FIRST THROUGH THE for­est

This busy West Aus­tralian-based forestry com­pany has re­cently in­vested in a Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C in or­der to process wood­lots in the de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ment of the Great South­ern re­gion. Armed with a va­ri­ety of for­est-spe­cific hard­ware, RMT Har­vest­ing’s lat

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Al­though RMT Har­vest­ing has only been on-site at the 400-hectare block they’re cur­rently in work­ing for a month or so, Reville Volker and his team have been hard at work in the forests of the Great South­ern re­gion, in­land from Al­bany on the south coast of West Aus­tralia, for four years now.

Hav­ing bought the com­pany off an­other con­trac­tor in 2014, Reville has ex­panded RMT Har­vest­ing’s man­power steadily; the four har­vesters and two for­warders he in­her­ited back then hav­ing mor­phed into eight har­vesters and three for­warders to­day.

“We have eight ex­ca­va­tors in all, but this is the first Hyundai we’ve pur­chased,” Reville says. “I’ve known Porter Equip­ment ter­ri­tory man­ager Matt Mil­ner for a while, so when he sug­gested look­ing at the Hyundai I was keen to check it out.

“The first thing that struck me was the ready-to-work na­ture of the pack­age Porter Equip­ment put to­gether for us. The Hyundai is in a for­est-spe­cific con­fig­u­ra­tion, so I knew that once de­liv­ered, I could get it out into the block and work­ing for me straight away.

“Be­cause other ma­chines I have pur­chased in the past are all stan­dard ex­ca­va­tors, there is a lot of ex­tra work that has to be done to en­sure they’re go­ing to go okay in the for­est.

“Re­con­fig­ur­ing the nose cone, the boom and en­sur­ing the front wind­screen is Mar­guarded; this sort of prep-work adds to the timeline, which isn’t ideal. With the Hyundai though, it was just a case of bolt­ing on the pro­cess­ing head and go­ing for it.”

In its for­est-ready con­fig­u­ra­tion, Reville’s Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C fea­tures a num­ber of dif­fer­ences to its spec­i­fi­ca­tion. In ad­di­tion to its ar­mour, the op­er­a­tor’s cab is big­ger than a con­ven­tional cab with a big­ger glasshouse area. It sits higher than the cab would on

With the Hyundai though, it was just a case of bolt­ing on the pro­cess­ing head and go­ing for it.

a con­ven­tional ex­ca­va­tor too. Height is a theme here, with RMT Har­vest­ing’s Hyundai sit­ting on a high-rise un­der­car­riage.

“This fea­ture re­ally comes into its own when we’re go­ing through the block on the se­cond ro­ta­tion; the high-rise un­der­car­riage clears the stumps with ease,” Reville ex­plains, adding that he has also been very im­pressed with the way the ma­chine de­liv­ers its power in an ef­fi­cient man­ner.

“The ma­chine tends to run at around 1600rpm, which might sound quite low, but it’s more than enough power to op­er­ate the pro­cess­ing head. The ma­chine doesn’t get over-stressed and it’s bet­ter for the com­pany’s bot­tom line too; I reckon I’m prob­a­bly sav­ing about six litres an hour com­pared to the other ma­chines we run.”

Straight out of the box, Hyundai’s R210LC-9 H/C has ce­mented it­self as a main­stay in the earth­mov­ing and pri­mary in­dus­tries for many years now.

Aside from Reville’s be­spoke fit­ment for the forestry in­dus­try, the Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C ar­rives with other stan­dard fea­tures any op­er­a­tor can look for­ward to util­is­ing, such as an er­gonom­i­cally-de­signed op­er­a­tor seat and in-cab con­trols, de­signed to help mit­i­gate fa­tigue in the field.

Blue­tooth hands-free ca­pa­bil­ity for mo­bile de­vices is also stan­dard, adding fur­ther to the safer ‘ev­ery day use’ na­ture of the ma­chine, while for the ser­vice per­son ac­cess to all ser­vice pan­els and con­sum­able re­fill points is straight for­ward. Anti-slip plates across the ex­ca­va­tor’s body panel sur­faces mean work­ing on the ma­chine – even in cli­mates de­cid­edly damper than those of West Aus­tralia – re­mains a safe ac­tiv­ity as well.

In terms of power, Hyundai’s choice of Cum­mins turbo-diesel en­gine tech­nol­ogy has also proven a win­ner. Re­lied upon in harsh, de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ments in many parts of the world, the 6.7-litre 151hp (113kW) en­gine meets Tier III emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

Here the Cum­mins en­gine is paired with a ro­bust and in­tel­li­gent hy­draulics sys­tem for consistent per­for­mance. Hyundai has im­proved pump out­put ca­pac­i­ties for the hy­draulic sys­tem, with the man­u­fac­turer’s CAPO (Com­puter Aided Power Op­ti­mi­sa­tion) sys­tem tun­ing both en­gine and pump power ac­cord­ing to work load.

This is achieved with the use of mode set­tings the op­er­a­tor can choose be­tween, de­pend­ing on what task the ma­chine needs to com­plete. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing ef­fi­ciency mea­sures such as auto de­cel­er­a­tion and power boost, the sys­tem also mon­i­tors en­gine speed, coolant and hy­draulic oil tem­per­a­ture.

This sort of fea­ture is es­pe­cially rel­e­vant for Reville’s team, who rou­tinely process tim­ber in 35-de­gree heat through the sum­mer months.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing we cover a 120km ra­dius around Al­bany, so this works well when it comes time for ser­vic­ing our gear.”

“This ma­chine has done 800 hours now and has al­ready been through ini­tial ser­vic­ing. The lo­cal ser­vice agent made sure that that work was done dur­ing sched­uled down time. Al­though with the amount of work we have on at present, those op­por­tu­ni­ties are few and far be­tween.

“It’s a pretty good ma­chine though, backed by a good sup­port provider, so we feel well cov­ered,” con­cludes Reville.

The ma­chine doesn’t get over-stressed and it’s bet­ter for the com­pany’s bot­tom line too.

Far left: The Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C is fit­ted with a 6.7-litre 151hp (113kW) en­gine

Left: The Hyundai was sup­plied in a readyto-work for­est-spe­cific con­fig­u­ra­tion

Far Left: The ma­chine has just com­pleted 800 hours and been through ini­tial ser­vic­ing

Left: Anti-slip plates are fit­ted across the ma­chine’s body pan­els

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