Forest machine operating in the father’s footsteps

30-year-old Janne Kangassalo has operated a harvester for 13 years. He enjoys the work the most when he cuts trees for forest owners he knows from before and the forestry company is co-operative.

- This is teamwork. Everything goes smoothly when everyone in the chain can trust each other, he says.

Janne lives in Heinola, Finland. Since he was a teenager, he has worked for his father Risto Kangassalo at the company MKU Risto Kangassalo. Transferring the ownership of the company to the next generation will soon be at hand. Currently the company has five Logset forest machines, eight forest machines of other brands, three excavators and two trailers. MKU Risto Kangassalo has cut trees for the forestry company Koskitukki Oy for nearly twenty years.

- I inherited my passion for the business from my father. I take my hat off for him letting me operate the expensive forest machines in the beginning of my career. This is a job you learn by doing. Once I got my first machine, I noticed how quickly my skill level grew and I didn’t want to stop, Janne recalls. 

Janne’s own family consists of wife Minna Kangassalo and three children. Minna does shift work and studies at the same time. Planning is the key in making the everyday life of the family effortless. The operators at MKU Risto Kangassalo work one shift per day when it suits them the best. Sometimes Janne works only six hours a day but then he also does 15-hour shifts at times.

- In our marriage two people with high work ambitions have found each other. We understand each other well. At home I hear a lot about the forest machines, and I know a whole lot about them. But when it comes to buying new equipment Janne talks with Risto, Minna says.


The decision is influenced by many things

Buying a new forest machine is a big investment that requires consideration. When it is time to invest in a new machine MKU Risto Kangassalo will ask for offers from several manufacturers. The company doesn’t rely only on one brand. The final decision is influenced by many things. Janne gives the reasons why they decided to buy their latest forwarder from Logset. It is a Logset 5F GT with Smooth Ride cabin suspension.

- Logset is customer friendly. They listen to our concerns and sort out every issue. There are no stupid questions. The reliability of the machines is top-notch. Nowadays the service and spare part side works really well.

Janne operates a Logset 8H GTE harvester from 2018. The machine is equipped with a Logset TH65 harvester head. He does mostly clear fells and so far, he has operated the harvester for approximately 2 800 hours. During his 13 years as an operator he has operated nine different harvesters.

- Our first Logset was an 8H Titan from 2011. After that the development of the Logset machines has advanced remarkably.

The fuel consumption and measuring accuracy of the harvesters are in order.

- The machine’s fuel consumption per cubic is crucial. On a final cut I make 40–60 cubics/hour. The harvester consumes about 15–16 liters. Usually the harvester consumes 0,6 litres/cubic, Janne counts and adds:

- The 8H GTE is an efficient and productive machine. The measuring accuracy of the harvester head is outstanding. In my most productive workday I did 555 cubic within 9 hours. The usual production on a final cut is everything from 150–400 cubic.

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In the newest Logset harvester model the urea tank is easier to fill since the tank cap is in the side compartment.
Janne Kangassalo’s wife Minna Kangassalo attends the forest machine demos when possible. Here the couple is together at a demo arranged in Hollola in September 2019.