BTB 44: LAST 822C LEAVES THE FACTORY
Published on: Monday 21st November 2016
On a brisk morning in early October, staff at Tigercat’s Paris, Ontario track machine manufacturing facility marked an important milestone – the shipment of the last C-series 822 carrier. The D-series machines were introduced in mid-2015 with the Tigercat FPT Tier 4f engine. However, the C-series models were kept in production for non-Tier 4 export markets. Now with the introduction of the Tigercat FPT Tier 2 engine option, all production has been switched to the new and improved D-series.
The highly successful 822 platform began with the original L830, introduced at DEMO 2000 in Kelowna, British Columbia. It quickly proved itself a nimble workhorse for thinning and final felling operations in tough conditions around the world. The L830 carrier spawned the 822 feller buncher as well as the H822 harvester, LH830 harvester and the LX830 buncher. Total production of the 822/830 platform approached 900 units. The machines were sold worldwide and the 822 became particularly well entrenched in the northeastern and southeastern US.
The 822D series represents a major departure from original 822 and subsequent 822C series platforms. “Tigercat has invested considerable time and effort into the new generation 822 and 830 as well as adding a third model, the 820,” explains Grant Somerville, vice president, engineering who leads the track machine, loader and attachment product groups. “While the wish list for this redesign was extremely challenging, our team has produced a machine that I believe will impress.”
In addition to the Tigercat FPT power plant, there are numerous improvements and upgrades. The whole structure of the machine from the swing bearing up has been redesigned to improve service access and operator visibility. Most notably, the D-series sports a fully retracting roof enclosure and improved component layout. The new cab interior is quieter with optimal ergonomic placement of controls, a 180 mm (7 in) touch screen electronic control display and a sky camera system providing the operator with a much wider field of view compared to the traditional skylight.
The Tigercat 822D track feller buncher stole the show at the Mid-Atlantic Logging and Biomass Expo, held September 18-19 in Smithfield, North Carolina.
Twenty-year-old Matt Cox operates one of the first Tier 4f Tigercat 822D track feller bunchers currently running in the US. Matt works for Mac McClure and Jim Hancock, owners of H & M Quality Logging near Elizabethtown, North Carolina.
The 822C series has been a highly successful and productive machine in production for over a decade and remains available in non-Tier 4 markets. The new D-series takes the carrier to the next level with a number of improvements.