FINNISH forest machinery manufacturer Ponsse has unveiled its new range of Scorpion harvesters.

First introduced in 2013, the Scorpion harvester has become Ponsse’s flagship product with over 1,200 made. The machine can now be found in over 25 countries.

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The new Scorpion is said to take harvest productivity and ergonomics to the next level and sets a new standard for the operator’s working environment.

“As earlier, development of the new Scorpion range has been based on feedback from forest machine users, which we have utilised to put the upgrades now being introduced into production. The cabin workspace is now more practical, and the quiet Scorpion landscape office has been developed specifically with the operator’s comfort and ability to keep working in mind,” said Jan Kauhanen, product manager, harvesters, at Ponsse.

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The Scorpion is characterised by its visibility and manoeuvrability, Ponsse said. One of the most visible improvements is the new one-piece front window, which reaches all the way up to the cabin roof, intended to offer better visibility and safe working in any weather condition.

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The Scorpion and Scorpion King harvesters have been fitted out with an advanced fifth generation Ponsse Opti 5G information system and a completely upgraded user interface. The user-friendly information system is described as the most modern on the market.

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Markku Savolainen, product Manager, equipment Automation at Ponsse, explained: “The fully upgraded Opti 5G user interface together with the recently launched Opti8 computer sets a new standard for the usability of Ponsse forest machine information systems. It’s also quick and simple for operators who have used the earlier Opti generation to switch over to using the new Opti 5G system.”

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The Opti 5G information system also enables the Ponsse Harvester Active Crane management system, which gives the harvester a new way to control the crane and work more efficiently. The operator can use Active Crane to control the movement of the harvester head instead of individual crane functions. Active Crane is controlled using two levers, one of which controls the harvester head height from the ground, while the other controls the direction of the movement.

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The system also ensures that the crane’s functions slow automatically before the range of movement ends, thereby preventing hits to the mechanical structures and operator. When the operator indicates the required location, Active Crane performs the lift and uses the boom and extension automatically.

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