Wenita Forest Products chief executive David Cormack
(left), Lawson Roxburgh (Roxburgh Contracting) and Cory
Hellyer (AB Equipment), look at the Tigercat cutting head,
with operator Damian Mikaere in the cab and Chris King,
from AB Equipment, alongside. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
With a price tag of about $700,000, the Tigercat LH855 is
no ordinary chainsaw.
The Canadian-made forestry harvesting machine bought recently
by Roxburgh Contracting is believed to be the third Tigercat
The machine, suited to working in steep terrain, reduced the
need for forestry workers on the ground, meaning less chance
A hydraulic claw held the tree, which was then chainsawed off
at the base, before being lowered on to the ground.
With safety in the industry being in the spotlight, Roxburgh
Contracting was ''taking all the right safety steps'' by
making a substantial investment, Cory Hellyer, construction
equipment salesman for AB Equipment in Dunedin, said.
Wenita Forest Products chief executive David Cormack said it
was ''pretty exciting'' to see such equipment in the South.
''With all the bad news in forestry with health and safety,
to have a machine with this sort of capability is really
exciting,'' Mr Cormack said.
While safety in the industry had always been important, it
was ''really front of mind these days'' and all involved in
the industry wanted to see the accident rate decrease.
Improvements were being seen and definitely improvements in
attitude, he said.
The Tigercat was a significant investment but also a vote of
confidence in the industry. It was a sophisticated machine
which required a skilled operator and it was suited to the
younger generation coming into the industry, he said.
There was still probably a public perception of ''people
running around with chainsaws cutting trees down'', he said.
Lawson Roxburgh said the machine was also very comfortable
for the operator, particularly when working on steep slopes.