HANSA C65RX is known for built-to-last design and high performance: everyone knows the products and reputation of HANSA well. Now it’s time for a close-up look at the C65RX chipper.
Launched in 2021, the HANSA C65RX has become a go to for hundreds of arborists, providing functionality and performance in those hard-to-access or ground-condition sensitive worksites.
The design of the machine was inspired by customer requirements and led by Mitchell Sanson, the head engineer at HANSA, who wanted to create a product that provided solutions for as many customer needs as possible.
“Our philosophy has always been to create machines that make our customers work easier,” said Martin Vogel, the owner of HANSA. “With this machine it was no different, the team at HANSA has met the mark laid down by customers and the industry.”
The first iteration was the C60RX, which became the foundation for the C65RX. Launched in 2016, customers were eager to get their hands on the C60RX. The high demand for the C60RX was in part due to the C60 road trailer chipper, which gave customers the beloved C60 on tracks.
In the field with the commercial customers for HANSA was Andrew Franks, head of aftersales service. “The feedback was brilliant,” said Franks. “Customers loved the C60RX. It kickstarted the conversation about what we could do better, and that was when the C65RX project really began.”
The foundation was laid, and Hansa begun the R&D phase for the C65RX.
HANSA invested huge amounts of time in the R&D phase. Meeting onsite with C60RX customers, testing systems changes, setups, taking a hard look at what was needed out in the field. This wasn’t just a desktop CAD approach.
“We like to say the C65RX was designed onsite,” said Sanson.
So, what came out? Let’s take a look at the specs on the C65RX chipper…
Maximum capacity: 254mm (10″)
Engine type: Deutz F4L 2011
Maximum power: 64HP
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel tank size 70 litres
Hydraulic tank size: 92L
Start type: Electric
Inlet chute size: 458mm x 254mm
Knife quantity: Four (reversible)
Knife size: 200mm x 116mm x 16mm
Knife material: A8 modified tool steel
Cutting disk dimensions: 800mm x 40mm
Cutting disk weight: 181kg Cutting disk speed 1700RPM
Belt drive: 4x SPB section
Hydraulic feed size: 305mm roller
Wheels: Rubber tracks
Dimensions: (LxWxH) 3130mm x 1430mm x 2325mm
Weight: (depends on options) 2030kg – 2190kg
Outlet chute height: 2110mm – 2325mm
Outlet chute type: 360° swivel, height adjustable
The 10x 18-inch infeed opening allows for fast processing of branches and the maximum-capacity diameter of 10 inches.
One of the great things about HANSA is everyone knows the capacities of the machines are the true capacities – if HANSA says it, it will do it.
The IFM control system from Germany manages the adjustable auto feed system, reversing the feed roller to optimise engine recovery speed, therefore maximising output.
Powered by the durable 65HP Deutz air/oil cooled four-cylinder diesel engine and Parker hydraulics, the C65RX has the power it needs to perform along with a high-quality hydraulic system that won’t let anyone down.
This 10-inch capacity chipper also has optional extras.
Operator fatigue and manual lifting and can be reduced by adding a hydraulic winch, Increasing safety on site by having the winch do the hard yards, while making the team more productive.
The Hydraulic lift and crush is another great feeding aid which enables the operator to lift and clear the feed roller or to winch under the feed roller. The crush function assists in feeding large volumes of brush or forked branches.
“We wanted to make sure customers could add to the machine when it suited them, that’s why the design in these areas of the machine had to be modular,” said Vogel.
The C65RX’s modular design allows the optional winch and hydraulic lift and crush system to be added for minimal surcharge at a later date.
It’s not just the C65RX that HANSA developed. There is also the T20 trailer, a bespoke, in-house designed-andbuilt trailer for the C65RX. It makes this tracked chipper a fully-fledged C65 road-tow machine.
The T20 is a bit like what T20 did for cricket: it’s faster and more fun – though we’re assured it gets its name from something else.
The T20 makes transporting the C65RX easy with the Rapid Loading system. Quick-hitch latches are used to secure the chipper via the builtin ratchet tiedowns. It is the fastest loading tracked chipper HANSA has yet seen.
Here’s where it gets really good – even better than T20 cricket.
The trailer design allows the user to open the inlet chute and chip directly into the bin-truck, without the need for unloading or repositioning the chipper.
“Customers love it,” grinned Vogel. “They can take on multiple worksite types in one day, with one chipper!” he said.
The design and build quality of the T20 is exactly as expected from HANSA: made of steel, powder-coated, and built to last. Simple in design, functional and high performance.
“We knew what we had to achieve here.” said Sanson. “Our customers operate in some challenging environments and travel over some disastrous roads, whether in Southland New Zealand or rural roads in Australia. We wanted to ensure the T20 was up to the challenge.”
This has been how HANSA has grown the trust of the industry over the years. The brand can be relied upon to deliver a solid machine with resilient and responsive after-sales support. Commercial operators need after-sales support they can trust, and HANSA is always working to improve for its customers in the space, too.
“Our customers work in all weather conditions, all days of the year, and round the clock. We make sure we are there for them,” said Franks.
A bright outlook
Aftersales support is one of the main pillars of the HANSA brand. HANSA knows its customers need fast response times and have the resource, structures and processes in place to ensure it. In New Zealand, the home of HANSA, this is all manged directly with the customers. A dedicated team of highly trained technicians are ready and able to help when required.
In Australia the new partnership with EEA (Earth Moving Equipment Australia) – now TCM (Tree Care Machinery) – provides the on-the-ground aftersales support. TCM has a direct line to the team at HANSA, utilising the latest software solutions for communication and information sharing.
To learn more about HANSA, check out hansaproducts.com. Or get in touch directly in Australia on +61 1800 426 722 and in NZ on +64 508 442 672.