First T-WINCH Traction Assist machine in NZ

Wednesday 12 Dec 2018

High tech forest harvesting company FORCO have announced their dealership agreement with ecoforst, an innovative Austrian company that produces the T-WINCH. FORCO are now the dealer for ecoforst products in both New Zealand and Australia. They’ll also be involved, along with most major equipment and technology suppliers to wood harvesting operations in this part of the world in the wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019, being run in Rotorua next year on 26-27 June 2019.

More than 80 original T-WINCH 10.1 machines have been sold all over the world through dealers based across Europe, North America, South America and now New Zealand and Australia. The T-WINCH 10.1 is used with tracked feller buncher machines, skidders, harvesters and forwarders.

FORCO will be supporting a customer that has purchased the first ecoforst T-WINCH 10.2 in New Zealand. The machine is scheduled to arrive late this year and be operating by February 2019. The T-WINCH 10.2 is the second T-WINCH model produced by ecoforst and is an upgraded version of the 10.1 with more power.

Demand for a machine with even greater power and a faster line speed was strong, so ecoforst developed the powerful T-WINCH 15.1. This machine has been designed with customers from Chile in mind. It is ideal for use with skidders because of the fast line speed, up to 8 kilometres per hour.

The T-WINCH has an innovative computer system, which allows for fully automated operation. The operator sets the tension required via remote control in the cab of the attached machine, and the T-WINCH does the rest. The computer has one simple command “maintain the tension”, which enables the operator to effectively “set and forget” as the computer will pull rope in if the machine is traveling uphill or let rope out if the machine is traveling downhill.

Tension on the cable is constantly maintained as the computer controls an advanced closed hydraulic system, preventing the cable from sagging or bouncing. The smooth and reactive operation avoids shock loading on the cable and ensures maximum traction on slopes.

So, mark the dates into your diary for next year, 26-27 June 2019. It’s shaping up to be another major gathering of wood harvesting contractors and harvest planners.

Stop Press: The two-day programme for the June 2019 event has just been posted onto the website. You can check out what's been planned, what's been covered and who will be presenting at this regions major two-yearly wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019 from the event website,

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