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LOGSET 12H GTE HYBRID HARVESTER
The Logset 12H GTE 510 hp Hybrid Harvester caused quite a stir at the APF Show in 2016. Once the show was done and dusted it made the long journey to Aberfoyle in Stirlingshire. John and Sue Fukes of R.J. Fukes Forestry Services and Marc Mimeau from Logset arranged a demonstration of the harvester at a steep Tillhill site managed by Richard Rattray on the Forestry Commission’s three lochs forest drive. It was a fairly mixed size crop of Sitka Spruce, with some of the timber over two cubic metres in volume and steep clicks up to an old clear fell site at the top (which I harvested alongside Aaron Ferguson a few years ago).
The harvester was almost 28,000 kg in weight once it was completely tracked up with Clark Climbing Specials (24,500kg without); it’s powered by a Tier 4 Final 300hp diesel motor with up to 210hp of hybrid power on tap when necessary. This is a very clever system which provides incredible power but is also environmentally friendly with efficient fuel consumption and low emissions.
We arrived on the Friday afternoon and the first day of the demonstration was well underway with Ian Pattison at the controls, being watched by a lot of people who had travelled a fair distance to see this big beast in action. The climbing ability of the harvester was especially impressive considering it was on standard bogies with
hydraulic rams; this unit is destined for flat ground in Finland but balanced bogies will be an option on future hybrids. The stability of the harvester was outstanding, even when felling trees at the full reach of the Mesera 280V Crane.
Graham Miller, a harvester driver for the Forestry Commission, took a
test drive with Ian Pattison to see how it compared to the John Deere he normally operates and this is what he had to say: “Overall it’s quite an impressive machine. The climbing ability is very good; the slope I was on was measured at just over 32 degrees. Also the stability is very good, working with large trees on the slope it never moved. The cab has great vision, with the glass sides and the windscreen going right to the floor. From a maintenance point of view the head looks easy to work on and although I think the JD 415 head is faster at feeding it can still handle a fair size stick. Ian said there are a few things that need tweaking on it so it will be interesting to see how it goes once this has been done.”
Over the two days the Logset Hybrid worked a total of 12 hours and cut a total of just over 600m³, which is an average of 50m³/hr. The average fuel consumption was 14ltr/hr.
Overall, I thought it was a solid, well built and effective machine; some pipes on the bogie rams were vulnerable but John Fukes already had this noted and a solution worked out in advance. The hybrid was well received by the people attending over the two days and most were very impressed with the climbing ability and stability; the only negative comment I heard was that the feeding speed of the TH75
harvesting head was slower compared to some of their leading competitors.
It was also reasonably quiet for such a powerful machine and although it was grossing at almost 28,000kg there was minimal evidence of damage to the forest floor. Although it appears to be a really big machine, it is transported with a normal low loader from site to site with ease. I am sure most other manufacturers will follow suit at some point with the hybrid system but Logset have written themselves into the history books by being the first.
I caught up with Marc Mimeau, the area sales manager for Logset at Interforst 2018 to find out how the Hybrid was being received two years after its launch.
Marc was delighted with its progress said that this was the sixth Hybrid that had been manufactured and sold with a further two currently in production.
I noticed some sign writing on the side of the Hybrid and asked if this was the new owners but Marc explained that the “Bayerische Staatforsten” (BAYSF) logo was in fact the Bavarian State forest management company.
The BAYSF is responsible for the management of 800,000ha of forests in Bavaria and Sankt Martin bei Lofer in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
It is the largest management company in Germany and was formed in 2005 It is focused on preserving the forests and
eco-systems under its control by utilising a sustainable strategy with a strong focus on social responsibilities. The BAYSF harvests five million cubic meters each year (10% of all the timber harvested in Germany) and keeps over 2,600 people employed.
Having the BAYSF logo on the Hybrid is very prestigious as it means that it complies to all the high standards laid down by them and that they endorse the Hybrid as an efficient and
environmentally friendly machine for harvesting timber.
This endorsement can have a big impact on the sales of a machine in Germany and beyond as BAYSF is a highly respected organisation in the forest community.
Marc was overwhelmed with the attention, positive feedback and enquiries Logset received from the visitors at Interforst.
You never know there might be a Logset 12H GTE Hybrid coming to a forest near you.
Meet The FMM Team
RAB EASTON - Editor
I have been professionally involved in forestry since 1976. I started out as a timber faller for the Forestry Commission before starting on my own as a forestry contractor.
This was a great era to have been in forestry as I have evolved along with the harvesting equipment. Starting with a Fordson Major 2 WD tractor, with a three point linkage winches, progressing to the
hi-tech, efficient, labour saving harvesting machines we are using today.
WENDY EASTON - ??
I started out as a tree surgeon
before diversifying into horticulture.
Marrying Rab took my whole life in a new direction. Nowhere in the marriage vows did it state I would have to learn to operate a forwarder to save him jumping in and out when tightening band tracks.
Most of our friends work in forestry and on many evenings I believe there has been more wood cut in my lounge than in any forest.
I am responsible for the design and layout of the magazine. I also take many of the photos and look after the administration side of the business.
It’s a good partnership - Rab gets all the credit and I get all the work!
WENDY FARRAND - North American Representative
I am an industry columnist and speaker whose mission is to strengthen the people side of timber harvesting. For the past 10 years I have worked solely for the logging community taking my unique combination of skills and experiences to logging contractors around the US and Canada.
As a former corporate training consultant turned procurement manager, I bring my unique perspective right back to the loggers helping them to improve safety and production on the job.
I have worked as the Director of Communications for the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands and
served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Northeastern Loggers’ Association.
I write a regular column in Forest Machine Magazine and I am their North American representative looking after subscribers and advertisers.
In order to keep my boots dusty, I work with local logging contractors as a consultant and hike in the woods every day with my dogs Rusty and Hitch. I lives in Limerick, Maine with my husband Merrill and my Dad Charlie, a World War II Veteran.