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Harvesting and Felling Heads

Edited By Helen Johnson


Risley Equipment

Risley offers Rotosaw's new 90degree tilt rotation H2222B high-speed continuous rotate saw with a 45degree tilt each side. With a rated tree capacity of 22" and a throat width capacity of 40", the 7,880 lb H2222B features the patented 2:1 reduction drive multiplier system that provides higher torque to the cutting disc.

The Rotosaw Delta series high-speed saw heads include the H1818T, the H1920T and the H1922B. The H1922B has the same 45degree side tilt, a 40" throat and two accumulator arms for multitree production. The H1818T and the H1920T have a 30" throat capacity and 15 degrees of side tilt. The 4,700lb I1921T has a high-torque circular saw head with a rated tree capacity of 21" and 20degree dual side tilt. The Roto Cut feed system varies automatically depending on the difficulty of the cut.

The modular Rolly II singlegrip harvester/ doublegrip processor has three saw options including a 24" bar saw bottom, as well as other modular components. It fells, delimbs, processes and tops at the stump. A mounting bracket with side tilt and wrist action allows it to handle hard or softwood applications. Circle Reader Service Card #160

Davco Manufacturing

Davco Manufacturing's 1,100lb TP1000 tree harvester fells, limbs and cuts to length. The machine has a cutting capacity of up to 12" and four presets on the computerized measuring system. Other features include track drive on the tree for minimal slippage and a 0.404" harvester chain. A Danfoss PVG32, four-section valve controlled by an Omron computer and measuring system operates the functions.

Recommended carriers are the PosiTrack crawler/tractor HD4500 and the HD4520. Also from Davco is the QC 1200 feller buncher, weighing 1,100 lbs and with a cutting capacity of up to 14". Available with or without the spring loaded accumulator arm, it is also suitable for mounting on a small boom type carrier.

Requirements for both machines include a foot pedal kit, a case drain kit and a guarding package. Circle Reader Service Card #161

Patu/Kesla Oyj

Two Patu stroke heads, offered by Kesla Oyj of Finland, are the 410SH and the 560SH with maximum felling diameters of 17 3/4" and 23 1/2" respectively. The 1,060 lb 410SH has a maximum delimbing diameter of 15 3/4", a delimbing force of 9,030 lbs and a stroke of 33 1/2". The 0.404" chain saw has an 18" bar, a maximum chain speed of 145 ft/sec and maximum power of 38 hp.

The 1,760lb 560SH has a maximum delimbing diameter of 19 3/4", a delimbing force of 14,350 lbs and a stroke of 33 1/2". The 0.404 chain saw has a 25" bar, a maximum chain speed of 138 ft/sec and maximum power of 88 hp.

Patu's three roller heads include the 740 lb 355RH, the 1,060lb 405RH and the 1,560lb 505RH, with maximum felling diameters of 15 3/4", 17 3/4" and 25 1/2" respectively. Maximum delimbing diameters range from 12" to 21 3/4", delimbing force ranges from 2,900 lbs to 5,070 lbs, while delimbing speed ranges from 12 to 14 ft/sec. The three machines have 0.404" chains, with 16", 18" and 21" bars and chain speeds from 130 to 165 ft/sec. Circle Reader Service Card #163


Quadco has recently introduced a new line of heavy-duty harvester/processors. Designed and built at Quadco's Grande Prairie, Alberta factory, the new family of heads will complement the existing controlled fall Ultimate 5600. The model 6000 has a cutting capacity of 24" and the model 7500 has a 30" cutting capacity. Both models are available with either a solid mount boom adapter for processing only or a dangle mount for harvesting. A new solid-angle combination mount is also available for the 24" model. The main saw frame, which bolts on to the main frame, comes with a choice of 0.404" or 11BC3/4" pitch chain or with an Ultimate style swinging circular saw. Circle Reader Service Card #162

AFM Forest Ltd

AFM Forest harvesters from Finland are used on slewtype track-based machines and are designed to be flexible for installation on different makes and models. The 5,300lb AFM 80 Magnum, the largest and most powerful head, has a maximum cutting capacity of 33".

