Finland-headed forest machinery manufacturer Logset Oy has launched a new hybrid harvester: the Logset 8H GTE Hybrid. It is the company´s second and smaller hybrid harvester model after the world´s biggest wheel-based harvester, the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid, was successfully launched in 2016.
The official launch, which was attended by Logset dealers from around the world, clients, technology partners, and other invited guests, was held at Logset’s manufacturing facilities in Koivulahti, northwestern Finland.
When we launched the first hybrid harvester, people were fascinated by the major step taken by Logset. The success of the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid is based on an amazing technology that responds to the needs of modern forestry. Three years later, the demand for sustainable, productive and economical solutions is higher than ever, and Logset’s technology is ready for smaller machines. Logset is committed to delivering credible solutions that drive the entire forest machine industry forward. This new product launch is an investment we strongly believe in, said Pascal Réty Vice President of Sales, Logset during the launch
The new hybrid harvester model has an AGCO Power 74 LFTN diesel engine that conforms to Stage 5 EU emission regulations. The hybrid system’s two main parts are the electric motor and the supercapacitors used as energy storage.
The hybrid system provides up to 100 kW of additional power. The hybrid harvester reaches higher productivity through a faster torque response, which allows the machine to easily perform several tasks at the same time. The engine load is kept constant, which reduces emissions per felled cubic meter.
This hybrid model is suitable for several market areas, and it can be equipped with a Logset TH65 or TH75 harvester head. The machine has lower operating costs compared to a regular harvester, which is one of the main benefits of hybrid technology. The fuel saving can be up to 30 percent. Hybrid technology is clearly an important part of the future of sustainable forestry, Réty explained.