Shaws Iron Test

These days roadlining operations can rival the output of the production harvesting crews they are prepping for, so long as they take the right approach.


For Gisborne-based Ricky and Leanne Kuru, the decision to take their roadlining business to the next level meant a slight change of approach from their tried and tested motor-manual methods, with the introduction of a tree-falling machine.


Without any prior experience of mechanised harvesting the Kurus relied on the guidance of trusted suppliers to steer them in the right direction.


In this particular case, Komatsu Forest’s John Kosar nudged them towards the new tilting TimberPro TL765C, the largest purpose-built harvesting base in the company’s stable.


The big harvester has been a long time coming for Komatsu Forest, following the demise of the Valmet 475FXL. Whilst the key harvester/feller buncher models have all been upgraded recently under the Komatsu brand, there was no sign of a 40-tonner making it into the new X3 range. That’s understandable. There is a limited market for a machine of this size outside of North America and Australasia, so it was left to affiliated forestry equipment manufacturer, TimberPro, to fill the niche for Komatsu Forest.


Some six years down the track, that’s finally happened. NZ Logger first clapped eyes on the new TL765C at the AusTimber 2016 show, where it made its down-under debut, albeit with red livery, rather than Komatsu yellow and we’ve been waiting expectantly for it’s machines to arrive on our shores.


Ricky and Leanne Kuru took delivery of one of the first two TL765C machines to arrive in New Zealand last year and matched it with an appropriately sized implement – a Woodsman Pro FH1350 felling head. Having settled into its work over the past six months, it’s time to saddle up and head to Gisborne to sample the new TimberPro...


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