The Baddest Tree Cutting Machine

Eight tracked wheels and an extendable arm that can fell and mill an evergreen in minutes. It’s not science fiction. What used to require a team of lumberjacks with saws and donuts is now done by a single machine and an operator. This Finnish company started when its owner, Einari Vindren, became fed up with equipment malfunctions during logging operations.

Tired of seeing heavy-duty equipment fail in the simplest of tasks, he designed the first Ponsse harvesters. These rugged beasts could roam remote forests and operate well after the competition was hemorrhaging hydraulic fluid. Features of the Ponsse Scorpion King include some surprising luxury traits which have made these quickly renowned amongst foresting circles. Able to tackle everything from forest trimming to outright strip harvesting, these vehicles were designed with longevity in mind.

Harvester Heads

A unique feature of these vehicles is they have interoperable heads. The crane heads are designed to latch onto a tree at the base, sever it, and lop it into logs – but one size doesn’t fit all for these sorts of operations. Thankfully, there’s a number of different heads for taking down old growth forests versus new growth. The heads, while interoperable, do require replacement, sharpening, and maintenance. The standard head that comes with the Scorpion King is their H10 – designed for taking down big evergreens. Smaller heads such as the H8 and H7 are more appropriate for new growth forests and thinning operations. (more…)

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Distributing the surface area of the vehicle over a larger area ensures that your multi-million dollar investment doesn’t get buried in the mud. This harvester is designed to g