SA team from Komatsu Forest distributor, McHale Plant Sales – accompanied by a number of Irish forestry customers – attended a recent Komatsu Days event held in the wooded surroundings of the company’s global headquarters and manufacturing base in Umeå, Northern Sweden.
Highlight of their programme was the unveiling of the upgraded Komatsu Forest 2020 harvester range, from the thinning harvester model through to the eight-wheel 931XC and Komatsu 951 with features that include improved off-road manoeuvrability, higher ground clearance, refined tractive force and new fingertip-controlled steering function. Also shown were upgrades of their three largest forwarders – the 855, 875 and 895 models, as well as their new Stage V engine with latest AdBlue system, new exhaust and hydraulic tappets.
Other exhibits included Komatsu Forest’s new MaxiXT control system – described as the machine’s nervous system that controls everything from the engine to the crane and the head whilst powering its MaxiVision technology. Designed to help the operator visualise forest conditions through map views, it provides data on ground conditions whilst keeping operators up to date with the rest of the team’s production.
Also present at the biennial event were some 800 Komatsu distributors, dealers and customers from across Europe, whose visit included a factory tour with the chance to observe live demonstrations of the new machines at work and attendance at the famed Skogsnolia Forest Fair – Sweden’s largest forest expo