John Deere introduces a new shovel logger. Available in one of two configurations from the factory – shovel logger or directional feller – the 959ML machine boosts productivity, even in the most challenging of applications.
“We are continuing to see loggers moving into steeper terrain, and, understanding the demands and unpredictability of these conditions, we want to provide them with equipment that is specifically designed for this challenging application,” said Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The new 959ML Shovel Logger leverages the top features from our M- and MH-Series models, including the best-in-class levelling control system, to produce a new machine specifically designed for steep slope operations. We are excited to bring a new solution to the market that helps our customers be more productive, regardless of where they work.”
One of the key features of the 959ML machine is the boom geometry. Available in two configurations, the 11-metre (36 foot) live heel shovel logger boom and the 9.12-metre (30 foot) and 10.34-metre (34 foot) directional feller booms are specifically designed to ensure high performance in challenging steep slope applications. All boom options have excellent downhill reach capability, ensuring that each boom configuration can reach the downhill side of the ground, even at a full leveler tilt.
Equipped with a strong, purpose built live heel, the 11-metre shovel logger boom is designed to incorporate grapples up to 1.5 metre (60 inches) or mid-sized directional felling heads. There is also an option available to quickly switch between the two.
The directional feller booms, available in either 9.12-metre or 10.34-metre reach, is specifically designed to support any large directional felling head applications.