Kiwi loggers get first look at Tigercat
Published: June 2nd, 2013
A 38 strong group of New Zealand harvesting contractors and representatives from AB Equipment recently visited the Tigercat equipment factories and the Demo International Forestry Show in Canada.
A focus of the trip was a visit to the four factories operated by Tigercat, including the main plant in Paris, Ontario, where they gained an insight into the company’s research and development programme, including a glimpse into the future of Tigercat products. “It reaffirmed to me that no other forestry equipment manufacturer responds as rapidly to new or changing market requirements as Tigercat,” says AB Equipment’s Tigercat Product Manager, Mark Hill, who helped organise the trip.
Amongst the delegation was a group of 14 loggers who collectively own one third of Tigercat machines in New Zealand and have purchased at least one brand new piece of equipment in the last 12 months. Wives were also included in the party, as many play a significant role in running their various contracting operations.
The best part of three days was spent was spent at the in-forest Demo International Quebec Forestry Show, the largest of its type held in Canada every four years. In addition to the full range of existing Tigercat machines on display and doing working demonstrations, a highlight of the event was the first public viewing of the all-new Tigercat 615C six-wheeler skidder, which goes on sale in 2013. It offers a lighter option to the larger 635D and sparked plenty of interest amongst the New Zealand contingent. AB Equipment is studying the 615C with a view to introducing it to our market.
After being hosted by Tigercat for two dinners, including a cruise on Lake Ontario, the AB Equipment team reciprocated with a dinner at Niagara Falls for Tigercat personnel, along with some of their international customers from Russia, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina who had been part of the travelling group.
New Zealand contractors in the party comprised; Doug and Megan Anderson, Anderson Logging, Invercargill; Andrew and Michelle Pratt, King One, Tuatapere; Peter and Pat Roxburgh, Roxburgh Contracting, Milton; Jeremy Hayes, Dennis Hayes Logging, Milton; Dwight Miller and Aaron Jarrett, D&A Logging, Outram; Paul and Jo Shuttleworth, Chunkys Contracting, Waihola; Michael and Michelle Wallace, Heavyweight Hire, Dunedin; Phil and Michelle Russell, Russell Logging, Oxford; Peter and Wendy-Lee Renner, Renner Logging, Rangiora; Anthony and Rak Dempsey, Dempsey Logging, Turangi; Kevin and Debbie O’Malley, DK Logging, Ohope; Carl and Anna Rodgers, Fast Forwarders, Rotorua; Herb Adams, Adams Logging, Pukanui and Peter and Tim Mold, Mold Logging, Pukanui.
They were joined by AB Equipment staff and their spouses.