AUSTRIAN forestry equipment manufacturer Westtech has unveiled the latest addition to its CL series – the CL320.

The Woodcracker CL series is described as being characterised by light, nimble machines that are versatile despite their low weight. The previous CL machines are attached to carrier vehicles from 2.5 to 14 tonnes, with a cutting diameter of up to 320 mm when harvesting trees and bushes.

The largest pruning shear in the CL series to date, the CL320 has been developed to expand its range of applications.

The Woodcracker CL320 creates a cutting diameter of up to 400 mm in softwood and up to 320 mm in hardwood. The basic machine weighs approximately 620 kg. With the addition of an optional collector and/or swivel mechanism, the machine becomes approximately 250 to 550 kg heavier.

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Due to this dead weight, the cutting head is attached to carrier vehicles with a weight of 12 to 20 tonnes.

This is said to make these secateurs ideal for harvesting smaller trees or bushes, for harvesting short-rotation plantations, for cultivation and landscape maintenance, and for agricultural use.

The machine is attached using a plug-and-play system and it is also made of high-strength Hardox steel, making it extremely robust.

The Woodcracker orange is applied with cathodic dip coating and powder coating. This painting method is said to be characterised by its particular elasticity and durability.

The CL320 has a high-strength knife, described as being easy to re-sharpen, insensitive to dirt, and easy to swap.

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