Australian Forests and Timber

Deere ramps up in the forest

Perfect addition to the fleet


AFTER ATTENDING forestry’s flagship event, AUSTimber – Luke Jones, Director at Jones Forest Management, decided to add the John Deere 2154D swing machine fitted with a Waratah 622C to his existing fleet of Hitachi and John Deere machines. Recently delivered on site in North West Tasmania, feedback is that it’s ‘working very well, head and base are a great combinatio­n and a perfect addition to the fleet’.

Luke has worked in the forestry industry for the past 20 years, making his start in his father’s business in 1996 before Luke and is wife Belinda establishe­d their own company in 2006.

With operations from one end of the eastern sea board to the other, the two operations are around 4,000km apart. One operation in far Northern Queensland and the other in the North West region of Tasmania, providing a full range of services to the timber industry including site preparatio­n, timber harvesting and timber haulage. To assist in his operations, Luke has now acquired a Hitachi ZX270 used as a log loader, a John Deere 1710D and 1910E forwarder and recently the John Deere 2154.

The 2154D is the entry level swing machine with an operating weight of 26.6 tonnes. This machine offers strong boom tower arrangemen­t, thick base plates, additional welding and strengthen­ing in known critical areas, and large diameter swing bearings making the 2154D extremely durable. Incorporat­ing revolution­ary technology purpose-built to perform in the harshest of environmen­ts, the 2154D swing machine boasts a robust structure designed to suit a variety of forestry applicatio­ns.

“I’ve been a fan of the John Deere brand for a very long time, and when I found out about this machine, the build quality coupled with back-up service that Hitachi provides – I knew I couldn’t go wrong,” said Luke.

Thousands of test hours in dense woods have evolved some seriously tough traits in the new 2154D Forestry Swing Machine. Three work modes, a powerful swing system, improved horsepower, and a new hydraulic system promise one versatile harvester. As log loaders or shovel loggers, road builders, processor/harvesters, or stroke delimber carriers, D-Series Forestry Swing Machines prove anything less is really just prey.

“With the selection of machines now in my fleet, I have a complete system supplied by Hitachi Constructi­on Machinery Australia,” says Luke. “I harvest and cut-to-length with the new 2154D, forward the wood to roadside with the John Deere 1910E and load out with the Hitachi ZX270.

“The 2154D is performing and meeting all expectatio­ns; it’s very quiet, stable and economical to run, the operator is very comfortabl­e and enjoys being in the machine. The power and performanc­e of the John Deere engine provide ample hydraulic power.

“One of the main benefits of running John Deere equipment are engines and their performanc­e and fuel efficiency. The JDLink is also a huge benefit. It allows me to monitor the machine from anywhere via internet access and my cell phone.”

The factory purposebui­lt side-entry cab with integral vertical bars and polycarbon­ate windows, meet safety requiremen­ts for forestry applicatio­ns while maximising visibility. Climate control is available with side-entry cabs, to ensure operator comfort.

To complement great forward visibility, sight lines have been verified using 3-D modelling to maximise worksite visibility.

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