LOGSET has unveiled a new, smaller hybrid harvester, calling it “the future of sustainable forestry”.
The Logset 8H GTE Hybrid is the company’s second hybrid harvested model, after the world’s biggest wheel-based harvester, the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid, which was launched in 2016.

Revealed at a press event at the company’s factory in Finland last month, the new hybrid harvester model has an AGCO Power 74 LFTN diesel engine that conforms to Stage 5 EU emission regulations.

The hybrid system’s two main operative units are the electric motor and the super capacitors used as energy storage. The system provides up to 100 kW of additional power.

The hybrid harvester reaches higher productivity through a faster torque response, which allows the machine to easily perform several tasks at the same time. The engine load is kept constant, which reduces emissions per felled cubic metre.

Logset’s vice president of sales, Pascal Rety, said: “When we launched the first hybrid harvester, people were fascinated by the major step taken by Logset. The success of the Logset 12H GTE Hybrid is based on an amazing technology that responds to the needs of modern forestry.

“Three years later, the demand for sustainable, productive and economical solutions is higher than ever, and Logset’s technology is ready for smaller machines.

“Logset is committed to delivering credible solutions that drive the entire forest machine industry forward. This new product launch is an investment we strongly believe in.”

The hybrid model is suitable for several market areas, he said, and can be equipped with a Logset TH65 or TH75 harvester head.

He added: “The machine has lower operating costs compared to a regular harvester, which is one of the main benefits of hybrid technology. The fuel saving can be up to 30%.

“Hybrid technology is clearly an important part of the future of sustainable forestry.”