If you are in the forestry business, chances are that you will need to use a feller buncher to cut down and stack trees. A feller buncher is a heavy machine with a cab for the operator and an arm that has a tree-grabbing device such as a chainsaw, a circular saw, or a shear. The grappling device wraps around the tree and the saw cuts the tree. It then takes the vertical tree and places it horizontally onto a stack of other trees. If you are in the market for buying a feller buncher, there are many companies out there that manufacture them.
Feller bunchers, like most construction machines, aren’t cheap, so you need to determine how often you are going to use one. If you think that you are going to use one regularly, it could be a good idea to purchase one. They are a good long-term investment. However, if you think that you will only use a feller buncher intermittently or you just need one for a one-time job, it is more cost-effective to rent one.
When you are looking for a feller buncher, there are several factors that you need to consider. First of all, choose a machine that has an operating weight that will suit the work you plan to do. If you are cutting down lightweight trees such as aspen, alder, and poplar, you won’t need such a high operating weight. However, if you want to cut down trees like the baobab or redwood, you will need a higher operating weight. It is important to have a good hydraulic system especially if you are going to use the feller buncher for heavy-duty tasks. Hydraulics are responsible for the power and performance of the machine. Ensure that the cab is comfortable. It should be roomy and air conditioning and heating are an advantage. If the operator is comfortable, his or her productivity will increase. Consider the size of the machine. If you have to transport it from one place to another, you will need to have a suitably sized trailer. If you haven’t, it will be an extra cost to purchase a new trailer.
If you are buying a second-hand feller buncher, make sure that there are no leaks, disconnections, fractures, or missing elements. Ensure that the joints of the tool, arm, and vehicle don’t have any fractures. If the feller buncher has tires, make sure that they still have three-quarters of their life left and that they haven’t been repaired. If the machine has tracks, inspect the condition of the undercarriage. There shouldn’t be any dents or damage as this could indicate internal damage.