DEERE RAMPS UP IN THE FOREST
Jones Forest Management add another John Deere gem to their fleet
After attending forestry’s flagship event, Austimber – Luke Jones, Director at Jones Forest Management decided to add the John Deere 2154D swing machine fitted with a Waratah 622C to his existing fleet of Hitachi and John Deere machines. Recently delivered on site in North West Tasmania, feedback is that it’s ‘working very well, head and base are a great combination and a perfect addition to the fleet.’
Luke has worked in the forestry industry for the past 20 years, making his start in his father’s business in 1996 before Luke and is wife Belinda established their own company in 2006.
With operations from one end of the eastern sea board to the other, the two operations are around 4,000km apart. One operation in far Northern Queensland and the other in the North West region of Tasmania, providing a full range of services to the timber industry including site preparation, timber harvesting and timber haulage. To assist in his operations, Luke has now acquired a Hitachi ZX270 used as a log loader, a John Deere 1710D & 1910E forwarder and recently the John Deere 2154.
The 2154D is the entry level swing machine, with an operating weight of 26.6 tonnes. This machine offers strong boom tower arrangement, thick base plates, additional welding and strengthening in known critical areas, and large diameter swing bearings making the 2154D extremely durable. 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.
“I’ve been a fan of the John Deere brand for a very long time, and when I found out about this machine, the build quality coupled with back up service that Hitachi provides – I knew I couldn’t go wrong,” said Luke.
Thousands of test hours in dense woods have evolved some seriously tough traits in the new 2154D Forestry Swing Machine. Three work modes, a powerful swing system, improved horsepower, and a new hydraulic system promise one versatile harvester. As log loaders or shovel loggers, road builders, processor/harvesters, or stroke delimber carriers, D-Series Forestry Swing Machines prove anything less is really just prey. “With the selection of machines now in my fleet, I have a complete system supplied by Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia” says Luke. “I harvest and cut-to-length with the new 2154D, forward the wood to roadside with the John Deere 1910E and load out with the Hitachi ZX270.”
“The 2154D is performing and meeting all expectations, it’s very quiet, stable and economical to run, the operator is very comfortable and enjoys being in the machine. The power and performance of the John Deere engine provide ample hydraulic power.”
“One of the main benefits of running John Deere equipment are engines and their performance and fuel efficiency. The JDLink is also a huge benefit, it allows me to monitor the machine from anywhere via internet access and my cell phone.”
The factory purpose built side-entry cab with integral vertical bars and polycarbonate windows, meet safety requirements for forestry applications whilst maximising visibility. Climate control is available with side-entry cabs, to ensure operator comfort.
To complement great forward visibility, sight lines have been verified using 3-D modelling to maximise worksite visibility.
Joystick controls and accessory switches are within easy reach for your operator's convenience and safety. The visibility is great, particularly from the side windows,” indicated Luke. “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.”
Luke has had a long standing relationship with Hitachi, “I’m always provided with product pricing promptly and machine options, specifications and information is delivered in a confident and professional manner. I really like the fact that we can deal with one company throughout all of my operations and are provided with great support and backup by the workshop and spare parts,” he said.
Note: John Deere will be launching the all new GSeries Swing Machines at Demo International 2016 in British Columbia, Canada. Once again the range will include log loaders, processors & harvesters, road builders and stroke delimbers. Not only will the GSeries have some great new features and improved operating performance but there will be some brand new models introduced. More information will be published soon or visit www.deereforestry.com.