Cat offers six and eight wheel drive
forwarders equipped with 174hp Cat
3056E engines and supported through
Caterpillar's international dealer network. They feature a torque converted
power shift Funk DF 150 transmission,
four-speed electronic shift and an IQAN
computer control system for setting control
parameters. The forwarders are constructed
with heavy frames, purpose
-built blades with wear resistant front
cutting edge, large engine side covers
for excellent service access and adjustable
log bunks with floating cam
stakes. Full 40-degree articulation and
250-degree loader rotation provide high
maneuverability and work range. The rack and pinion fourcylinder
loader swing system features fully proportional controls
with high torque and high swing speed. Load capacity
ranges from 30,000 to 32,000 pounds. Cabs provide excellent
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Fabtek manufactures a full line of forwarders including
four, six and eight wheel drive units. With load capacities
ranging from 16,000 to 32,000 lbs., the forwarders feature
electric power shift transmissions, full load, high reach
booms and full 40-degree turning articulation. The rack and
pinion four cylinder loader swing system features fully proportional
controls with high torque and high swing speed. A rear mount loader is standard on all models. The boom
geometry is designed for maximum utility and the top
mounted stick boom cylinders stay clear of obstructions.
Fabtek forwarders feature large, high visibility cabs, hydraulic
tilt for complete under cab system access, heavy steel
plate engine and radiator coverings and vibration isolated at-
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tachment points. An option package is available on the new
tree-length clam bunk forwarder to convert back to a regular
forwarder bunk set up.
The Franklin/Treefarmer line of forwarders consists of
four and six wheel drive rubber tired frame articulated vehicles,
available with front axles or center section oscillation
in most models. These units are designed to forward timber
from the felling site to the loading area, by means of loading/
unloading the timber on the tail bunk with a roof
mounted or post mounted hydraulic loader. The current
product line offers several powershift and hydrostatic models,
varying in size, tail section length and horsepower, to
meet the changing demands of today's loggers. All the forwarders
are powered by Cummins engines and feature
Franklin 4-speed powershift transmissions. Weights range
from 10,136 kg to 16,692 kg and overall reaches range from
23.75' to 24.75'.
810D - ideal for dense thinning areas. The eight-wheel
configuration has a tight turning radius. With bogie tracks on
the optional wide rear tires and the boom secured over the
front, rear ground pressure is low, even with a fully loaded
bunk. Boom and bunk length options are available.
1010D - economical solution for mechanized and handfelling
CTL loggers. Has most of the design concepts and components of the larger forwarders. The Loader Control
System (LCS) makes loading fast and accurate. Available in
6- and 4-wheel versions, with a choice of three boom configurations
and two deck lengths.
1110D - offers loggers the highest level of automation and
on-board diagnostics with the Total Machine Control (TMC)
system. Easy-to-operate, low-maintenance and available in 6-
and 8-wheel versions. Options include three boom configurations
and two wood bunk lengths, and it's equipped with a
161-hp engine and has a 24,250-lb. load rating.
1410D - for average to long distance long hauls of random
length or two tiers of 10-ft. (3 m) wood. Choices to match
wood sizes and corridor spacing include optional boom
reach and wood bunk length. The Deere 182-hp 6068H engine
has quick-response, high-torque rise features.
1710D - Suited for large-scale fully mechanized operations
and large loads over long distances or difficult terrain. A
choice of two deck lengths and boom options enable loggers
to match the machine to wood size and mill specifications.
Powered by the John Deere 215-hp 6081H turbocharged 8.1 L
engine with a controlled power bulge.
The six F-series forwarders offer the right machine for
everything from initial thinning to the heaviest final felling.
All Logset forwarders are equipped with low-emission engines
(Sisu or Perkins), hydrostatic transmission and a NAF
The 14,200-kpg 4F forwarder has a load capacity of
10,000-kg. It's designed for thinnings, yet has power and capacity
for final felling. It's equipped with a fuel-efficient fourcylinder
intercooled Sisu engine with 2,200 rpm.
