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Tigercat equipment
« on: January 07, 2018, 11:04:33 PM »
The logger I work for is looking at tiger cat for new equipment and wants to stay with one manufacturer for the whole spread.
What is your opinions of tigercat?
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 11:14:13 PM »
There's a ton of them out here from steep ground tethering buncher, harvesters, even a tethered 635, and a few 880's loading plus processors.

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 11:41:35 PM »
Operaters like them, does the company stand behind them, how well are they supported as far as parts and such?

The only piece of tigercat equipment I know of at all around here is a hydramulch unit, and the owner is plenty satisfied with it.
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 11:48:59 PM »
 Brand new 610E working across from my house, they seem to like it. Another guy here just got out of his Cat 574 and into a new Tigercat 8-wheeler. I want to try an older C or D series 620/630, I hear a Cat/Deere isnt even close.

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 11:53:44 PM »
From what I've heard from the owners and operators they've been very satisfied.
Just for an idea here's a local guys system and his 635

Then another local guys 855 tethered

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 12:51:54 AM »
From what I've heard from the owners and operators they've been very satisfied.
Just for an idea here's a local guys system and his 635

Then another local guys 855 tethered

That is some wicked ground 👍 tied to a 330D all day for YOUR safety 😂

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 07:32:57 AM »
It's interesting to watch that's for sure what gets me is they were required to get to the stuff to keep working with no pay bump. Heck they're talking we have to do it for the thinning in the near future as well I'll see how many cheek marks are left in the new machine when it's required.

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 07:48:40 AM »
Very popular around here in the deep South.
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 12:34:40 AM »
I think the issue is: what does Tigercat think of supplying equipment to Alaska where they appear to have no dealers? Parts on a plane flight vs techs trained on the machine working on your machine.
Might first approach the Cat dealer to see how well they support their forest machines.

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 01:14:52 AM »
Son in law runs the cat shop here in town, so already checked on that, but the guy with the money is very interested in the tigercat equipment and apparently they have everything needed ready to ship.  I don't think any of the Alaska techs for cat has actually been trained on forestry equipment, at least not in the interior and to the extent of them in logging country in the lower 48.

Probably not a whole lot of difference where this equipment will be located, it will be a bush plane flight for any tech. lol
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2018, 06:13:42 PM »
If the logger went Cat, the logger would probably have to wait for all the greedy gold miners' equipment to be fixed first.
With that in mind one could set up their own moderate level of onsite service and maintenance capability to ensure the TigerCat's are at least serviced well at a basic standard by having the replacement filters, lubes, a few critical replacement hydraulic  hoses etc on site.

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2018, 08:28:42 PM »
We will be set up with a shop on site and have the capabilities to make our own hoses, no other way a guy could manage it.
Where we log here it is a 6 to 7 hour turn around to the woods, so just a hydraulic hose basically causes the biggest part of two days production usually, I can't imagine, flying one out on a commercial flight then transferring to a bush flight to get just a hose, filter or any number of small parts.

I have talked to cat about warranty service up here, actually they have a pretty good guaranteed response time and a maximum flight cost to get onsite for warranty work.
I am not sure what tigercat offers or guarantees, but am sure it is being discussed as much as this stuff costs these days.
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2018, 09:59:43 PM »
Man thats a commitment.  I could go have custom cylinders made while i go grocery shopping next door.
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« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 12:20:35 AM »
Mike, google icy bay Alaska, if all goes well and this deal goes through, that is where we are headed. Holding my fingers crossed for the next few weeks.
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 12:23:11 AM »
What size of machine is he looking at?

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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2018, 12:51:38 AM »
I understand originally Tigercats were designed to be serviced as much as possible on site with common available parts as they didn't have much of a dealer network.  I'm not sure if that's changed.  The bigger guys in the south seem to like them.  If you youtube much look up Cotontop3.  They have a spread running in MS.  Their 635 skidder is bananas. 
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2018, 03:40:05 AM »
I can't tell you what size they are, I do know the skidders are 6 wheeled ones.
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2018, 07:45:33 AM »
Oh that 635 I take it then well not many choices in companies building a bogie drive skidder other then tigercat. Ask him if they have considered a clambunk forwarder that might fit the needs just as well or better.
Crowley equipment out of Eugene, OR had this listed for a long time if something like this would work might contact them.
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2018, 09:03:08 AM »
Under what circumstance would that clam harvester be ideal?  Small guy starting out who can only afford the one machine?
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Re: Tigercat equipment
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2018, 09:09:16 AM »
The clambunk skidder with loader is ideal when your not skidding behind a buncher and need to build your own giant drag of wood. If behind a buncher that can put enough wood in a pile for you then a regular grapple skidder is faster.


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