We are writing a series of articles about sturdy harvesters. We must not forget that it doesn´t matter how big volumes the harvesters produce if the wood doesn´t come out of the forest. So, which forwarders can match the biggest harvesters? Here is one …
Ponsse Elephant is a sturdy forwarder, but not the largest in the Ponsse range. There is another one that loads 2 tons more. It´s also an Elephant but a King as well. Ponsse has seven forwarders to offer. You will find information about them all here.
Forwarder – the forgotten machine
Well, maybe slightly exaggerated, but the fact is that a lot of the development of forest machinery has been about harvesters. When we talk about advanced technology for logging and forestry, harvesters are the ones that are mentioned. But honestly, what would a harvester be if the wood didn´t come out of the forest?
No major steps have been made in the development of forwarders in a long time. If you compare a forwarder from the 70´s with one of today, very much is the same. If you do the same comparison with harvesters, the difference is huge. It´s not the same machines at all.
In the last 10 – 20 years, the forwarders have however caught up to match the harvesters. But that has mainly been done by fine-tuning. Engines, hydraulics, electronics and computer power are what make the difference. They still have six or eight wheels (most of them). They still have a “tractor and a trailer”. Crane, bunks and gates are more or less still the same.
So, let´s focus on the forwarders!
Yes, let us do exactly that, and we will start with the above mentioned Ponsse Elephant. Here are some facts, photos and a film of one.
Minimum weight 22000 kg (48 502 lb)
Typical weight 22800 kg (50 265 lb)
Length 10150 – 11060 mm (399,6 – 435,4 in)
Width 2990 – 3300 mm (117,7 – 129,9 in)
Ground clearance 800 mm (31,5 in)
Transportation height 3990 mm (157,1 in)
Steering angle ± 44 degrees
K100 + K121
Slewing torque (gross) 48 kNm (35 403 lb-ft)
Lifting moment (gross) 195 kNm (143 825 lb-ft)
Crane reach 8 m / 10 m (26,2 – 32,8 ft)
OTHER MB OM906LA EU Stage IIIA
EU MB OM936LA EU Stage V
Name MB OM936LA Tier 4 Final
Market area North America
Engine power 210 kW (285,6 hp)
Engine torque 1150 Nm (848,2 lb-ft) (1200-1600 rpm)
Tractive force 220 KN 49 458 lbf)
Driving speed 0 – 20 km/h (0 – 12,4 mi/h)
Fuel tank volume 260 l (68,7 gal (US))
Control system PONSSE OptiControl
Working pump 190 cm3 (11,6 cu in)
Hydraulic oil tank volume 170 l (44,9 gal(US))
Front tyres 26,5″
Rear tyres 26,5″
Load carrying capacity 18000 kg (39 683 lb)
Load space cross
sectional area 5.8 – 6.3 m2 (62,4 – 67,3 sq ft)
VLA 5.2 – 6.7 m2 (56 – 72,1 sq ft)
Load space length 4540 – 5450 mm (14,9 – 214,6 ft)
Glide bunk 700 mm (27,6 in)
Log gate Can be moved hydraulically
A broad range of optional equipment is available in addition to standard equipment. For more information about standard and optional equipment, consult your nearest PONSSE retailer.
Legal notes: The manufacturer reserves the right to make technical changes and improvements.
Film and more facts
You will find more information on the Ponsse website here.
And here is a film: