Volvo Penta is on the same page as its new forestry customer, Eco Log. With a shared attention to uptime, operator ease and environmental care, the two companies have collaborated on EcoLog’s newest generation of harvesters.
Volvo Penta D8 engines will run Eco Log’s new generation of harvesters.
In April 2016, Eco Log’s newest generation of 550, 560, 580 and 590 harvesters will be launched with Volvo Penta D8 engines inside, ranging in power from 160 to 235 KW. Stage IIIA- and Stage IV-compliant models will both be available.
Eco Log harvesters are known for their innovative pendulum arms, and for their ability to tilt 25° sideways and 17° to the front or rear — allowing them to work in hilly environments. In order to work at such tricky angles, Eco Log needed an advanced engine: the D8s, coupled with the machine’s innovative body design and pendulum arm, enable the harvesters to operate safely and at maximum capacity, even when the machine is on an incline.
Eco Log equips its machines with highly efficient double pump hydraulics systems — one to operate the harvester head and one for the crane. The Volvo Penta engine provides power to those pumps, running at a low rpm, and can easily handle all necessary work without overloading the engine. Designed like an excavator, the cab swings along with the head and can turn 350°, so the machine needs to move less frequently — saving operators on fuel costs, even beyond the efficient Volvo Penta engine.
Uptime is important in the forestry industry, and Eco Log customers can rely on Volvo Penta’s proven SCR technology in combination with the VODIA diagnostic tool that helps a mechanic to determine whether maintenance is needed — ensuring machines work efficiently for as long as possible.
The right choice
Volvo Penta was an easy choice for Eco Log, in large part because of the company’s emphasis on environmental care, as well as its Swedish heritage; Eco Log, which is based in Söderhamn on Sweden’s eastern coast, places a high premium on using locally made components and frames. The companies’ close geographic proximity also promotes better support and a closer partnership.
“When we design our harvesters, we don’t have the luxury of lots of space under the hood. Volvo Penta has been instrumental in helping us fit the engine in with the other components, like the selective catalytic reduction system and the AdBlue tank, in order to optimize space and promote longer engine life,” Philippe Wion, sales and marketing director at Eco Log, says. “It’s nice to receive such personalized attention to our needs. Volvo Penta very obviously cares about the applications of all its customers, whether they work in the marine world or in forestry.”
An Eco Log prototype machine is currently being tested in the Swedish woods before the new generation harvesters hit the market in the spring. “The test has been really promising,” says Wion. “The power and responsiveness are fantastic, the fuel consumption to output ratio is excellent — which is something we deeply care about as an environmentally conscious company.”
The Eco Log 550, 560, 580 and 590 harvesters, equipped with Volvo Penta eight-liter engines, will be unveiled at a dealer day in Sweden in April, before making their exhibition debut at the KWF Expo in Germany in June.