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John Deere adds intelligent boom control on forestry harvesters

The updated John Deere 1270G harvester
The updated John Deere 1270G harvester

John Deere now offers Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) on its 1270G Harvester in North America. A first in the harvester category, IBC provides operators with increased accuracy and productivity — bringing harvester capabilities to a whole new level. 

"We are very excited to introduce Intelligent Boom Control to the North American harvester category," said Sakari Suuriniemi, product marketing manager for John Deere. "The 1270G Harvester is known for its versatility in a variety of logging applications. With the addition of IBC, the operator will have more precise control of the boom tip, and reducing the learning curve for new operators." 

IBC is available exclusively for the CH7 boom with 10 meter (32.8 feet) and 11.7 meter (38.4 feet) reaches on the 1270G models. With IBC, the operator controls only the harvester head while the system takes care of the boom's movement. Designed specifically to suit the harvester work cycle, the boom's movement and operation automatically adjust as the boom is taken to a tree and when the tree is in the grapple. IBC enables precise working and the selection of the correct working methods. 

"Customers who have tested the machine noted that IBC makes work easier and reduces fatigue during long days. When we developed IBC, our focus was on improving ergonomics and reducing boom fatigue, ultimately boosting operator productivity and machine durability," said Suuriniemi.

The 1270G Harvester still retains the features from the original launch, including excellent fuel economy in both the six- and eight-wheel models. The six-wheel model boasts a 200 kW (268 HP) Final Tier 4 engine, and an increased in torque compared to previous models. The eight-wheel 1270G Harvesters are designed for steep slopes and soft terrain. Known for superior traction and stability, operators can now utilize the intuitive IBC in application to further control movements in this difficult terrain, which will also reduce the learning curve for new operators. 

The cabin of the G-series machine is designed to maximize operator comfort. The cabin adjusts automatically to boom movements while the automatic leveling functions absorb terrain changes.

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