John Deere's new felling heads collect larger, tighter bunches
Today John Deere has added the to its felling head lineup. The FS50/FR50 Felling Heads build upon the successful qualities of previous models for increased productivity, range and visibility. The new felling heads are compatible with the 800 and 900M-Series and feature in 30-degree and 310-degree wrist configurations respectively.
"We are committed to producing high-quality, reliable equipment. Based off of customer feedback, we are excited to add the FS50/FR50 Felling Heads to our forestry equipment lineup for increased accumulating capacities, improved range of motion and excellent visibility," said Jim O'Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere Tracked Harvesters and Feller Bunchers. "These new models will make even the hardest tasks easier and more efficient for our customers."
The FS50/FR50 features superior alignment of bunched timber to allow for optimal logging and harvesting. The new felling heads provide a taller horn that works together with the pocket and arms to collect larger, tighter bunches. The horn delivers excellent handling of tall trees, which improves skidder productivity during tree removal. Both models also include arm cylinders mounted high for impressive wear protection of the saw housing, and can easily hold up to 15 six-inch trees.
The FR50 configuration maximizes versatility when positioning bunches in both plantation and thinning conditions due to the increased rotation. "I always try to work more efficient, smarter, more precise. Nothing else on the market holds the timber that this one holds," said Thomas Johnson of Thomas Johnson Logging. "My production has [gone] up using this bunching head."
Additionally, the FS50/FR50 models provide excellent visibility to the cutting area and superior wear protection of saw housing. A full coverage option is available for both models, and for the FR50 model, sealed bushings in all clamp arm pivot joints are available.
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