The Logset 5F is based on the same reliable technology as
the 4F, but is equipped with bigger bogies, bigger wheels and
a higher tractive force. The 5F Premium model is equipped
with a six-cylinder diesel engine instead of the four-cylinder
for the 5F. They weigh in at 14,500 kg and have 11,000 kg load
The 6F is a 14-tonne forest machine with a large load
bunk, fast crane and well-designed operation, making it an
ideal machine for continuous, heavy-duty work.
The 15-tonne F8 handles even the longest haul distances
and the steepest terrain with ease. The machine is designed
for final fellings and has a strong frame and an engine that
boasts 2,200 rpm.
The new 18-tonne 10F is the biggest and most powerful
member of the series, with an 18,000 kg capacity for the long
hauls. The flexible load bay can be widened by an extra 60
cm. The length of the load bay can be hydraulically extended
by 70 cm.
All Ponsse forwarder
the power required
to cope with extremely
and even the
most difficult terrain.
ratio between net
weight and load carrying
capacity — the
smallest turning radius
for their size
class — as well as
proportions that distribute
the weight evenly over all tires, put these forwarders
in a class of their own.
The BuffaloKing is Ponsse's largest, followed by the
Buffalo, Elk, Wisent and Gazelle.
The BuffaloKing can carry nearly its own weight in wood.
The 18-tonne BuffaloKing offers its operator a luxurious cab,
the powerful PONSSE K100 loader, ample load space, an
efficient and powerful Mercedes-Benz engine and a sturdy
structure ready for the most demanding harvesting conditions.
The Buffalo is 9,395 to 11,250 mm in length and 2,670 to
2,960 mm wide. It can carry 14,000 kg, with a load space
length of 4,240-6,100 mm and has a 7.9 mm reach. Weight distribution
over eight wheels reduces the ground pressure and
The Elk forwarder has a carrying capacity of 13 tonnes. It's
designed for extremely challenging terrain. The Elk is 9,120
to 9,725 mm (+700 mm adjustable extension) in length and
2,670 to 2,970 mm wide (depending on tires).
The Wisent is 9,050 mm in length, can carry 12,000 kg and
has a load length of 4,500 mm. And the Gazelle has the same
reach as the Buffalo and Wisent, but is lighter, 11,900 kg, with
a carrying capacity of 10,000 kg.
Rottne SMV Rapid — a 6 or 8 wheel drive forwarder rated
at 16-tonne capacity. It has a John Deere 6068 Tier II compliant
engine rated at 200 hp. The loader is a Rottne RK-90
equipped with a Hultdins Supergrip 360S grapple. The hydrostat
and working hydraulics are completely separate systems
each with their own reservoir. The control system is a
24-volt IQAN control system. The large cab is equipped with
an air suspension heated seat.
Rottne Solid F14 — 6 or 8 wheel drive forwarder rated at
14-tonne capacity. It has a John Deere 6068 Tier II compliant engine rated at 163 horsepower. The loader is a Rottne RK-80 equipped with a Hultdins Supergrip 360S grapple. The
hydrostat and working hydraulics are separate systems each
with their own reservoir. The control system is a 24-volt
IQAN control system. The large cab is also equipped with
an air suspension heated seat.
Rottne Solid F9-6 - An 8 wheel drive forwarder rated at
9-tonne capacity, built mainly for thinning applications. It
features a John Deere 4045 Tier II compliant engine rated at
140 horsepower. The loader is a Rottne RK-62 equipped with
a Hultdins Supergrip 260S grapple. Like the F14 is has the
same hydrostat and working hydraulics as well as the large
cab and suspension heated seat. The control system is a 24-
volt IQAN X Plore control and regulating system.
Tigercat builds three forwarders for extreme duty applications.
They offer tough construction, excellent cooling
capacity and great stability when traveling and loading.
