Steep slope logging innovations were again showcased at Australasia’s largest wood harvesting event, the biannual, HarvestTECH 2017 which ran over two days in June. Hosted in Rotorua, New Zealand, the sold out event attracted over 450 logging contractors, forestry managers, planners and equipment suppliers from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Canada searching for the best in new harvesting and logistic technology.
Owner of DC Equipment Dale Ewers released two new products – the FFE Skylight, a new lighting system specially designed for Swing Yarder operation, which provides an even spread of light around the grapple, allowing crews to pull wood in the low light and poor visibility situations. And the purpose built Falcon Felling Carriage, a new prototype felling carriage system which allows for mechanical harvesting on unsafe slopes. The response to Dale’s presentation by the attendees has been really positive.
“Over half of New Zealand’s plantation forests are on steep terrain” says Dale, “Similar problems with steep slope harvesting are faced in countries like Canada and Chile. There has been interest from these regions in how our technology can improve their productivity and safety”.
“These new technologies, have made forest workers a lot safer by taking the risk out of harvesting on the steep slopes. DC Equipment’s design team and our trial process ensures we are responding quickly to industry needs and getting world class technology onto the forest floor and enabling contractors to remove workers from the highest risk areas of tree felling”.
These new hi-tech innovations was showcased in the July issue of NZ Logger magazine.