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Wider Stance, More Clearance Planned For Komatsu PC 95

By Tony Kryzanowski
Copyright 1997. Contact publisher for permission to use.

Komatsu Canada will introduce a number of important modifications to its PC 95 carrier, making it more attractive to potential forestry customers. The result will be greater stability and better clearance.

Product Marketing Manager for Komatsu Canada Peter Frasunkiewicz says they plan to increase ground clearance on the carrier by up to 10" and will widen its stance by 10" - up to 8' 1".

The reasons are two-fold. Firstly, Frasunkiewicz says it will give the carrier more stability. And secondly, the carrier will offer better ground clearance, opening up a potential market for the carrier in areas that habitually experience deep snow and rough terrain. In addition to a wider undercarriage, Komatsu will equip it with wider 600-mm shoes, and with flotation style rock guards.

He adds that by widening the carrier, it will now have practically zero tail swing. The PC 95 carrier became available in North America in early 1996. So far, they have sold 12 units to forestry operators in the US, and one to Conifer Farms Ltd. in Keswick, Ontario. Giving the unit better clearance was not a concern for Conifer Farms because they perform thinning and cut-to-length harvesting north of Toronto, an area that does not experience a great deal of snowfall, according to Frasunkiewicz.

Prior to its arrival in North America, the PC 95 was introduced in Europe through Komatsu's Italian manufacturing headquarters. Rather than developing an upgraded Japanese version of the existing PC 90 carrier, Komatsu decided to introduce the PC 95 to North America instead.

The PC 95 has a Perkins engine with a flywheel horsepower rating of 73 hp at 2,000 rpm. It is mounted transversely in the engine compartment for easy access and easy maintenance. It is a four-cylinder, four- cycle, water-cooled, direct injection engine. The carrier's operating weight is 20,084 lbs.

Among its attractions for loggers is its minimal tail swing. It has a 4'11" tail swing radius.

It uses a hydraulic system called MULTIMODE, which is a double, variable displacement pump and a third gear pump that incorporates a special multi-function device. This allows for easy hookup of forestry processor attachments. Frasunkiewicz says the 9'7" swing boom comes standard on the PC 95. It can offset up to 60' on both sides.

The cab is sound-insulated all-weather steel, with safety glass windows. The carrier also comes with a 7'9" X 1'4" blade, with maximum lift above ground of 1'3". They also offer an optional 7'2" blade.

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