Ponsse showcases new logging machinery for Northwoods loggers Submitted: 08/08/2014

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter

RHINELANDER - America will welcome a new type of logging machine. Ponsse showcased its Scorpion King Friday morning in Rhinelander.

The nearly 50,000 lb. machine is the company's first with a 360 degree cutting turret.

Company leaders say that gives operators the chance to grab any tree within reach without having to move its base.

"People want more and more efficient machines, but the operators want to have more comfort because comfortably also brings you more productivity," Antti Rasanen Ponsse Marketing Manager said. "The operator can be fresh and productive the whole day, which makes a big difference after a year or a month."

The Scorpion King has already been introduced in a handful of European countries, including Finland, Sweden, Germany, France and Great Britain. Rasanen says the tree cutter can be used practically anywhere.

"We can go to soft terrain; we can go to steep hills or just flat surfaces. It doesn't matter. It does really well on uneven, rough terrains over steep ditches," Rasanen said.

The company hopes to sell the product in logging areas across the US. They believe the product will do well in America because of the improved visibility it gives operators.

"Well basically it's the working technique, it's completely free. You see a tree; you can take it no matter where it's pointing. So it's visibility and the working technique." Rasanen said.

The frame of the machine has rotating joints, which help keep the middle frame, and cab, hydraulically level.

The machine also can tackle the majority of logging jobs.

"Of course if we go really big ones, big trees, then you need a one-step bigger machine, but other than that, for a general purpose idea, this is perfect for most conditions," Rasanen said.

Ponsse hosted more than 600 people Friday for the demonstration. Leaders for the company say it was the largest demonstration they have hosted in Rhinelander.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

+ Read More

NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp portraying lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. all had a piece of history to share.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event had a hay maze, horse drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

"I think it's going great. We got a little sunshine right now. We got probably a couple hundred people here. People are buying food, spending money. It's what we're after," said Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson.

+ Read More

ASHWAUBENON - Early interest in the Green Bay Packers' proposal for an entertainment, retail and residential district around Lambeau Field has the franchise already thinking of expanding its plans.

The Packers announced recently it plans to develop the Titletown District on 34 acres around the stadium, including 30 to 50 townhouses overlooking a public plaza.

+ Read More

BOULDER JUNCTION - Lakes bring a lot of visitors here to the Northwoods, but they also bring scientists.

The UW Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction just wrapped up its summer research season.

The UW Trout Lake Station is a research station for limnology students at UW Madison. It's mostly graduate students and faculty from Madison's Center for limnology.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - One Northwoods farm wants to give all families the full Fall experience.

Grampa's Farm in Merrill has been a popular fall destination in Wisconsin since 2010.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - Firefighters need to be prepared to rescue people from more than just fires.

People can get trapped in tree stands, water, or a tight spot. 

Local fire departments respond to those emergencies.

Merrill's first Citizen's Fire Academy learned about these specialized rescues Thursday night.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here