Time to take the Swedish market seriously
Logset Oy arranged a two-machine demo in Örkelljunga, Sweden together with the new service point WNK Skogsgallring Ab in the beginning of March 2020. During the demo the following machine types were presented: a Logset 8H GTE Hybrid harvester equipped with a Logset TH65 harvester head and a Logset 5FP GT forwarder with Smooth Ride cabin suspension. The harvester was driven by Niklas Nannestad, one of the owners of WNK. He didn’t have any experience of Logset machines from before, so he had two days to get used to the machine before the demo.
- I’m impressed by the hybrid. I can operate the crane and the harvester head without restrains and the engine never loses power since the oil flow is sufficient. This is a stable and robust forest machine, he says.
Nannestad has been interested in Logset forest machines for several years, but there hasn’t really been any in the WNK area of operation. He thinks that now when Logset has invested in a sales company in Sweden with Area Sales Manager Andreas From, and has WNK as a service point, forest machine operators should feel comfortable with buying Logset machines.
Owner of the presented Logset 5FP GT forwarder Ola Skarsvik is from North East Skåne. He agrees with Nannestad.
- I’m glad Logset is taking the Swedish market seriously. If all Logset machines run as well as mine does, there will be no problem selling more of them in Sweden, he says.
Skarsvik got his forwarder in the end of 2019 and has 300 hours on it.
- I’m happy with the whole machine. I have nothing to complain about. The cabin suspension is very good, especially in rocky terrain. It is like the machine floats and the suspension eliminates all the sharp jerks.
Excellent opportunity for a ride
The demos are an excellent opportunity to ride along in the forest machine, talk with the operator, get a better feeling of the machine and possibly operate the machine oneself. One of the demo visitors is Calle Citron. He wanted to visit the demo before his evening shift at Åsbo Skogsentreprenad. He has worked there as a forwarder operator for a year and four months. According to Citron he was practically raised around forest machines, but has experience of only one static Logset machine before climbing up in the 5FP.
- That was during the last Elmia wood show. I sat inside a Logset forwarder.
Citron rides along in the cabin as Skarsvik fills the load bay with logs and takes them up further in the forest. When they return Citron seems happy:
- I found the cabin very quiet. I could barely hear the engine. The cabin was comfortable, spacious and the all-around visibility is great.
The demo visitors do not seem to mind the varying weather as there is so much to discuss. Once the day is over, one thing is clear: the interest for the Logset machines is growing in Sweden.