NZ-made Harvestlines take off in Chile

Rotorua-made Harvestline yarders have suddenly become popular on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, in Chile.


Latin Equipment, the dealer for EMS, has won contracts to supply four Harvestlines to contractors operating in Chilean forests, where they will go to work in Radiata plantations on hilly terrain.


The machines have been purchased by four individual contractors and follow the success of the company’s TractionLine winch-assist systems in Chile over the past couple of years.


“TractionLine has gone very well for us in Chile – we’ve sold ten now – and our dealer over there told us there was a good opportunity to sell Harvestlines, too,” says Dean O’Connor.


“The rolling terrain in Chile where a lot of plantation forest have been established is similar to what we have in New Zealand and the Harvestline is suited to use in blocks with limited access, where smaller and lighter equipment is favoured.


“They need machines that are easier to move and have the ability to set up quick line shifts.”

Chilean forestry contractors have tended to purchase lightweight yarders from Europe in the past, but the excavator-based Harvestline came into the picture due to the increasing use of winch-assist machines that are also built onto tracked excavators.


When EMS shipped some of its HawkEye motorised grapple carriages to Chile last year, the opportunity for these to be used in conjunction with a Harvestline further raised the interest levels...



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