In 2017, Tigercat developed and released its most compact skidder platform, the 602 series. The prototype 602 skidder was sent to France last summer to be fitted with a Belgian designed and manufactured swing boom for use in mountain regions of Europe.
Now the 602 is available as a cable skidder suited to pockets of North America and other traditional winch skidder markets. The 602 cable skidder is ideal for high-value selective hardwood logging and for retrieving timber from steep slopes and gullies.
The 602 is equipped with the Tigercat FPT Tier N45 engine, which provides full emissions compliance for Tier 2 and Tier 4, along with excellent fuel economy. Both engines deliver 168 hp at 2,200 rpm.
The machine has a ﬁxed front axle with an oscillating center section to achieve a very narrow overall width of 106 inches. The agility is ideal in selective felling applications. The machine can access high value timber in steep terrain, while minimizing damage to the residual stand. www.tigercat.com
Morbark LLC recently debuted the 6400XT Wood Hog Horizontal.
The Model 6400XT is the newest model in Morbark’s next-generation platform of horizontal grinders. It meets stringent logistic restrictions but remains economically viable.
The 6400XT includes many feature improvements present in the smaller 3400XT, introduced last year. The infeed bed is 24 inches longer than previous Morbark grinders in the 1,000-plus horsepower range and has sloped sides, improving operator sight lines for more efficient loading of material. Standard on the 6400XT is a removable infeed chain return floor, which allows excess material to fall away to minimize the wear on the floor, bed chain, and inserts, particularly useful in land-clearing or other applications with dirty material.
The 6400XT weighs in at less than 96,500 lb and measures 11’5½” wide with the standard Caterpillar 325L undercarriage with 600mm double grousers, allowing the unit to be transported to nearly all domestic and international markets. www.morbark.com
Caterpillar announced the launch of two new Cat Forest Machine models, the 548 and the 548 LL. The 548 and 548 LL and other 500 series Forest Machine models meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards and feature outstanding fuel efficiency and optimized work tools while increasing horsepower, swing torque, lift capacity, and tractive effort.
Cat Forest Machines are versatile, purpose-built track machines that can be customized to perform a complete range of tasks for forestry operations and contractors. Over the last 20 years they have become the industry standard in many logging applications.
The Cat 548 forestry excavator is configured for forestry tasks ranging from road building and site preparation to processing logs roadside or at a landing. The Cat 548 LL is configured as a log loader and can perform log handling tasks, such as shovel logging, loading, power clam/butt-n-top applications, and millyard activities.
Cat components, purpose-built upper and lower frames, and application-specific linkage configurations increase machine uptime and reduce machine operating costs. www.caterpillar.com
The new PONSSE K121 loader extends Ponsse’s loader series to a completely new size range. The new loader combines high slewing torque and lifting power, increased reach, and a new type of loader geometry that is easy to control. These innovations come together to create the most powerful loader on the market, says the company. It enables shorter loading and unloading times, facilitates working in conditions where load handling takes up a large proportion of the working time, and makes it easier to work on sites where large trees must be handled and on slopes that demand powerful loaders.
Harvesting on slopes is becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and Ponsse’s forest machines have opened up a new range of possibilities. The new K121 loader further improves the work performance on slopes by providing the high loader power that is essential for steep conditions.
The K121 has a lift torque of 195 kNm, slewing torque of 48 kNm, a reach of 26 to 33 feet, and a tilting base ranging from -12 degrees to +24 degrees. www.ponsse.com
Mac’s Chainsaw Scabbard provides a versatile and secure method of transporting any size of chainsaw. The aluminum and powder-coated scabbard can be easily mounted to any vehicle, ranging from a service truck bed to a bicycle.
Mac’s Chainsaw Scabbard provides a secure, quick-release mounting point for your chainsaw, allowing it to be transported safely. Prevent your expensive chainsaw from being unsecured and tumbling around the bed of a pickup, or loosely tied to an ATV rack. Simply slide the chainsaw bar into the scabbard and then tighten the bar clamp to lock your chainsaw in place. The open-end design accommodates any bar length in a tamper- and theft-resistant manner.
The scabbard’s integrated mounting flange runs the full length of the scabbard body, giving flexibility in mounting.
John Deere is excited to announce the integration of Waratah’s TimberRite H-16 Control System on John Deere tracked harvesters and tracked swing machines equipped with Waratah 600-Series Harvesting Heads. Previously only available for the 200- and 400-Series Waratah heads, this productive and efficient system has been expanded for use with the 600-Series heads, providing loggers with a solution that enhances connectivity for data and information sharing.
“By adding the H-16 Control System to our machines, we are offering our customers the technology needed to be more productive in the woods, regardless of their application,” said Matt Flood, John Deere ForestSight product manager. “By combining the precise measuring and cutting control of the H-16 system with the power of the John Deere tracked harvesters and swing machines, loggers have a superior solution that can tackle any job.”
With the addition of the H-16 Control System, operators have more control of harvesting and processing heads, increasing precision when measuring and cutting timber. One of the most notable features of the system is the ability to configure settings to exact application needs, improving head performance, productivity, and measuring accuracy. www.johndeere.com
The PT300DW Filling Scale provides a portable, cost-effective way to measure the total weight of any semi-trailer or other types of trailers while filling. The scale system gives the user the ability to maximize load weight and assist in tracking inventories of various items.
Intercomp designed this scale primarily to work in conjunction with the AX900 Axle Scale System. However, the PT300DW Filling Scale can be used in conjunction with the entire line of scale pads and in a wireless or cabled configuration.
RFX Wireless Weighing technology is a standard feature of these pads, which allows them to integrate with any existing Intercomp RFX-enabled scale pad system. Each heavy-duty pad is rated to a maximum weight of 30,000 lbs and features an aluminum handle, with wheels mounted to the opposite side of the scale to aid in proper placement and transit. www.intercompcompany.com
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