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

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com


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.


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