With four delimbing knives, two of them fixed, and a maximum delimbing diameter of 32", the Magnum has a 0.404" chain with a speed of 42 m/sec and a 30" bar. The machine is best suited to a 25 to 40ton capacity carrier. The 2,600lb AFM 60 has a 28" cutting capacity, two delimbing knives (one fixed) and a 25" bar. The compact, versatile machine is most effective with a 20ton capacity excavator or, for thinning operations, with a 14 to 17ton carrier.

The 2,740lb AFM 55 Husky has a cutting capacity of 26", four delimbing knives (two fixed), a maximum delimbing diameter of 20", a feeding force of 24 kN and a feed speed of 06 m/s.

The 1,644lb AFM 45 Corona can fell trees up to 20" in diameter and delimb up to 14" in diameter. With four delimbing knives (two fixed), the machine is maneuverable inside tight first-thinning forests, but has enough power to handle some clearcut operations. Circle Reader Service Card #164


Keto, which delivered its 2,000th head earlier this year, features a track feed with a firm but gentle grip required in zero fibre damage applications. The tracks are warranted for up to 4,000 hours. The dual track length measuring system is the most accurate system available, the company says. A top saw is standard on the three largest heads. Lower grip arms are standard on the two HD models. All of the more than 14 models in production, from the K51 to the K1000, are equipped with Hakmet computer systems. The heads come with built-in rotators, 0.404" chain saws with sawbars ranging from 21" to 29 1/2". The 750TS and 1000TS heads have 3/4" pitch and 39 1/2" sawbars. Circle Reader Service Card #165



Waratah's three HTH series harvesters handle all types of harvesting applications. The 200 series HTH260 features a 25.6" cutting capacity, high-efficiency motors for the two feed rollers and four moving and two fixed delimb knives, with the lower pair sharpened both sides. Lightweight for its capacity- also 25.6"- the HTH 470 has the feeding power of constant four-wheel drive. Its two moving and two fixed feed rollers are hydraulically serial connected.

The HTH620 processes decked wood up to 23" in diameter or small clear fell to 20" in diameter, while the HTH 620 Warrior is designed for thinning and felling up to 22" and processing to 24". It incorporates larger drive motors, larger diameter wheels, a wider frame and optional bottom delimbing arms. Developed for felling to 24" in diameter and for processing decked wood to 29" in diameter, the HTH 624 Super has large diameter feed rolls with high torque drive motors and an 11BC 3/4" pitch saw unit. The HTH 626 Bigwood fells trees up to 26" in diameter and processes up to 34".

The WaratahKoehring FL235 multipurpose felling head can fell trees up to 33" in diameter in a single cut, then delimb and top, butt trim, crosscut to log length, pile and load. It can pivot and rotate on a fixed mount with 355 degree non-continuous wrist articulation.

Felling heads in the FS (swing to tree) series have a side pocket accumulator (FS120) and centre pocket accumulators (FS122 and FS124). The advantages of the centre pocket include maintaining the best possible control of large, tall trees by keeping stems centred. The side pocket can accumulate large bunches of smaller trees without obstructing the operator's view and keeps the entire cutting area available to the last tree in the cycle.

The FS120 and FS122 have a cutting capacity of 22", while the FS124 has a 24" capacity. Standard on the FS120 is front discharge, a system that reduces debris buildup and, by eliminating the side discharge chute, also reduces the width of the blade housing. Circle Reader Service Card #167


The three basic harvesting heads in the Lako X50 series offer two or four-wheel drive configurations for higher efficiency. All three also come in heavy-duty versions, constructed with stronger frames and moving parts, for hydraulic excavator and tree length processing.

The Lako 650 has a cutting capacity of 30", with optimum tree diameters from 4" to 20". It can be equipped with an optional, large cutting capacity top saw, with cross cutting capacity of up to 20". The 550's cutting capacity is 25", with optimum tree diameters from 4" to16", while the 450's is 21", with the optimum between 4" and 12".

The 650 is most suitable for final felling and tree length operations, while the 550 is designed for both thinning and final felling of small and medium timber.

