1 March 1996

Forest harvester is just the ticket for smaller woodlands

A timber harvester designed for work in smaller woodlands and estates is now available from Armer Machinery. Operated from a Fendt 395 GHA tool carrier – a 115hp tractor which has a front platform – the Finland-built harvester has a crane with a 7.5m reach and a lift capacity of 6.9t.

Business end of the Mowi 675 parallel crane is a Keto harvester head which, depending on the version opted for, can fell timber with diameters of 37cm or 45cm (15in or 18in) and de-limb diameters of 33cm or 40cm (13in or 16in).

Kenny Dobson, manager of Armer Machinerys forestry division, believes the new harvester provides a viable alternative for those not wanting to invest huge sums in large, purpose-built harvesters – but not at the expense of "professional performance."

Mr Dobson says the harvester unit can be retro-fitted to existing Fendt tractors but it would need to be fitted initially at his firms Massingham base – an operation which takes about 50 hours. Once attached however, the unit can be removed in about half a day and refitted in a day and a half.

Price of a new Fendt 395 GHA equipped with a Mowi 675 crane and Keto harvester header is in the region of £130,000. The use of a second-hand tractor would reduce this significantly. &#42

Fendt 395 GHA tool carrier equipped with Armers forestry harvester.