Harvesting With Forestrys Finest
Mount Gambier based Moreland Holdings is responsible for the harvesting of Bluegum and Pine plantations in the ‘Green Triangle’ of Victoria’s North West and South Australia’s South East.
An extensive fleet of forestry equipment is utilised to harvest approximately 750,000 tonnes of timber annually. Aside from the Bluegum and Pine harvesting operations, the company operates a fleet of B-double trucks for the transportation of timber to surrounding mills.
Moreland Holdings has a rich history with their origins in New Zealand. In 1980, Colin Moreland sold up his business interests and moved the family to Australia in search of new business opportunities. Today, built upon decades of experience, the company has become one of the larger logging contractors operating out of Mount Gambier.
A powerful forestry machine clearing the way in the Moreland fleet is the John Deere 2154D swing machine fitted with a Waratah HTH616C harvester head. Incorporating revolutionary technology purpose-built to perform in the harshest of environments, the 2154D swing machine boasts a robust structure designed to suit a variety of forestry applications.
“My brother David witnessed a live demonstration of the 2154D operating in Brazil,” said Moreland Holdings’ Business Manager, Craig Moreland. “He really liked the look of it and how it performed. We decided we had to have one.”
The John Deere swing machine’s hydraulic power combined with the durability and precision of the Waratah HTH616C attachment delivers optimised harvesting productivity. “We only use Waratah harvesting heads across our fleet due to their toughness and reliability,” commented Craig.
This is supported by Waratahs’ research and development into their product technology, which when integrated with John Deere machinery, proves a perfect package.
Comfort, visibility and the overall set-up were major features, according to Craig, when asked why he decided to purchase the John Deere 2154D.
“The set-up and finish of the machine is excellent. It was ready to go and all we needed to do was fit the Waratah head,” he said.
John Deere has maximised worksite visibility in their 2154D through the verification of sight lines using 3-D modelling and extensive product development. “The visibility is great, particularly from the side windows,” indicated Craig. “The cab was also a key selling point for us. I would say it is the best cab on the market. The machine has a great track set-up with ideal ground clearance and is nice to operate.”
As the exclusive distributor of John Deere construction and forestry products in the Australian market, Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA) continues to supply the forestry industry with innovative and cutting-edge products.
“We have built a good relationship with HCA over the years and we have a history of John Deere machinery purchases,” said Craig. “Backup is a critical factor for us and Hitachi’s maintenance team in Mount Gambier have been excellent to deal with.”
“My brother David witnessed a live demonstration of the 2154D operating in Brazil. He really liked the look of it and how it performed. We decided we had to have one.”