Tigercat forwarders, ranging in capacity from 14 tonne to 25 tonne are designed to achieve high production and lowest cost in the most demanding transporting applications. They are built tough for high duty cycle applications, heavy loads and challenging terrain. The forwarder family includes the 1055C, the1075C and the 1085C. The 25 tonne 1075C now fitted with Tigercat’s own 25 tonne rated bogies is the largest forwarder available on the market and the mostpopular Tigercat forwarder in Australia. The 1075C is equipped with the biggest crane delivering unmatched productivity with the lowest cost per tonne performance. Innovative low-wide bunk system and Tigercat’s high capacity hooked crane allows the operator to lift heavier loads with more slew torquethan competing class cranes. This combination expands the working envelope ofthe crane for reduced machine travel, decreased loading and unloading cycletime, improved productivity, operator visibility and ergonomics are enhanced.
The first 1075C forwarders with 25 tonne rated bogies in Australia were sold to Sunchip Group. This specification is now standard on all new Tigercat forwarders coming in to the country.
Mark Blackberry, owner of Sunchip Group, explained why he opted for the 1075C forwarders,“Tigercat products are not the cheapest option on the market but with a lot of other brands you need to look at replacing the equipment after around 5 years.Tigercat machines are exceptionally strong and reliable – they’re a long-term investment that will last longer than 5 years. The 1075C forwarders have outstanding fuel efficiency and the software is great too”.
“We operate in a lot of extreme conditions so robust and stable machines are a necessity. The 1075C is a stronger, bigger capacity forwarder and as mentioned, the fuel economy is fantastic. The operator acceptance is exceptional. They’re just extremely tough machines andthe reliability and service is second to none”.
The Tigercat F195T85 crane is capable of lifting 20-30% heavier loads at the same reach compared with any other forwarder crane on the market. In addition, the crane boasts 22-66% more slew torque than any competing crane. The tapered rollerbearing in the slew base is designed to last the life of the machine, animprovement over the plain bearing and spherical rollers used in other cranes.
The crane’s hooked profile is designed to increase the working envelope of the crane for reduced machine travel and improved productivity. But where the crane really shines is when used in combination with Tigercat’s new low-wide expandable bunk systems.The low-wide bunks are angled to reduce overall gate height and eliminate the need for a vertically sliding gate. The expandable bunk improves productivity by increasing payload in applications where the wood is relatively light inweight and load area is the constraining factor. In combination with the hooked crane, the low-wide bunk system significantly reduces the chance of contact with the gate or bunk stakes. Operator visibility and ergonomics are enhanced.The operator enjoys a clear sightline to the top of the load, increasing log placement accuracy and decreasing cycle times. In addition, the grapple stays within the operator’s view through the entire loading and unloading cycle for reduced operator strain. The low-wide system is available for all Tigercat forwarders.
Since an average of 50% of the forwarder duty cycle is spent loading and unloading, increasing the number of logs per crane cycle is another way that Tigercat is improving overall machine productivity and reducing forwarding cost per tonne. The FG43 and FG53 series Tigercat grapples compliment the crane with larger load area capacities at 0,43 m2 (4.6 ft2) and 0,53 m2 (5.7 ft2) respectively. The grapples are fitted with thick walled bushings for extended service life. The link has a patent pending hose routing design to better protect the hoses and the swing dampener has been designed for heavy duty.
Tigercat forwarders are equipped with a modern, well finished, spacious cab with extended windows for excellent visibility to the load area and the ground. The large window area provides an open feeling, reducing the perception of being confined in a machine cab for long periods. A quiet environment is important for operator comfort and productivity. The forwarder cab is insulated, and isolation mounted for reduced noise levels and vibration. Sound insulation is used under the cab, on the engine wall area, and the engine hood to reduce driveline and engine noise. All connections to the cab use bulk head fittings to reduce noise transfer.
Tigercat forwarders have unsurpassed service access to all electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Access to the engine, driveline and pumps is through the tilt-out hood enclosure and tilting cab. All the hydraulic valves and computer control modules are located in one compartment in the wagon frame. Easily accessed from ground level, hydraulic adjustments are simple to perform.Electrical reliability is excellent due to short wire runs between the control modules and valves located immediately beside them.