New forwarder takes the lead among 20-tonners
February 6, 2013 – Komatsu Forest's new Komatsu 895 forwarder takes the definition of a 20-ton forwarder to a whole new level. The entire construction is sturdier and its performance is higher in just about every area.
One example is the new sturdy chassis design and power train. The shape of the frame, the high-tensile steel of the underside of the rear frame, and the bogie's portal design provide very good ground clearance and cope well with obstacles. The boat-shaped underside prevents the forwarder from catching on high rocks and stumps, allowing it to simply glide over them. The new, sturdier front blade can be raised extra high, contributing to the ability to pass obstacles. The new modular frame design enables the Komatsu 895 to be assembled with four different frame lengths to suit different market needs.
The new power train is adapted for 20-ton forwarders. The new, green E3 Power engine delivers high performance with good handling characteristics combined with effective combustion for low fuel consumption
The new transmission system adapts to the load, slopes, and any obstacles. This means that the system automatically adjusts the traction and provides high torque at low engine speeds.
The operator can adjust the continuously variable speed range for both high and low gear without stopping the machine.
In order to better utilize the diesel engine's performance and to improve the new forwarder's handling in steep terrain, the transmission can further increase traction when the going gets tough and speed drops. This enables the forwarder to climb obstacles with considerable ease compared to machines with the previous generation of hydrostatic transmission systems.
The wheels on the Komatsu 895 measure 28.5", which is larger than on any other forwarder on the market. The larger diameter reduces the risk of the rims spinning inside the tires, which is important for transferring the high traction to the ground.
The Komatsu 895 also has a new crane. The Komatsu 165F is large, reliable, and delivers high lifting and slewing torque. It has a new, durable slewing motor with a highly reliable pillar solution. ProTec protected hose routing is fitted as standard.
The Komatsu 895 has a new bunk with different configurations for handling timber of different densities and different size loads. Narrow or wide bunk, LoadFlex with or without scales, and separating supports for easier sorting. The new bunk is crowned by the new gate, FlexGate, with a patented design. The FlexGate flexes out the way when making contact with the crane, protecting both the gate and the crane, and as such the gate could be designed with much better visibility from the cab to the bunk.
The Komatsu 895 is incredibly powerful. 28.7 tonf (255 kN) of traction and 60.8 tonf-ft (165 kNm) of gross lifting torque for the crane make it a giant among comparable forwarders.
The Komatsu 895 also has a brand new cab, which is more spacious in all directions. What's more, visibility and storage have been improved considerably. No expense has been spared on the new cab's interior fittings and equipment. Among other things, it features a light and exclusive interior, the market's most ergonomic driver's seat, BeGe 3000, a new smart radio with Bluetooth and handsfree functionality for cell phone connectivity, and new ergonomic hand controls, Komatsu Comfort Controls, with added functionality.
Facts: Komatsu Forest
Komatsu Forest is an international group with its headquarters and technology center in Umeå, Sweden. Komatsu Forest produces the Komatsu brand of forest machines and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers in this sector. Komatsu Forest has some 1,300 employees and is represented in all markets where mechanized forestry is used. The company has two manufacturing units, one in Sweden and one in the US. Komatsu Forest has customers all over the world, served by own sale companies or dealers in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. Komatsu Forest AB is owned by the Japanese company Komatsu Ltd.
Facts: Komatsu Ltd
Komatsu Ltd is the world’s second largest manufacturer of construction, mining and forestry machinery. The company has annual sales of US$ 24,2 billion and 44,000 employees. Production takes place at 54 factories located throughout the world.