The 450, with its fast feed speed, is designed for thinning smaller trees. The computer measuring and control system used in all the heads is the Motomit 4, designed to fit into any harvester cabin. With fewer connectors in a four wire system, it is easier to install than the previous version and offers versatile programs including measuring, scaling, colour coding and a printer. Circle Reader Service Card #169


Three felling head models from GilbertTech feature a top rack and grab arm design that ensure the best alignment and grasping of the stems, maximizing accumulation capacity. The 1255 and 1252 heads have a cutting capacity of 22.5" and 21" respectively, while the smaller 1249 has a cutting capacity of 19.5".

The attachment modules are equipped with a bumper system for smooth stopping of the accumulating and grab arms, while the large bottom accumulation area and V Shaped opening make it easier to cut several trees in one operation. A 220degree lateral tilting system integrated into the adapter improves felling head maneuverability and diminishes stress on the head framework.

The tree support plate is bolted rather than welded, eliminating possible cracking. A component added to the saw drive housing eliminates periodic bearing preload adjustment, while the front chip discharge system offers safer operation. Circle Reader Service Card #168


The FT240 dangletype processing head from Fabtek has a 24" cutting capacity, delimb arms of high tensile steel with 400 brinell hardness and 21" steel spike rolls. The FT180 has an 18" cutting capacity and 18" steel spike rolls. Advanced digital ramped roller speed control gives smoother, more accurate measurement, reduced system stress and longer hose life.

The hydraulics interface with either a closed or open centre system, with the latter using a computer controlled variable flow pump divert. Other features include an independent measurement encoder sensor, seven easily set or changed presets, a printer data port to record production data, a one-knob menu scroll with push button settings and optional diameter measurement.

Fabtek's Series 2000 includes the 18" four roll controlled fell processor, with interchangeable rubber/chain drive rollers, and the13" two roll CTL processor, with rubber rolls with chains. The machines feature a standard auto chain tensioning system and simplified piston oiler, for longer bar and chain life and faster cuts. Circle Reader Service Card #166


The new Tigercat 650 harvesting head is built for productivity and durability in tough conditions, with heavy-duty construction in the tripod and link and expander bolts placed throughout the head. Independent testing has shown it to be in the lead for accurate length and diameter measurement, the company says. The fast cutting system handles final and cross cutting applications up to 26" and feeds at up to 15 ft/sec. Logical and accessible hose placement makes for improved serviceability, while a choice of hydraulic wheel motors allows a good balance between power and feeding speed in different applications.

The new 5700 felling saw, available for drive-to-tree and track feller bunchers, is a single post saw head. With an asymmetrical butt plate and horn design, the 5700 is able to centre and control large diameter trees and bunch smaller stems in parallel alignment. Built for extreme duty, it has a 23" single cut capacity and a 44" throat. The arm pivot pins are 2.5" in diameter with threaded ends. Circle Reader Service Card #170

Hahn Machinery

Designed for smaller timber, the HSG140 and HSG160 single grip harvesters from Hahn Machinery are versatile, cost-effective attachments for thinning and harvesting. The heads are small, compact and rugged and feature a simple yet accurate measurement system and easy to use push button controls.

The HSG series heads can be installed easily on most carriers and, because the hydraulic valves are mounted on the head, only a minimum amount of hydraulic plumbing is required, the company says. With a rigid design, the heads maintain control of the tree throughout the harvesting process. Damage to surrounding trees is minimized and the heads are adept at working out of pre-skidded decks, in the wood yard or in the woods. Circle Reader Service Card #171


Hytec Manufacturing, the first manufacturers of cut-to-length harvester heads in North America, offers full stroke, roller and roller/stroke configurations on all its heads.

With 15 different models of harvesters available with a variety of options, the Hytec heads can cut and delimb trees from 3" to 33". With five different size high-torque, two-speed motors to fit harvester requirements, the heads are compatible with all track type and purpose built carriers. Features include easy maintenance access, auto bar retract, auto chain tension, high speed cut for 11BC/11H3/4" pitch chain and stroke delimb force in excess of 35,000 lbs. Circle Reader Service Card #172


When mounted on a shovel logger, Hultdins' new SuperFell 851 high-capacity directional felling head can fell, shovel and pile or load, eliminating the need for a feller buncher, the company says. With a 33.5" cutting capacity, the 3,410lb SuperFell 851 can be quickly installed on standard log loaders, excavators and feller bunchers. Its unique upper boom link system simplifies the mounting and is designed for maximum hose protection. It offers continuous rotation, with a rotator rated at 101,165 lbf and able to withstand loads in any direction.

