In an effort to produce a machine for true New Zealand conditions, TransDiesel and Volvo CE extensively researched with multiple contractors on their sites to establish what is required to meet the harsh New Zealand Forestry conditions.
Accompanied by Volvo CE design engineers from the Volvo Excavator factory, TransDiesel spent time travelling around different regions and finding out what does and what doesn't work in New Zealand's forests – feedback was gained directly from the people who use the equipment. Volvo engineers then worked out a design that could be efficiently manufactured alongside other models in their factories.
The result from all the research and development was the release of the New Zealand specified Volvo FC250DL and Volvo FC300DL forestry carriers.
With a factory build forestry spec cab, heavy duty under guarding and machine guarding, heavy duty boom and high lift, slew bearing guard, forestry spec final drive ratio, heavy counterweight and a factory high and wide undercarriage the new Volvo Forestry Carrier is ready to go straight to work to meet the ever demanding conditions.
Safety standards in line with Volvo’s core values have been met on the new Volvo FC range which is truly a purpose built forestry carrier built specifically for the NZ market.
30mm polycarbonate windscreen eliminates the need for steel windscreen guarding
Three emergency exits in the rear window, side door and roof hatch
ROPS/FOPS guarding integrated into the cab
Integrated corner and full body protection, including factory installed high lift
HD under-guarding built from a full welded 10mm single plate
Heavier counterweight – adding an additional 1200kg
Additional LED lighting
Factory HD High N Wide track frames
Heavier track gear (FC300DL: 38tn and FC250 DL: 30tn)
You can see a video of the first FC250D at a demonstation TransDiesel held at their Taupo branch. With Thanks to Deals on Wheels.