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1: The main and tail drums are lagged to ensure the rope fleets tidily and don’t tangle. 2: The strawline drum is located down on the front right of the deck, next to the boom. 3: The Alpine is mainly controlled through the two joysticks, rather than the pedals on the floor. 4. The touch screen displays important information to the operator, including drum pressures. 5. Still only 30, Major Nelson took over the ownership of Complete Logging three years ago from Keith Travis.

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after a hare. We’ve not seen a carriage shoot off out of the traps so quickly. Before we know it, Major has guided the grapple down onto a pair of stems and is already hauling them back to the landing. We time it. Over the space of half-an-hour, he brings in roughly one haul every three minutes. OK, they’re not very big stems, averaging around 0.75 piece size, but it’s still ultra productive. Major works very precisely. He needs to, because if he makes a hash of the grab he almost loses a whole cycle of time opening and resetting the grapple on the trees again. He doesn’t miss a beat. “This system works well with the carriage,” notes Andy, “they are a match made in, well, the factory. They’re designed for each other.” Before long it’s Stan’s turn and he approaches the task with a mix

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of anticipation and apprehension. Stan has driven a lot of traditional swing yarders over the years and also tested one of the latest Harvestlines 18 months ago, but it still takes time to acclimatise to a brand-new machine. In the cab, Major shows him the ropes, literally. The main touch screen shows him the pressures he needs to keep his eyes on, along with a small camera view of the ropes coming off the winch. The tension monitor above the touch screen won’t be needed. Once he sends the carriage down the hill, Stan will be glued to the big TV below the touch screen to pick out the stems on the ground. In difficult settings, Major also has a CutOver Cam positioned on the side of the hill to provide another view of proceedings, but it isn’t required today as Stan can clearly see the stems on the ground

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