BTB 43: 855D FIRST IMPRESSIONS

BTB visited Oral Kirk, operator for Cahoon Logging Company Inc., in Aurora, North Carolina to get his first impressions of the Tigercat 855D feller buncher. 855D FIRST IMPRESSIONS

– Samantha Paul, Tigercat marketing

Tigercat recently introduced the 282 hp (210 kW) Tigercat FPT powered 855D feller buncher to the US market. The 855D track feller buncher delivers the same high production performance as the 860C with the proven engine platform of the 845D model. The 855D is best suited for customers needing a full tail-swing, all-around machine well suited to a wide range of fi nal fell applications including high cycle plantations, mixed natural stands and lowland hardwood.

Ronnie Cahoon, co-manager of Cahoon Logging Inc., and 855D operator, Oral Kirk.

Ronnie Cahoon, co-manager of Cahoon Logging Inc., and 855D operator, Oral Kirk.

Oral Kirk is an experienced operator with over 26 years under his belt. After operating Cahoon’s new 855D for approximately one month he commented, “This machine has great power, there’s nothing I can’t do with it.” Oral previously operated a Tigercat 860C feller buncher and is finding similar power performance with his 855D. Oral is burning through one tank of diesel every two days, getting approximately 7 US gph (26,5 L/h), which is less fuel than his previous Cummins Tier 3 equipped 860C model used.

The Tigercat 855D track feller buncher operating in a heavily thinned tract in Aurora, North Carolina.

The Tigercat 855D track feller buncher operating in a heavily thinned tract in Aurora, North Carolina.

Working in 20-25 inch (51-63 cm) diameter hardwood, Oral loves the capabilities of the Tigercat 5702 felling saw. “That 5702 head is probably about the best head there is. There is no other head that I have ever seen that can compare to it,” explains Oral. “You need a machine that gets the job done.” A reliable track buncher, with excellent power and performance and proven fuel economy makes for a smart decision. “It is the ultimate machine and there is no better than Tigercat.”

See the 855D track machine in action on Tigercat TV: