25th November 2019
Tigercat demonstrates improved felling technique during Russian Demo.
On July 25th Tigercat along with Russian Tigercat dealer EkoNiva hosted a Demo Day in a small village called Novyi, near Pervomaiskoe in the Tomsk region. The two-machine system that was demonstrated was comprised of a Tigercat 855E feller buncher equipped with a 5702 felling saw head and a 620E skidder. EkoNiva worked with the local sawmill, TomLesDrev, to arrange a worksite fifteen minutes from the sawmill.
In addition to the Tigercat support crew that included product support representatives Gary MacDonald and Artem Shilov, EkoNiva had nine dealer representatives and hosted five local sawmill representatives and twenty harvesting contractors.
The annual allowable cut in the Tomsk region is 40 million cubic metres. At present the local mills are only scratching the surface, totalling about five million cubic metres annually, of which TomLesDrev has a 1,7 million metre share. However, TomLesDrev intends to increase its annual cut substantially and fully believes that full tree logging systems are the most economical solution. As a part of the expansion, the company plans to build additional milling capacity, an on-site hotel and a large, modern workshop for machinery repairs.
Artem, Gary and four EkoNiva mechanics prepared for the demo and trained the two operators on both machines. The training process emphasized a bunching technique that fully utilizes Tigercat’s high torque wrist. The process reduces swinging and track travel by laying the bunches alongside the machine and parallel to the tracks, rather than swinging fully behind and walking the machine back and forth. This increases efficiency and reduces fuel consumption.
The contractors, mill representatives and operators were impressed with the quality and capability of the two-machine system.
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