Porter Press Extra: RMT Harvesting

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[SPONSORED CONTENT] This busy West Australian-based forestry company has recently invested in a Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C in order to process woodlots in the demanding environment of the Great Southern region. Armed with a variety of forest-specific hardware, RMT Harvesting’s latest fleet addition is proving fit-for-purpose

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Although RMT Harvesting has only been on-site at the 400-hectare block they’re currently in working for a month or so, Reville Volker and his team have been hard at work in the forests of the Great Southern region, inland from Albany on the south coast of West Australia, for four years now.

Having bought the company off another contractor in 2014, Reville has expanded RMT Harvesting’s manpower steadily; the four harvesters and two forwarders he inherited back then having morphed into eight harvesters and three forwarders today.

"We have eight excavators in all, but this is the first Hyundai we’ve purchased," Reville says. "I’ve known Porter Equipment territory manager Matt Milner for a while, so when he suggested looking at the Hyundai I was keen to check it out.

"The first thing that struck me was the ready-to-work nature of the package Porter Equipment put together for us. The Hyundai is in a forest-specific configuration, so I knew that once delivered, I could get it out into the block and working for me straight away.

"Because other machines I have purchased in the past are all standard excavators, there is a lot of extra work that has to be done to ensure they’re going to go okay in the forest.

"Reconfiguring the nose cone, the boom and ensuring the front windscreen is Marguarded; this sort of prep-work adds to the timeline, which isn’t ideal. With the Hyundai though, it was just a case of bolting on the processing head and going for it."

In its forest-ready configuration, Reville’s Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C features a number of differences to its specification. In addition to its armour, the operator’s cab is bigger than a conventional cab with a bigger glasshouse area. It sits higher than the cab would on a conventional excavator too. Height is a theme here, with RMT Harvesting’s Hyundai sitting on a high-rise undercarriage.

"This feature really comes into its own when we’re going through the block on the second rotation; the high-rise undercarriage clears the stumps with ease," Reville explains, adding that he has also been very impressed with the way the machine delivers its power in an efficient manner.

"The machine tends to run at around 1600rpm, which might sound quite low, but it’s more than enough power to operate the processing head. The machine doesn’t get over-stressed and it’s better for the company’s bottom line too; I reckon I’m probably saving about six litres an hour compared to the other machines we run."

Straight out of the box, Hyundai’s R210LC-9 H/C has cemented itself as a mainstay in the earthmoving and primary industries for many years now.

Aside from Reville’s bespoke fitment for the forestry industry, the Hyundai R210LC-9 H/C arrives with other standard features any operator can look forward to utilising, such as an ergonomically-designed operator seat and in-cab controls, designed to help mitigate fatigue in the field.

Bluetooth hands-free capability for mobile devices is also standard, adding further to the safer ‘every day use’ nature of the machine, while for the service person access to all service panels and consumable refill points is straight forward. Anti-slip plates across the excavator’s body panel surfaces mean working on the machine – even in climates decidedly damper than those of West Australia – remains a safe activity as well.

In terms of power, Hyundai’s choice of Cummins turbo-diesel engine technology has also proven a winner. Relied upon in harsh, demanding environments in many parts of the world, the 6.7-litre 151hp (113kW) engine meets Tier III emissions regulations.

Here the Cummins engine is paired with a robust and intelligent hydraulics system for consistent performance. Hyundai has improved pump output capacities for the hydraulic system, with the manufacturer’s CAPO (Computer Aided Power Optimisation) system tuning both engine and pump power according to work load.

This is achieved with the use of mode settings the operator can choose between, depending on what task the machine needs to complete. In addition to providing efficiency measures such as auto deceleration and power boost, the system also monitors engine speed, coolant and hydraulic oil temperature.

This sort of feature is especially relevant for Reville’s team, who routinely process timber in 35-degree heat through the summer months.

"Generally speaking we cover a 120km radius around Albany, so this works well when it comes time for servicing our gear."

"This machine has done 800 hours now and has already been through initial servicing. The local service agent made sure that that work was done during scheduled down time. Although with the amount of work we have on at present, those opportunities are few and far between.

"It’s a pretty good machine though, backed by a good support provider, so we feel well covered," concludes Reville.

 

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