Equipment Spotlight – Steep Slope Systems
Canadian Forest Industries has compiled the newest equipment for working in on tough grades.
John Deere equipment is designed to tackle steep slopes, with the M-Series tracked machines boasting a best-in-class levelling system that provides a 26-degree forward tilt angle without mechanical interference. Additionally, these tracked machines can be used with third-party tethering systems, increasing machine traction and stability. The G-Series wheeled machines, including the 1170G eight-wheeled harvester, offer loggers the stability and low surface pressure. For winch-assist solutions, the HAAS Maschinebau winch-assist system is available exclusively for John Deere wheeled harvesters and forwarders, allowing customers to work above or below the extraction roads, providing access to previously unreachable areas.
Caterpillar offers steep slope harvesting enhancements for the Cat 552 Series 2 track feller buncher and track harvester. They enable more efficient, productive, and reliable machine performance and also promote operator safety and comfort on steep terrain. Extended track roller frames, with 11 bottom rollers, increase overall machine stability and lift capacity and also reduce ground pressure. An optimized cable assist mount is available for winch assist applications and upgrades available for engine and hydraulic systems enhance the durability and reliability of 552 Series 2 components in steep terrain.
Several more brands of equipment reviewed in article on Wood Business