FOREST TALK

First TimberPro TL 765C starts work in New Zealand

Shane and Chantelle Ward, of 4Ward Harvesting, have

taken delivery of the first new TimberPro TL 765C harvester to go to work in New Zealand.

Their new machine is working in conjunction with another new TimberPro purchase, a TimberPro TF 840C forwarder, in a cut-to-length operation in Kaingaroa Forest, which is featured in this month’s New Iron section.

 

The new TimberPro TL 765C fills a gap in the Komatsu Forest range for a big purpose-built levelling cab harvester and made its southern hemisphere debut at last year’s AUSTimber show in Australia.

 

The 38.5-tonne machine is built on a heavy-duty Caterpillar 330 long track frame and offers a robust levelling system with 22-degree front, 20-degree side and 8-degree rear tilting that can be set to automatic.

 

Power comes from a Cummins QSC 8.3-litre engine delivering a peak output of 243kW (330hp). There’s a Parker Energy Recovering Smart Valve and a dedicated dual hydrostatic slew system. Auto-reversing fan is standard and a gearbox cooler is optional. The machine comes with 9.3-metre forestry boom and arm, with under-slung pistons.

 

Inside the fully ROPS/FOPS/OPS cab the operator has the latest technology to call upon, with all the information brought up on a 10” touch screen.

 

The new TL 765C complements the X3 harvester range that was recently released by Komatsu Forest in New Zealand.

 

Reagan Mills, who operates the TL 765C for 4Ward Harvesting is very impressed with the stability of the TimberPro and says it’s a pleasure to work with and has plenty of power to run the Waratah HTH 625C processing head...

 

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