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New South Wales-based equip­ment dealer For­est Cen­tre is set to un­veil the lat­est ad­di­tion to its prod­uct sta­ble, the TMK tree shear, at this year’s Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo in Pen­rith on April 13-15.

The com­pany, which has a long his­tory of sup­ply­ing for­est ma­chin­ery and at­tach­ments, will show­case the en­tire range at the event. There are three TMK shear mod­els to suit ex­ca­va­tors from the 2-tonne class up­wards. Each can be fit­ted with op­tional ac­ces­sories such as an ac­cu­mu­la­tor arm for multi-stem han­dling, and range in cut ca­pac­ity from 200mm to 400mm di­am­e­ter.

“Our back­ground is in pur­pose-built and forestry-con­verted equip­ment for high­pro­duc­tion tim­ber har­vest­ing and haulage op­er­a­tions,” For­est Cen­tre director and sales manager Rey Kell says. “There seems to be an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of op­er­a­tors con­tact­ing us from out­side the for­est in­dus­try, how­ever, seek­ing safer and more-ef­fi­cient at­tach­ments to han­dle tim­ber across a range of ap­pli­ca­tions.”

To meet this de­mand, the For­est Cen­tre at­tach­ment range has steadily grown, now cater­ing for a va­ri­ety of tasks from tree prun­ing, storm clean-up, dan­ger­ous limb re­moval and road­side clear­ing, through to load­ing trucks and feed­ing chip­pers.

The pur­pose-built grap­ples and grap­ple saws, suited to ex­ca­va­tors and even truck cranes, can re­duce man-on-the-ground risks in tasks where it may no longer be nec­es­sary or safe to have per­son­nel op­er­at­ing chain­saws or in­ter­act­ing closely with ma­chin­ery.

For more information visit For­est Cen­tre on­line (www.forest­cen­tre.com.au) or meet the team at Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo site num­ber 112.

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