The WOODRACKER TK (Telekinematics) enables a rigid mounting of WOODCRACKER cutting heads to harvester, telescopic cranes and rehandling excavators, where so far only pendular suspension was possible.
Asturforesta is an international exhibition for the forest industry, which takes place on the Iberian Peninsula from 15th to 17th June 2017 in the woods of Armayán, Tineo, Asturias.
Asturforesta 2017 is the eleventh edition of the forest exhibition by now and starts over with new experience based on their former successful events. Westtech will present their product innovations on an exhibition stand and also demonstrates their forest machines in action.
Visit us on the stand of our merchant Forestpioneer, and take a look!
On 21st and 22nd April 2017, the MINERAL Bager Expo took place in the driving safety center of Vransko, Slovenia, a small city of 2.600 residents.
The expo of the business magazine MINERAL issued amongst others construction equipment, attachments and utility vehicles. The Slovenian magazine adresses in particular companies and public institutions in civil and underground engineering and public services.
For the first time, Westtech took part at the expo along with known brands, like MAN, Scania, Case or Takeuchi and introduced the WOODCRACKER range. Numerous visitors had a closer look at the tree shear CL190, the cutting head C350 and the wood splitting tong W1000.
The application areas for WOODCRACKER forestry machines are versatile, but to a certain extent limited to the flexibility of the carrier vehicle. Therefore Westtech always watches out for carrier vehicles and machines that make rough terrain accessible and enable a faster workflow in the forest. After all, time is money.
Safe with Street-Rubbers
The primary used carrier vehicle for WOODCRACKERs are excavators. Therefore, an exciting cooperation with Street-Rubbers arose. Street-Rubbers are rubberized and street-legal crawler units that combine the benefits of steel chains and wheel drive, especially for wheel excavators. Simply put, maximum traction in terrain but also complete roadworthiness without causing damage to the asphalt. Street-Rubbers broaden the footprint of the wheel excavator and treat the forest ground with care.
Access new application areas
Using Street-Rubbers extents the application for WOODCRACKER forestry machines. Rough terrain or inaccessible slopes are easier to handle. Additionally, no low-loaders are needed for short-distance transportation. An excavator equipped with Street-Rubbers combined with the cutting head WOODCRACKER C turned out to be a beneficial arrangement. Larger quantities of wood can be harvested automatically in a soil-conserving way, especially in places where typically manual work is necessary.
Westtech designed a smaller cutting head of the C model range especially for the harvest of small trees and bushes, cutting up to 25 cm in diameter in soft wood. The agile and light-weighted attachement weighing only 210 kg is attachable to small excavators of 2.5 ton net weight or even to farm loaders of known brands.
In January 2017, the excavator and forestry service provider Martin Gotsmi carried out land clearing along the banks of the Danube in Marbach, Lower Austria, with the aid of WOODCRACKER forestry technology. The service provider Gotsmi GmbH from Klein Pöchlarn received the order to clear the embankement of 4 km in length from trees and bushes, to prepare the area for a new building project. Marbach suffered massive damage after floods in 2002 and 2013 and eventually got the approval for the building of a new flood protection.
On 9th of December, a live demonstration of WESTTECH and the tree care company Gebele took place in marvellous weather. The German company Gebele from Neuburg, which is a professional in land clearing, showed off the powerful WOODCRACKER machines mounted on a Liebherr 932 and a crawler excavator, Liebherr 924.
The new WOODCRACKER® CL190 is the smallest of the C-series cutting heads, but should not be underestimated.
The WOODCRACKER® CS series
In September 2016, the small and compact grapple saw CS 580 “smart” was introduced as an extension of the consisting WOODCRACKER® CS series. The CS 580 “smart” was particularly designed for the attachment to telescopic handlers. The opening width of the gripper is 1250mm, the maximum cutting diameter amount to about 580mm. The machine is endlessly rotatable and the gripper shows significant more gripping force. Due to clever design, the net weight was reduced to a minimum of 850 kg. The flexible cutting head, attached to a telescopic handler, is perfectly suited for swift and simple tree felling as well as for tree care and landscaping, particularly at exposed locations.
- Extremely high gripping force
- Tiltator with potent torque
- Only one double-acting control valve required
- Active spring-loaded saw
- Grease lubrication for chain saw
- Compact design
Experience report and video come soon!
Westtech presented a wide range of their Woodcracker® forestry equipment for safe wood harvest and biomass processing at this year’s 17th KWF Expo in Roding, Bavaria. Read more