BTB 33: 604C and 610C Get Turnaround
Published on: Friday 1st March 2013
The Tigercat 604C cable skidder and 610C grapple skidder are now standard equipped with Turnaround. The 2-position, 100 degree rotating Turnaround seat is unique to Tigercat skidders.
Tigercat’s Turnaround seat swivels effortlessly, locking in either the forward or rear-facing position. Once facing rear, the operator has full control of all machine functions including drive controls. The steering wheel has been replaced with an armrest mounted joystick for improved ergonomics in either seating position.
The operator has one drive pedal at the front of the cab and one pedal at the rear of the cab. A direction selection switch on the joystick determines if the machine will travel blade-first or grapple-first. The computer system automatically adjusts the controls based on which direction the seat is facing; when the operator is facing rear, and selects ‘forward’ direction, he will travel grapple first. The joystick steering operates the same way.
In analyzing skidder duty cycles and cab ergonomics, Tigercat expects a significant reduction in operator fatigue, neck and upper back strain, especially in applications where the operator is required to drive for extended distances into the cut block in reverse, when picking up multiple bunches to build a sufficiently large drag or when performing decking duties at the landing. With better neck and spine alignment, the operator is less vulnerable to the jarring effect that is typical of skidder operating conditions.
Other advantages of Turnaround include fuel savings and the ability to work on smaller decking areas due to reduced machine travel (no need for looped or three-point turns) and improved visibility when travelling in reverse.