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With Turnaround, the operator drives blade-forward or grapple-forward with full control of all functions. The full speed range and maximum tractive effort is available in both directions.

Tigercat’s two-position rotating seat

All Tigercat skidders are equipped with a revolutionary cab design. Turnaround, the two-position rotating seat, is standard equipment throughout the entire skidder product line.

Two closeup images of a Tigercat Skidder cab. In one image the operator is facing the rear of the machine in his seat, in the other image he is facing the front of the machine in his turnaround seat.

Tigercat’s Turnaround seat swivels effortlessly, locking in either the forward or rear-facing position.

With Turnaround, forward and reverse have become meaningless terminologies. 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. Instead of a wheel, the steer function is controlled with an armrest-mounted joystick that places the operator in a more secure, less extended, ergonomically-correct seating position.


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Tigercat 630E skidder with an operator using full rear facing drive control.

Thanks to Tigercat’s advanced hydrostatic drive technology, the operator can drive comfortably with the full speed range available either blade-forward or grapple-forward. The operator has control of all machine functions in either seating position.


2 images, the top one the operator is facing the blade side of the machine, the bottom the operator faces the grapple.

Benefits of Turnaround

  • Reduced neck strain

  • Perform decking duties with ease

Bumping over tough terrain, with your neck turned to the rear invites injury. With Turnaround, the spine is aligned correctly and impacts on the body are easier to absorb. Operators who use Turnaround routinely tell us that they feel better at the end of the day.

  • Negotiate tough terrain more easily

  • Quicker turns and reduced fuel consumption

Rather than perform a wide U-turn or 3-point turn, the operator simply shuttles back and forth from the deck to the cut block without ever turning the machine around.

  • Pick up multiple bunches more quickly

  • Never reverse

An asset in wet terrain shovel logging applications where the machine is confined to a mat or thinning applications where the skidder must travel down a narrow corridor. Both of these skidding duties require long trips in reverse.

Used to its full potential, Turnaround expands the capabilities of the skidder. Imagine what Turnaround can do for you.


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