Other features include a Supercut 300 saw unit with 3/4" pitch 11H saw chain, automatic chain tensioning, high gripping force grapple arms, a hydraulic snubber to control side-to-side motion, a simplified single brake system and cushioned cylinders. Circle Reader Service Card #173


The Rotobec RSG250 single grip harvester head features unique continuous rotation and has a felling capacity of 25". With well protected, yet easily accessible hoses, wires and valves, the RSG250 requires only four electrical wires and three hydraulic lines from the carrier to the harvesting head. Valves have been located for easy adjustments and maintenance. Other features include a choice of computer systems, two hydrostatically driven metallic rollers, 6,300lb feed force and one fixed, one floating and four mobile delimbing knives. Circle Reader Service Card #175


LogMax offers three models of harvesting heads, the 1,155lb 3000, the 1,881lb 5000 and the 3,135lb 750, with maximum cutting diameters ranging from 20" to 28". The upper knife sensor controls positioning, minimizing friction and maximizing pulling force.

Variable displacement allows feed wheel motors to automatically increase delimbing and pulling power as needed, while the four movable cast steel delimbing knives have extra wide cutting surfaces. A cushioned bottom plate assembly absorbs shock from ground impact and reduces stress contraction in the frame.

The valves for all hydraulic functions, except the rotator, are built into the harvester head. Other features include easy access to electrical and hydraulic components through a latched hood, precision machined and nitrogen hardened long-life pins and optional top saw. LogMax harvester/processors are ISO 9001 compliant. Circle Reader Service Card #174


The versatile 4,909lb DHT550 harvester/processor from Denharco, specially designed for processing hardwood species at roadside, has a cutting capacity of 22". Photocells, integrated in the processor structure, combined with the Optilog II measuring system make the most of each stem. Designed for easy maintenance, it features a 16" topping saw for added flexibility, a hydraulically driven chain saw with saw stroke limiter and saw retraction safety.

The SH series includes the 3,300lb SH600 with a triangular feed-roller mounting that ensures greater feed force and higher precision measuring. With a maximum cutting diameter of 25", the head has four moving and two fixed knives with an optimized design difference between the top and bottom knives.

Designed for use with lighter carriers, the 1,900lb SH500 has a feed force of 4,615 lbf and a maximum cutting diameter of 22". The 1,600lb SH400 has a maximum cutting diameter of 18" and a feed force of 3,600 lbf. Hydraulically powered rubber or spiked feed rollers increase productivity, while independent pressure levels on the knives ensure a stable grip during felling and gentle pressure during delimbing.

The SH models are equipped with topping saws and the programmable microprocessor-based Dasa measurement and control system for optimizing stem usage. Circle Reader Service Card #176


Caterpillar offers four models of cut-to-length harvesting heads that complement Cat's wheeled and tracktype carriers. Ranging in weight from 1,565 lbs to 3,219 lbs, the heads are designed for tasks from first thinning to final felling. The HH45, HH55, HH65 and HH75 models use a patented feeding mechanism that keeps the feed rollers centred on the stem as the diameter changes. At the same time, the feed roller pressure varies to ensure maximum grip without damaging the stem. Maximum cutting diameters range from 18" to 26", while maximum delimbing diameters range from 17" to 23".

Fixed delimbing knives are attached to the tilt frame, while movable knives, made from heat-treated steel, are hydraulically controlled for adjusting to the tree's natural contour. Diameter measurements are received and encoded by the computer-aided bucking system via single or dual delimbing knife sensors.

