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Komatsu Forest’s New XT-5 Series: MORE HORSEPOWER, BETTER LIFT CAPACITY AND FUEL CONSUMPTION

Feb 20, 2019, 11:43 AM by Jeff Richards
Komatsu Forest’s new XT-5 Series of track feller bunchers are more powerful than the previous XT-3 models and have heavy-duty undercarriages to significantly boost service life.
There are four models in the XT-5 Series, with the XT430-5 (a non-leveling model) being the smallest. The three leveling models are the XT435L-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5. Dash 5 models are equipped with a 310-hp Tier 4 Final engine that provides more horsepower, torque and displacement while cutting fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.
Lift capacity at full reach increased by 77 percent on the 430, 435 and 445. The 465 boasts 15 percent more lift capacity than the previous model.
One obvious change on the feller bunchers is that the cab was relocated to the left of the boom and offers better lines of sight to each track. Other safety enhancements include a standard rearview monitoring system and 11 LED lights for excellent visibility at night. A right-side-view monitoring system is optional.
Operator productivity is boosted by Komatsu’s intuitive IQAN-MD4 digital control system. Up to three different operators can program their individual control patterns in the system, and there’s a mobile phone app for when you need remote access.
The undercarriage has been beefed up for longer service life, including rugged 8.5-inch track chain links. The track length on the 465 has been extended by over 5 inches so it’s more stable on steep slopes.
Several features make maintenance easier, including a new gull-wing-style engine hood that folds down and creates an elevated service work platform. Four other service doors swing wide for excellent access. The new cooling system includes a larger radiator, charge air cooler and hydraulic cooler, which were moved to the rear to minimize debris buildup.
Contact your Environmental Division sales representative today and see how a new Komatsu feller buncher can cut your operating costs and boost your bottom line.

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