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New steep slope shovel logger from Deere

As a direct result of the continued growth of the steep slope logging market, a new John Deere 959ML Shovel Logger designed for felling and log handling in difficult terrain has been released. Source: Timberbiz

Available in one of two configurations – shovel logger or directional feller – the 959ML machine boosts productivity, even in the most challenging of applications.

“We are continuing to see loggers moving into steeper terrain, and, understanding the demands and unpredictability of these conditions, we want to provide them with equipment that is specifically designed for this challenging application,” Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry said.

One of the key features of the 959ML machine is the boom geometry. Available in two configurations, the 11-meter live heel shovel logger boom and the 9.12-meter and 10.34-meter directional feller booms are specifically designed to ensure high performance in challenging steep slope applications.

All boom options have excellent downhill reach capability, ensuring that each boom configuration can reach the downhill side of the ground, even at a full leveler tilt.

Equipped with a strong, purpose built live heel, the 11-meter shovel logger boom is designed to incorporate grapples up to 1.5 meter or mid-sized directional felling heads. There is also an option available to quickly switch between the two. The directional feller booms, available in either 9.12-meter or 10.34-meter reach, is specifically designed to support any large directional felling head applications.

The patented leveling control system uses sensor technology, maximizing the forward tilt angle (26 degrees forward), while electronically preventing any possible mechanical interference when tilting to the side. The leveling envelope boundaries are set automatically and the patented system provides a smooth transition when approaching the leveling limits.

The 959ML Shovel Logger is equipped with a 9.0-liter, John Deere Final Tier 4 engine, with 330HP and lower Diesel Exhaust Fluid consumption.

The cab on the 959ML machine was designed with the challenges of the steep slope environment in mind and includes a large, upward viewing skylight and downward viewing window for increased visibility and awareness in challenging terrain.

Additionally, standard walkways allow access to all areas of the enclosure without climbing down. With these features, maintenance is easier and faster, and there is no need to take the machine off the hill for service.

The 959ML machine can be equipped with a variety of optional add-ons specifically designed for steep slope applications, including a weld-on, tether-ready hitch field kit, slope indicator, and four-point seat harness.