Most people probably think the stand-out feature of the Ecoforst T-Winch tethering machine is that it doesn’t have a cab.
That makes it quite unusual among winch-assist set-ups in New Zealand, but it’s not the most interesting aspect of the T-Winch. What really stands out is the versatility and how it can improve extraction.
The Austrian-built T-Winch wasn’t originally designed to tether a felling machine. Like most other winching equipment in Europe, its role is to bring wood out to the skid site or roadside extraction point. So you’re more likely to see a forwarder on the end of a rope.
The fact that it can tether a harvester as well, is a bonus.
It’s this ability to be a Jack-of-all-trades that prompted Northland woodlot contractor, Rob Leslie, to buy the second T-Winch to arrive in New Zealand after seeing the first one in action and leasing it occasionally from fellow Northlander, Peter Davis-Collier.
Read how Rob has boosted the production of his crew and increased safety in the October 2021 issue of NZ Logger magazine, on sale from September 27. Check the link here to subscribe to either a printed or digital copy (or both).