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Power Equipment Company Hosts Two-Day Demo

Mon October 23, 2017 - Southeast Edition #22
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A Power Equipment Company representative demonstrates how effectively the Barko 930B mulcher with a Fecon forestry mulching head rips up felled trees and limbs.
A Power Equipment Company representative demonstrates how effectively the Barko 930B mulcher with a Fecon forestry mulching head rips up felled trees and limbs.
A Power Equipment Company representative demonstrates how effectively the Barko 930B mulcher with a Fecon forestry mulching head rips up felled trees and limbs. The Barko 595B — Barko’s largest and most powerful knuckleboom loader — was in full production for two straight days during the demo event. The woods were filled with demo machines and static display machines, including this Barko 240 tracked feller-buncher Manufacturers came out in droves for this event and transformed the woods of Monterey, Tenn., into a trade show-style demo area. Takeuchi’s Dennis Parker (C) goes over the power plant and the overall serviceability of the Takeuchi TL12V2 compact track loader. (L-R) are Kyle Kovach, Steve Yolitz and Tanner Huskins, all of Komatsu; Andy Moon, Power Equipment; Linda Williams, Jim Williams and Steve Schrader, all of Komatsu; and Chris Gaylor, president of Power Equipment Company. A working display of Cutting Systems Inc. (CSI) products, including the PTD-264 ultra delimber (L) and DL-4400-R slasher saw. The new Komatsu XT460L-3 tracked feller-buncher received “high marks” from those who watched the demo or had an opportunity to operate the machine. Stephen Schrader (L) of the Komatsu Forestry Business Division, talks with Trey Patty of J-L-N Logging, Sparta, Tenn., about the modern forestry cab and control system of the Komatsu feller-buncher. Darrek Copeland (C) of C&L Logging Inc., Livingston, Tenn., talks about this Komatsu XT460L-3 with Travis Revis (L) and Dean Revis of Revis Logging based in Lester, N.C. The C&L Logging crew uses a Komatsu D39EX dozer with specialty winch to demonstrate the process of winch-skidding timber on extremely steep embankments. Dennis Parker (L), Takeuchi, and Tom Hover,  Fecon, discuss the powerful combination display machine —  the new Takeuchi TL12R2 compact track loader, with a stout 112 horsepower engine, equipped with a Fecon VH74 forestry mulcher. (L-R): Steve Woodby and Todd Nelson, Power Equipment Company, register their guests for  giveaways, including the grand prize of a Stihl chainsaw. Keith Hicks (C) of QUADCO discusses his company’s lineup of saw heads, mulchers and teeth with an interested group of logging professionals. (L-R): Denton Lowe, Tim Beaty and Jabe Beaty, all of Beaty Lumber Inc., based in Jamestown, Tenn., inspect this Komatsu PC290LL-11 log loader. Fecon’s Bob Candee (L) looks on as Neal Ashburn, Power Equipment Company forestry machine specialist, operates a Takeuchi TL10 compact track loader with a Fecon Stumpex stump grinding attachment.

Sunny and dry was the perfect weather as Power Equipment Company hosted a two-day forestry demo deep in the woods of Monterey, Tenn., on Sept. 29 and 30. A great turnout on both days with the core machines at the heart of this demo event coming from manufactures that Power Equipment Company represents in the forestry industry, including Komatsu and Komatsu Forestry Division, Barko, Takeuchi, Fecon, QUADCO, Cutting Systems Inc., Pierce Pacific, Rotobec and others.

Lunch was provided at the demo site and consisted of barbequed pulled pork and chicken with all the sides. Periodic demonstrations were provided by Power Equipment Company or its manufacturer representatives and there was plenty of time allotted for attendees to take advantage of some hands on demo time.

Some great prize giveaways were awarded, including Yeti coolers, diecast models, DeWalt drills and socket sets, Cabela gift cards with the grand prize being a Stihl MS211 chain saw.

The demo was held on a 500-plus acre piece of land that is currently being logged by Darrek Copeland and the crew of C&L Logging Inc., Livingston, Tenn. Copeland spent considerable amount of time operating the demonstration model Komatsu XT460L-3 feller-buncher and is quite interested in purchasing and keeping this machine on this logging site.

Copeland said this machine has an amazing cab with a big sky light, with convenient touch pad screen, and all the bells-and-whistles. He said compared with the current machine he is using, the leveling system is upgraded on the XT460 with a larger diameter leveling system-the pins and the pin bosses are much larger on this machine. It also has a double roller turntable bearing, which is a heavier bearing, as well as additional bracing on the deck plate. These make this a heavier duty machine.

Copeland already has a Komatsu XT445L-2 with a 2900 intermittent saw head, which is the same head that is on the demo machine. He said, "the demo machine is about 6,000 lbs. heavier, which makes for a lot more stability, and an increased lifting capacity which you can really tell right from the beginning of operating this machine. The saw head is basically the same as mine, but this one has a V I rotator on it, which makes it a bit more durable on the rotation of the head." Copeland touted the confidence he has in Power Equipment Company as a business partner in his logging business.

"I've been dealing with Power Equipment Company since 2006 and have always received excellent service from them. They keep me up and running! Most of the time they can take care of whatever I need with one quick call," said Copeland.

Copeland is considering the purchase of the demo machine, and said that he's just thankful to get an opportunity to get some work time in on Power Equipment Company's machine.


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