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Tigercat releases LSX870D shovel logger for extreme-duty steep slope logging

Canada-based forest machinery manufacturer Tigercat Industries Inc. (Tigercat) has released the LSX870D shovel logger. Based on the popular LX870D series track carrier platform, the machine is designed for extreme-duty steep slope logging.

Tigercat Industries Inc. has released the LSX870D shovel logger. Based on the popular LX870D series track carrier platform, the machine is designed for extreme-duty steep slope logging (photo courtesy Tigercat).

With the choice of attachments including the new Tigercat BG13 grapple with a live heel boom or the SC08 shovel clam grapple, the LSX870D is, the company says, suited to pre-bunching and shovel logging in challenging terrain.

According to a statement, the addition of the LSX870D to the Tigercat lineup provides higher power, closed-loop drive alternative to the LS855E. Where the LS855E provides higher swing speed and lower ground pressure, the LSX870D allows for improved multifunctioning ability and quicker, more responsive travel speed.

The Tigercat FPT C87 engine supplies 245 kW (330 hp), which combined with the dedicated attachment pump, provides plenty of multi-functioning power. Lift and reach capabilities for the LS855E and the LSX870D are identical.

Tigercat’s leveling track machines use innovative technologies and systems optimized for a wide range of steep slope applications including shovel logging, felling, and harvesting. Tigercat’s super-duty leveling undercarriage is longer and wider, providing exceptional stability on steep slopes.

The patented leveling design uses two massive hydraulic cylinders and heavy steel sections for a solution that is simple, robust, and reliable. Unlike competing systems, the Tigercat leveling system leans into the hill when leveling to the side which further improves machine stability and operator comfort.

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