FOREST TALK

Bigger machines debut at Elmia Wood 2017

It only comes around once every four years and often showcases upcoming trends, so anticipation for the Elmia Wood forestry show in Sweden is always high, and the 2017 edition held last month didn’t disappoint.

 

Attracting more than 50,000 visitors who come to see the latest international innovations displayed by 550 exhibitors from some 30 countries, Elmia Wood is Europe’s premier forestry event, with this year’s promising to be bigger and brighter than ever.

 

New Zealand contractors have tended to think of European forestry equipment as being mostly too small and too light for our requirements, and there is a fair amount of truth in that belief, but there has been a trend towards bigger machines in recent years.

 

Amongst the usual lightweight equipment on display last month, some genuinely interesting machines from a New Zealand perspective were on show in the forestry site south of Jönköping, in central Sweden.

 

Among them were a German-made log skidder, which put paid to the notion that Europeans are only interested in carrying cut-to-length wood. A company called HSM builds a range of forwarders that can also convert into very useful clam-bunk skidders, which sell well in Germany. On show at Elmia Wood was the latest 8-wheeler HSM 208F model, which is rated at around 19 tonnes and offers a 184kW (250hp) 6-cylinder Iveco diesel engine. Similar in concept to the TimberPro 840 forwarder/clambunk, it can be used for dragging tree-length stems or to forward cut logs. Interestingly, it can be equipped with a front-mounted winch to provide extra traction on steep slopes...

 

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