New XT-5 tracked harvesters provide maneuverability and power in demanding conditions
To harvest trees in tight, dense and rugged-terrain forests, operators need machines with maneuverability, power, versatility and reliability. With Komatsu’s XT430-5 and XT445L-5 tracked harvesters, operators can harvest closer to the carrier and maneuver confidently thanks to a lower center of gravity and off-set boom.
Made to perform in demanding conditions, Komatsu’s XT-5 closed-loop tracked harvesters enable operators to simultaneously travel, cut, delimb, harvest and swing timber. Engineered with hydraulic lines for each function, operators can use the tracks, boom, arm and tools concurrently.
“Komatsu developed the XT-5 tracked harvesters to meet demanding needs, including a larger swing motor that provides additional swing torque compared to previous models,” said Kyle Kovach, Product Planning Manager for Komatsu Forest. “They are also very versatile with multiple work equipment lengths and the ability to utilize many harvesting head sizes.”
Benefits of the XT-5 tracked harvesters include:
- Significantly greater lift capacity
- 10% more horsepower
- 16% more torque
- 5% lower fuel consumption
- Excellent uptime and serviceability
More powerful, more productive
The short-tail swing of Komatsu’s harvesters lets operators work through dense forests and clear-cutting environments. The set-back boom allows cutting close to the undercarriage and tracks, while the powerful swing torque excels in demanding applications.
Designed to significantly increase lift capacity, handling trees with the arm fully extended is made easier. With an excellent balance between boom lift and arm holding capacity, the XT-5 harvesters can be equipped with a wide selection of harvesting saw heads.
The harvesters can be adapted to the job with two different working ranges. Use the short reach and larger-scaled head to harvest larger trees, or switch to a longer reach and more compact designed head to grab trees further from the carrier.
With the XT-5 harvesters, you can save on maintenance costs because the innovative hydraulic tank system design requires 55% less hydraulic oil. Pumps are equipped with hydro-nucleation to help prevent pump cavitation and are 17% larger to help extend component life by operating 500 revolutions per minute (rpm) slower. The engine gull-wing and wide swing-out doors on the XT-5 harvesters offer quick and easy access to all engine service points and all key components.
“Terrain will be a determining factor in which model to choose for your particular operation,” said Kovach. “The XT430-5 is non-leveling, while the XT445L-5 provides a leveling capability, so it’s more effective on uneven and steep ground. It also has more tractive effort and better stability. We encourage anyone in the forestry industry to contact their Komatsu distributor for additional details.”
All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model (XT-3) unless otherwise specifically stated.