The 1055 forwarder is designed with strong frames, large
pins and steer cylinders and a durable center section with
tapered roller bearings in the articulation and oscillation
joints. It's powered by a 201-hp (150 kW) Mercedes 906 Tier
II engine. Electronic canbus control technology governs
machine functions and the extra large cab with extended
windows offers improved visibility when unloading. It's
equipped with 14-tonne rated bogie axles and all control
valves are located in a single compartment accessible at
ground level. And the operator has easy access to engine
and hydraulic components through tilting engine enclosure
and tilt cab.
The more powerful 1065 is designed for maximum stability
and has many of the same features as the 1055, but is powered
by a 228-hp (170 kW) Mercedes 906 Tier II engine and
equipped with 18-tonne rated bogie axles. Like the 1055,
wagon options can be configured for 4.8m lengths or double
bunk 3m logs.
Designed for the tough final fell applications in extreme
terrain, the 50,370 lb. 1075 is equipped with a 241-hp (180
kW) Mercedes 906 Tier II engine and 20-tonne rated bogie
TimberPro has been working these past 19 months on a
totally new design for their wheeled forestry equipment. The
improvements have been dramatic to the point of being better
than initially planned. The goals were to have complete visibility
to the boom side of the cab with the engine mounted in
the rear, a larger, quieter and more comfortable cab, gullwing
access for maintenance and repair and new booms with more
lift capacity with the stick cylinder mounted on top for less
possibility of damage. This all had to be done on a rotating
platform with a radius of no more than 62 inches to retain
the no tail swing feature. This has all been accomplished on
the forwarder, feller buncher and both the clambunk and
grapple skidders, which all use the same rotating upper platform
along with engine options from 250 to 300 hp. And the
two-tone color options -red, blue or green- have made the machine
appealing as well.
Powered by a 400-hp
Cummins QSM electronic
engine, the Trans-Gesco
TG88 has a 25-ton payload
capacity and a wood basket
designed to maximize payload
for various log lengths
up to 35 feet. The heavyduty
frame and robust
loader is controlled by state
of the art load sense hydraulics
and is available
with an optional live heel for
long length. The proven 100
percent hydrostatic traction
and steering assist offers superior
maneuvrability, and a huge 160,000 lbs. of tractive effort
and a wide choice of track up to 60 inches wide for
extremely low ground pressure. The TG88 is also available
with a clambunk forwarder or grapple skidder configuration.
Komatsu Forest's new Valmet 840.3, 860.3 and 890.3 series
ergonomic and technical advances push productivity
even farther. Powered by fuel-efficient Tier-3 SisuDiesel engines,
these big machines move timber even faster.
The 6- or 8-wheel drive, 16-ton capacity Valmet 860.3 are
maneuverable all-around performers with a 6-cylinder, 190-
hp engine and 590 ft.-lb. (800 Nm) Torque at 1,500 rpm. They
feature the CRF 10 boom with longer 25.6 feet (7.8 meters)
reach and 28,544 ft.-lb. swing torque.
The 20-ton, 890.3 are powered by a 230-hp engine, with
738 ft.-lb. (1000 Nm) Torque at 1,500 rpm. These 8-wheel
drive machines feature a strong, sturdy CRF 14 boom - no
other forwarder reaches farther.
Inside, the new “dot-three” series machines have more
cab comfort, better visibility, and improved convenience making longer, more productive work shifts less stressful.
The cab is redesigned with attention down to the smallest detail. Frequently used buttons are placed more accessibly.
Lower panel profiles improve operator sight lines in all directions.
Cab windows feature integrated sunshades. The
easy-to-use MaxiForwarder system simplifies operation and
maximizes operator efficiency.
The machines feature Valmet's exclusive ProTec,
completely protected hose passage between the boom tip
and grapple. New braking technology effectively dampens
grapple swing. It also has a specially designed rotator. ProTec
likely increases operator productivity by more than 10
percent while reducing snag hose breaks by 20 percent.
Valmet gets to and from the landing fast. Its unique
articulated design provides excellent stability and allows for
tight and safe turns.