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Vermeer Introduces Forestry Tractor for Large Land-Clearing Jobs

The Vermeer FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head gives contractors a powerful machine with the features they need to complete tough land-clearing jobs.

Wed August 19, 2015 - National Edition
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The Vermeer FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head gives contractors a powerful machine with the features they need to complete tough land-clearing jobs.

A ringed rotor design helps guide material to the 23 cutting tips for a cleaner cutting path, while also controlling the depth of cut. To customize cutting performance based on jobsite needs, contractors can choose from sharp planar, clad-faced planar or impact-resistant planer interchangeable tip options.

Also, a self-positioning deflector helps direct thrown material at a consistent angle regardless of head position, helping enhance jobsite safety and allowing the operator to focus on productivity, according to the manufacturer.

The FT300 features a 300-hp (223 kW) Cummins QSL9 diesel engine that meets Tier IV Final (EU Stage IV) emissions standards. It includes a horsepower “bulge” that allows an increase to 320 hp (238 kW) when the engine drops from 2,200 rpm to 2,000 rpm under load, helping to increase performance and productivity. With a 137-gal. (518.6 L) fuel tank, the machine has ample fuel capacity to allow the operator to work longer without interruption.

The mulcher head hydraulic components are designed to operate below their rated capacity, which helps extend their life and reduce stress on the machine.

“Land-clearing work is the first step in timely and expensive projects, such as land development and pipeline installations,” said Jeff Bradley, product manager for the recycling and forestry segment at Vermeer. “The power and features of the FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head, along with innovations like the self-positioning deflector, helps increase productivity so contractors can more easily meet the stringent deadlines they’re given.”

To meet contractors’ jobsite needs, the FT300 offers the flexibility of two track options. The 30-in.-wide (76.2 cm) single-grouser steel tracks provide superior tractive effort, while 33-in. (83.8 cm) low ground pressure (LGP) tracks are ideal when working in soft ground conditions.

With all service points accessible from the ground, maintenance is convenient on the FT300. The engine compartment is easily accessible with two large doors that swing open to expose the engine, hydraulic pump, cooling system and other maintenance points.

Operator comfort was another top consideration in the design of the FT300. It is equipped with air-ride seating, ergonomic controls, optimal sightlines and a rearview camera. A 7-in. (17.8 cm) color display provides real-time machine performance data to help the operator maximize productivity.

The FT300 also accommodates an optional 30,000-lb. (13,607.8 kg) rear-mounted winch.

In the competitive land-clearing market, the FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head offers the features, reliability and support contractors need, according to the manufacturer.

“With the demands faced by these contractors, they are looking for an equipment supplier that stands behind its products and provides machines that are up to the job,” Bradley said. “We know of no competitor in the marketplace that can match the reliability and the quality of service of Vermeer and its independent dealers.”

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