Volvo to power new Eco Log harvester series
Sweden-based forest machine manufacturer Eco Log has developed a series of new harvesters, which according to the company, have been proven in practical forestry to meet expectations of increased efficiency and reduced fuel consumption. The results are to be presented at this year’s Mellanskog Elmia forestry fair in Sweden.
– We will have at least a harvester from the new series at the show in August, promised Magnus Sandström from Eco Log.
The E series consists of four thoroughly revamped models with the type designations 550, 560, 580 and 590. New features include an almost fully rotational cab, 350 degrees, reducing the need to move the machine. Together with the Eco Log pendulum arm, it provides the operator with a unique ability to work effectively in difficult conditions with minimal ground disturbance.
But the big news is under the hood. Eco Log has partnered with another Sweden-based company, the global engine manufacturer Volvo Penta and the E-Series will use D8 engines in the 218 to 320 hp range. Volvo’s strategy is that the one and the same engine block must meet several requirements, providing significant benefits and tailoring opportunities for Eco Log.
For forestry contractors’ benefits include lower fuel consumption and better engine service and support.
– Volvo has a strong presence in Sweden. At Eco Log we see great value in using locally produced components, explained Sandström.
Another reason for the engine change is that Eco Log now operates on four continents. The same engine block can be adapted to meet different market demands.