Komatsu Forest meeting new demands in log handling
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.
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