Austimber 2012

Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia showcases John Deere forestry equipment

John Deere harvester


THE AUSTIMBER 2012 exhibition was held on March 30th and 31st in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Held every four years, AUSTimber is the largest forestry and timber exhibition in the southern hemisphere and showcases the latest in technology, machinery, products and services specific to the industry.

As the exclusive distributor of John Deere forestry equipment in Australia, Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA) featured its innovative and extensive range of John Deere products. Visitors to both the Pine and Bluegum sites experienced a unique opportunity to view live harvesting and processing demonstrations within the forest environment.

Featured machines included a 903KH tracked harvester and 1470E wheeled harvester, two 1910E forwarders, 2154D swing machine, 903K feller buncher and an 848H skidder.

HCA proved to be a prominent exhibitor at AUSTimber with an impressive presence at both sites. Marquees were situated in the heart of the forest surrounded by a static machinery display. A timber deck overlooked the live demonstration area and offered customers a relaxing area to enjoy light refreshments.

The marquee featured a diverse range of John Deere merchandise including caps, t-shirts, cooler bags and travel mugs. Plinths with iPads enabled visitors to view machine brochures and specifications, while a John Deere harvester and forwarder simulator tested their operating skills in a virtual forest. HCA and John Deere representatives offered onsite expertise during live and static machine demonstrations.

This year John Deere celebrated its 175th birthday with an evening function hosted by HCA. The night proved highly successful with over 200 guests in attendance. A roving magician entertained the crowd during the evening.

HCA and John Deere would like to express their thanks to customers that made their machines and operators available for use during AUSTimber— Merrett Logging, Harvest Co, Moreland Logging, and L.V. Dohnt & Co.

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