Other features include cross calipering, an independent hydraulic arm on the measuring wheel, precise electro-hydraulic controls, simultaneous head and carrier operation, solid rubber chainwrapped feed rollers and automatic chain saw tensioning. Circle Reader Service Card #177

Pierce Pacific

The Pierce 630 directional falling head from Pierce Pacific Manufacturing offers 360degree continuous rotation, a large 3/4" 11BC 43" bar, a heavy duty rotate motor with built in reliefs, and automatic hydraulic retraction. With a maximum opening of 33", the Pierce 630 has fully enclosed hoses, high pressure centre swivel, a large, heavy-duty bearing, all high-tensile fabrication, heavy-duty cylinders and positive pin retention. All pins are induction hardened and chromed, while the large saw oil reservoir is easy to access. Circle Reader Service Card #178


New from Votec Innovation is the fast and light Hornet HH6520 harvesting head that replaces the previous line's WoodKing 650. The Hornet HH6520 weighs 2,849 lbs and has a maximum cutting diameter of 26". With twin ball bearing idler rollers for less friction and shock and a lengthened Cframe suspension with 36degree tilt, the head has four cast tensile steel delimbing knives and a large, knife arm expander bolt pin diameter.

Rugged angle position feed roller arms and heavyduty steel spiked or chained rubber wheels are among its other features, as are Poclain high torque/low speed wheel motors, quick access and low maintenance hydraulic components, a Sandvik compact saw unit and durable, accurate dual diameter measuring encoders.

Votec will soon be offering the Hornet HH5515. Replacing the WoodKing 550, it weighs 1,760 lbs and has a maximum cutting diameter of 21". Both machines offer the same features, including the Dasa 280C measuring system. Circle Reader Service Card #179


All three Ponsse harvester heads feature reliability, efficiency and easy servicing and are known for their accurate measurements of processed tree trunks, using the Ponsse 1000 measuring system. The heads are all suited to both final felling and thinning, being light and narrow for their performance abilities, and do not cause damage to remaining trees, the company says.

The H53 is a multipurpose head for smaller trees, while the H60 is a midsize head. The H73 is made for heavy, large-dimensioned trees. Weighing 2,320 lbs, the H73 has a maximum cutting diameter of 28" and a feed force of 26 kN. With one stationary and four hydraulically movable knives, the head has a feed speed of zero to 13' per second. The three-point grip provides accurate diameter measurement. Steel claw and steel plate rollers are available. Circle Reader Service Card #180


The MachTech 3655 felling head from Machinatech has a cut capacity of 22.5" and an accumulation capacity of five cubic feet. The 6,775lb machine has a 39" opening, 24 reversible staggered teeth, two grab and two accumulator arms, each set driven by a single three-inch cylinder, and a synchronization bar for each set of arms.

The MachTech is backed by some of the best guarantees in the industry, the company says, including a warranty for two years or 5,000 hours against major failure of the frame or the planetary, caused by non-axial loads, and 12 months or 2,000 hours against failures caused by manufacturing defects. Circle Reader Service Card #181

Loewen Forestry Equipment

The high-speed saw head from Loewen Forestry Equipment offers a 350degree high rotation wrist assembly for increased productivity and a 23" cutting capacity. With a unique two-arm collecting capacity, the saw head is ideal for cutting and bunching smaller trees. Other features are reduced carrier movement and fewer moving parts. Continuous rotation is available. All Loewen Forestry products are built with common, easily accessible parts and can adapt to most psi and gpm requirements, the company says. Circle Reader Service Card #182


Partek Forest Inc offers three dangle-type harvesting heads from Valmet-the 945, the 960 and the 965-that feature large diameter feed rollers with high net feeding force at high speed. Angled rollers hold the trunk firmly against the support rollers, allowing accurate length measuring and low knife pressure. The shapes of all five delimbing knives are complementary to each other for good results in all diameters.

With 25" and 29 1/2" cutting capacities, the Valmet heads offer spring-loaded top knives, three same-size cylinders, exact measuring with easy calibration, efficient saw function and a patented cam curve design of feed rollers for gripping stems. The sawbox is designed for low stump height. Regular feed roller Tireco chains and more aggressive rubber-cushioned spikes are available as necessary. All three models offer the Valmet maxi control system. Circle Reader Service Card #183


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