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BTB 31: Successful AUSTimber 2012

AUSTimber was a great show for Tigercat and co-hosts Forest Centre (Tigercat dealer for NSW, Queensland and WA) and Onetrak (Tigercat dealer for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania).
An LH855C felled and processed 1,5-5 m3 trees on the pine clear fell site.

An LH855C felled and processed 1,5-5 m3 trees on the pine clear fell site.

Along with Tigercat management, engineering, sales, marketing and field personnel, and Forest Centre and Onetrak team members, representatives from many Tigercat dealers across the southern hemisphere were also in attendance, including AB Equipment in New Zealand, AfrEquip in South Africa and Tracbel in Brazil.

An H845C harvester demonstrated full-stem debarking.

An H845C harvester demonstrated full-stem debarking.

Tigercat demonstrated at two sites. The pine clear fell site consisted of tall, heavy, mature pine in the range of 1,5-5 m3. (Average piece size was estimated at 2,7 m3.) The site was harvested with a new 1075B forwarder and an LH855C harvester belonging to Galzon and operated by Shane Shiel. The pine operations were very well received with favourable comments from attendees on both the layout of the in-forest demonstrations and the machines themselves, which easily handled the heavy timber.

Tigercat 1075B forwarder on the pine clear fell site toting a very heavy load.

Tigercat 1075B forwarder on the pine clear fell site toting a very heavy load.

The second site was a tree-length blue gum operation with in-field flail/chipping courtesy of CBI. Tigercat demonstrated the 855C carrier fitted with 2000 series shear. The shear was redesigned in 2008 specifi cally for Australian blue gum applications. A 635D skidder pulled to the flail. Both the 855C and the 635D units are owned by local company G & R Logging. A 630D also worked the blue gum site. It is owned by Casegrande, part of the Kevin Morgan group of companies.

“The blue gum site was well laid out for in-field chipping operations and safely provided a great insight into the actual technique required,” comments Glen Marley, factory sales representative for Australasia and Southeast Asia. “The 855C feller buncher fitted with the well regarded DT2002 high speed shear was one of the stars of this exhibit.”

Tigercat had 630D and 635D skidders working the blue gum site.

Tigercat had 630D and 635D skidders working the blue gum site.

Also on site was an H845C harvester (owned and operated by Todd Gelletly from Barham) demonstrating full-stem debarking in the small piece size blue gum. The new Tigercat 215 loader was mounted on the CBI flail unit.

The show was well timed and organized with excellent attendance. Gary Olsen, factory representative for international sales comments that, “the AUSTimber show has now become a well-recognized and professionally run dynamic show since the first one I attended in Albury in 2000. Tigercat is yet again proud to be a part of the show and looks forward to participating in the 2016 show which showcases so well the harvesting systems and solutions for southern hemisphere pine and gum plantations.”

 

The new 215 loader mounted on CBI’s 604 flail debarker.

The new 215 loader mounted on CBI’s 604 flail debarker.

“Interest in our products seemed to be very strong and with the blue gum expansion set to kick off with increased export volumes predicted out of this Mount Gambier – Portland region, it all augers well for a bright future,” adds Glen.

AUSTimber drew strong crowds throughout the 2-day event; a group of diverse loggers and engineers admiring forestry machines in a cleared area in the forest.

AUSTimber drew strong crowds throughout the 2-day event.

Before and after the show, many of the Tigercat personnel took the opportunity to visit customer operations in the Albany, Manjimup and Bunbury regions of Western Australia, the green triangle region of South Australia, the Tumut, Tumbarumba, and Bombala regions of NSW and the Maryborough and Imbil regions in southeast Queensland.

Special thanks to all the Tigercat customers that helped out with machines and operators.