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Ponsse’s trunk call


Finland’s Ponsse has a penchant for naming its forestry machines after animals... sometimes with no obvious connection to their role.


But that’s not the case with the Ponsse Elephant King.


The analogy between the animal kingdom’s big beast of burden and the top-of-the range Ponsse forwarder is clear. It’s very much Ponsse’s trunk call.


The Elephant King is designed to shift as many cut-to-length logs as its voluminous bunk will allow – up to an official maximum of 20 tonnes – and then slog back to base across any terrain you can throw at it.


And that’s one of the reasons Southland contractor, Darryl Diack, ending up buying the very first Ponsse Elephant King in New Zealand.


Forestry can be tough anywhere in the land of the long white cloud, but in the depths of a southern winter it’s downright daunting. I still have vivid memories of sinking almost to my knees in cloying mud during one mid-year visit a while back.


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