Monday, February 27, 2012

Tigercat Forestry Equipment

Being back home in Kitchener for a week, I decided to make the most of my time by finally visiting the Tigercat Forestry production facilities in Cambridge and Paris, Ontario. Being a forestry technician and short-term logger, I have a huge interest and passion for the machinery behind today's forestry industry. 
After speaking with Ron Montgomery at Tigercat early last week, a tour was set up for Thursday. Below is a look inside 2 of several factories that they have in the surrounding region.
I met with Phil, the production manager at Tigercat`s final assembly plant for their line of feller bunchers, loaders and shovel loggers in Paris, Ontario.
Awaiting undercarriage and boom.
Tigercat 880 in final assembly. ``The new Tigercat 880 logger is a multi-purpose, no compromise carrier designed for loading, shovel logging and processing. The 880 is purpose-built to eliminate the design compromises found in excavator conversions. The upper frame assembly and undercarriage are designed for full forest duty.``
Grapple assembly
5702 felling head, the largest that Tigercat offers is well suited to handle large diameter trees. Not something you wan`t to tangle with!
The Power - Cummins QSL9

Fresh off the line - an 870C Feller Buncher awaits shipment
870C with felling head
Wheeled loader being tested out back
Loader to be mounted on a trailer application. Testing is done on each unit once completed. Oil is brought up to temperature to ensure everything is operational. 
After leaving the factory in Paris I headed to another facility in Cambridge.
Chassis prep
Skidder assembly 
620D Grapple Skidder being fine tuned.
635D six wheel drive grapple skidder - almost complete
parts outback
Tires Tires Tires
 A completed 635D - The long wheel base minimizes ground compaction and pressure.
The forestry industry may be hurting in some aspects but that was definitely not evident by the amount of equipment leaving Tigercat`s doors. I would like to thank the people over at Tigercat for being so inviting and for taking the time to show me around.

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