New TimberPro harvester & forwarder in SA

February 26, 2020

The powerful TimberPro TL 725 D harvester.

TimberPro’s new generation D-series harvesters and forwarders have landed in South Africa and are hard at work in KwaZulu-Natal.

The machines are distributed and supported in SA by Logmech.

The TimberPro TL 725 D is a tracked, levelling harvester, currently harvesting pine in the KZN midlands. It is equipped with a SP 761 LF head, ideal for efficient handling of the pine growing on the slopes above Midmar dam.

New features include a bigger, more spacious operator cab with improved visibility, more power and stability all round and a different engine orientation which provides easier access to key service points.

TF 840 D-series forwarder

The TF 840 D-series forwarder has widened the bunk area to maximise the payload at 20 tons plus without compromising stability.

The new TF 840 D-series forwarder is hauling eucalyptus logs from infield to the roadside depot near Mtunzini in Zululand in very wet and slippery ground conditions.

The Logmech team has widened the bunk area to maximise the payload at 20 tons plus without compromising stability, a big feature of the TimberPro machines.

Another unique attribute is the 360 degree revolving cab which enables the operator to work all around the machine with excellent visibility while always facing his work. The machine can load or place logs on both sides, over the back or front of the machine with equal efficiency.

SP 661 E One-pass head

The SP 661 E one-pass harvesting head was originally developed by the SP team for use in Brazil.

The D-series forwarder is working alongside a converted excavator equipped with SP’s specialised ‘one-pass’ harvesting head, the SP 661 E.

This head was originally developed by the SP team for use in Brazil, and has now been deployed in SA for one-pass harvesting for Mondi.

It has two big feed rollers that are slightly angled in to improve the grip on the tree without increasing pressure. The aim of one-pass harvesting is to improve productivity and reduce stem damage during the de-barking and de-limbing process.

“The SP661 E is designed for one task only – one pass debarking of plantation grown eucalyptus.” Says Leon van Eeden of Logmech, who provide technical support and backup for the TimberPro harvesting machines and SP heads.

Enquiries: Leon van Eeden, Logmech

Related article: Meeting the challenges of one pass processing

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 months ago

I used to use timber pro forwarder a powerful machine, but now I'm using tiger cat. I would love to use it again, notify me if someone need operator 10 years experience I know both machines harverster and forwarder

Husband and wife team Nomthandazo Hlombe and Fisokuhle Ngcobo, NCT’s Tree Farmers of the Year 2021, demonstrate how to establish and build a sustainable tree farming operation in faraway Matimatolo, near Kranskop in the KZN midlands. By Samora Chapman. ...

The largest mangrove reforestation project in Africa has been launched by Mozambique’s Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP) in partnership with Blue Forest, a UAE-based mangrove reforestation specialist. Read more

📸 Lake St Lucia, Chris Chapman.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) in South Africa for 2022 has been set at R23.19 per hour, which translates to R185.52 for an eight-hour day, and R3 710.40 for a month with 20 working days. This represents a 6.9% increase over the 2021 NMW. Can employers afford it? Link in bio... #forestry #labour
📸 Chris Chapman

With the onset of what promises to be a cold winter, this photo provides a timely reminder of what happens to wattle trees when it snows. No! It’s not a good idea to plant wattle if snow is a possibility. The only thing you could use these broken trees for is firewood. The photo was taken near Weza a few years ago. Find out more about trees and snow... Link in bio. #trees #wood #forestry #timber #logging #forestryafrica #wattle #snow ...

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram