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Tigercat’s Australian Debut

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Tigercat 575 Harvesting Head now available in Australia.

The 575 is a heavy-duty harvesting head specifically designed to match the high-performance capabilities of Tigercat carriers.

With independent knife arms, the 575 harvesting head excels in tough timber with large limbs and poor stem form. Optional timed knives are available for easier picking in roadside processing applications.

The 575 harvesting head is productive and reliable in a variety of demanding applications and tree profiles. An extremely durable all-around harvester head, it is well suited to in-stand harvesting, roadside processing, multi-stem pulpwood processing and eucalyptus debarking.

Tigercat’s patented Autoshift™ drive system provides extra power and positive grip when feeding large trees, fast speed in smaller trees, and full manual control when required. The 575 starts in 3WD, maximising feed force for faster acceleration and to quickly power through bigger trees. As the load drops, it automatically shifts to 2WD, improving efficiency and increasing feed speed. The system shifts back and forth seamlessly with no operator input required, all while maintaining precise and accurate length measurements.

Demonstration

The Tigercat 575 made its debut in Australia recently at an in-field live demonstration in New South Wales. The 575 was fitted to Tigercat’s LH822D Harvester which is one of the popular harvester models in Australia. The demonstration was held at a pine site performing fire salvage recovery following the bush fires in the region earlier this year.

Glen Marley, District Manager at Tigercat Australia and New Zealand said: “This is one of the machines destined for AUSTimber 2020 that was postponed to 2021. This unit has the shorter 8.2 metre (27’) boom option for better stability and lift capacity in larger trees and is working in the Green Hills region of southern NSW State Forests where approximately 52,000 hectares of plantation Radiata pine was burned by bushfires earlier this year”.

Phil Turnbull, Territory Manager at Onetrak said: “The 575 head has been performing very well at our recent demonstrations. We received some very positive feedback from everyone in attendance and they were all impressed with the performance of the head”.

Glen Marley adds: “The feedback from these operators is excellent and gives us great confidence in this head and its suitability for Australian conditions. We are particularly happy with the performance of the StanForD end-of-shift data reporting PRI and KTR file transfer and reporting. As a matter of fact, the reviews we have had for the 575 from local operators are generally the most positive reports we’ve had on a demo unit which is very encouraging”.

If you would like to find out more about the 575 contact your nearest Onetrak branch or call 1300 727 520.

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