zealand (top of South Is­land)

Nathan is in part­ner­ship with Hamish Matthews and Ross Wood MCH mainly does teth­er­ing op­er­a­tions around Wake­field and has two crews; one har­vest­ing for Tas­man Pine Forestry, and the other for Nel­son Forestry (now owned by OneFortyOne).

The OFO crew is cur­rently op­er­at­ing a Tim­ber­pro765D fit­ted with a KF800 con­trol­fall bar saw. Nathan said the Tim­ber­pro and KF800 pack­age was ideal for their work.

“We bought the Tim­ber­pro in mid-May. Some of the stats stacked up on it re­ally good and that’s why we opted for it,” he said

He also cited the slew power as be­ing “re­ally im­pres­sive” and it also has “quite good side tilt” plus it has ease of op­er­a­tion. “Ba­si­cally, it’s a good pack­age (Tim­ber­pro and the KF 800).

“It’s got good sta­bil­ity and it’s good power-wise – re­ally, re­ally good. The feed­back from the guy who op­er­ates it is that he loves it. Power-wise it’s great. He’s re­ally happy.

“As I said, we went with the Tim­ber­pro be­cause the pack­age was very good,” Nathan said.

When asked about fea­tures of the KF800 his re­sponse was … “It has full ro­ta­tion, it’s got the high wrists so we can ac­tu­ally pick up a wind­blown tree and run it off. It gives us the abil­ity to fell say 2 tonne or 2.2 tonne trees and place them in piles for our grap­ple (Fal­con DC grap­ple). The abil­ity to put logs in nice piles was the cream for us, re­ally.

“Plus, we’re also able to fall full length trees. There’s not many other peo­ple in NZ pro­duc­ing full length trees, es­pe­cially the way we’re do­ing it.

“It gets down to grab­bing a tree, cut­ting it and plac­ing it in a pile. “With a floppy head usu­ally you fell a tree then you have to shovel into place and then place it in a good spot for the grap­ple to pick up. With the fixed head we can ba­si­cally grab a tree, cut it and then just place it di­rect in the pile and then move into the next one.

“It’s as sim­ple as that. The head is awe­some, to be hon­est.

“We’re re­ally happy. The amount of peo­ple we get in­quir­ing about the fixed head in NZ is stag­ger­ing.

“For you guys in Aus­tralia it’s prob­a­bly quite a known thing but not here in New Zealand,” he said.

The whole de­ci­sion-mak­ing process be­hind the lat­est pur­chase fol­lowed a quick trip to Aus­tralia.

“We caught up with An­drew Mahnken (Moun­tain Log­ging) and spent two or three days with An­drew who showed us around look­ing at dif­fer­ent types of heads. We came to the con­clu­sion that this KF 800 in con­junc­tion with the Tim­ber­pro was prob­a­bly go­ing to be the best choice for what we wanted to do.

“That’s re­ally how it came about.

“Our in­ter­est is try­ing to cut full length trees. We see this as an op­por­tu­nity here in NZ; cut­ting the 2-2.5 tonne trees,” Nathan said.

His over­all com­ment on the “pack­age” … “We’re pretty happy, to be hon­est.”

MCH’s Tim­ber­pro TL765D fit­ted with KF800

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