Options Forwarders

Extra increased productivity

A standard equipped Komatsu forwarder delivers high productivity. In order to further increase the productivity a number of options can be added to the machine. Below is a selection of our most popular productivity-enhancing options.



Boost your profitability

SpeedShift is a smart gearbox solution with dual hydrostatic motors, with the forwarder automatically changing up a gear as the operator increases speed. This enables the machine to accelerate continuously within the full speed range without any additional operator intervention. In this way, the engine can work at optimal engine speed most of the time, which saves fuel and provides a quiet and more comfortable work environment. The automatic gear changes enable increased transport speed where ground conditions allow. This can include, for example, relatively flat access roads in otherwise hilly terrain that can be covered at faster speed. The longer the forwarding roads, the greater the benefit offered by SpeedShift.


Crane control with surefire benefits

A forwarder operator wants the crane to feel like an extension of their own arm, with smooth, flowing movements and good crane speed. With SmartFlow that feeling can be achieved.

The crane valve constantly monitors the pressure and flow delivered to the crane, ensuring the right levels at all times to provide impressive crane control. Such good handling means less tiring work shifts, better productivity and, as a result, better profitability.

One of the functions offered by SmartFlow is Active Crane Damping. This function dampens the pressure spikes and dips that can arise in the hydraulics when the operator accelerates or brakes crane movements, making for a more pleasant work environment in the cab. Precision at long reaches is also improved, providing advantages when, for instance, the operator is gathering timber. The crane damping function quite simply makes it possible to speed the forwarding process while retaining the same degree of control, thereby increasing productivity.

SmartFlow also reduces pressure losses in the valve, with a direct and positive impact on fuel economy. We have seen fuel savings as high as four percent during a normal forwarding cycle with both loading/unloading and off-road transport.

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Comfort Ride

Hydraulic cab suspension done right!

Komatsu’s hydraulic cab suspension is an innovation that produces suspension properties far beyond the norm. The design with optimised geometry, 4-point suspension and well-protected cylinders with long stroke effectively counteracts shocks, sway and vibrations. This improves comfort, reduces fatigue and contributes to an entirely new way of increasing productivity. With Komatsu Comfort Ride, you also get automatic level regulation, which superbly compensates for centre of gravity.

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Bogie lift

Agility in slopes

Bogie lift can be added as option on our models 835, 845 and 855. This function on the front wheels is used for road transport without taking chains of, or to descend on roads from slopes. It also makes it easier to make sharp turns on strip roads. Bogie lift can be offered in two versions, the standard version which mean both sides run simultaneosly or the advanced version, where each side can be run independently.

Load space

Maximised flexibility and productivity

Our fowarders's load space are characterised by their flexibility and many options. One is FlexGate, the gate that improves visibility and flexes if struck by the crane. This simplifies loading and minimises the risk of machine damage. Another is FlexBunk, with hydraulically stakes and crane operated bunk wideners which provides high load capacity. LoadFlex optimises the forwarder’s load capacity and increases sorting flexibility. The low and wide profile of the LoadFlex bunk also improves speed of loading and unloading.

Crane tilt

Crane tilt

In steep terrain

Simply put, we can say that the crane tilt function enables the slewing motor to rotate the crane, which it is actually designed to do, rather than to lift it. This enables the grapple to hold more and makes it easier to get at the timber. The crane tilt function enables the crane pillar to be tilted backward, at a longitudinal tilt angle of 5° to 15° (22° in parking position). This provides a substantial advantage, especially when operating in steep terrain, as the crane slewing motor gains considerably more power. This has several benefits. For one, the tilt function is integrated in the slew housing which allows a short total height of the assembly. Another advantage is that when thinning, it's easier to reach timber stacked behind a tree. As you do not need to move the machine as much to get at the timber, you can save a great deal of time otherwise spent repositioning.
Komatsu ProTec Scale

ProTec Scale

Low-profile crane tip scale

ProTec Scale combines scale function at the crane tip with the ProTec concept's protected hose routing that reduces downtime caused by hose replacements. The scale link has a low-profile, which decreases lifting height and subsequently increases crane work productivity. It is also available with Komatsu's MDB (Multi Disc Brake) for even better dampening capabilities.

The scale function is based on modern electronic sensor technology. Data transfer is wireless, without cables that can cause operational disturbances. Weighing with ProTec Scale, which is fully integrated with the MaxiXplorer control system, is both entirely automatic and user friendly for operators.
Working light

Working light

Better than daylight

To have really great visibility when working is of course very important. Not only to be able to perform the demanding tasks in the best way, but also to be able to work longer shifts without getting tired. To further enhance the machine lighting, it can be equipped with LED lights. With LED you’ll get rapid and strong lighting with low energy consumption and it is also considered highly reliable, which means LED headlights have a very long service life. You can also further improve the machine lighting by adding extra LED headlights on the cab, crane and the rear frame.
Cab options

Cab options

Optimise the workplace

The operator spends a lot of hours in the cab and a sustainable operator environment is important for making every day productive. We can offer a wide range of extra equipment to make the working place, the cab, even more comfortably and well functioning. Examples are: KCC Advanced hand controls with 5 extra programmable buttons. Blinds on all windows and/or sun blinds, front. - Radio with Bluetooth and hands-free support. Air-ventilated seat. Lunch box heater. Cooler box. Side wipers. Allergy filter 3 μ (mu). Extra floor mat for easier cleaning. Seat column that enables 220° working range and freely selectable locking position. Interior ceiling and floor lighting, and reading lamp on flexible arm. Remote key control (Europe). MediaZone. Internet modem. Extra screen, forward. Touch screen. Navigation system.


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Traction aid winch

When you think it's too steep

The Traction Aid Winch system is an integrated system which works with the transmission and adds traction in steep and demanding conditions. It can be added as an option on the 875 forwarder. The system uses a Capstan type of winch with a separate storage drum for the wire. This is essential for a smooth and reliable spooling and a long life length of the wire. The enclosed remote control enables for the operator to start the machine and spool the wire from the ground without assistance from a second operator. The whole package is integrated in the rear frame with a compact design.

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The first fleet management system on the market

MaxiFleet is a unique, web-based Fleet Management system for forest machines. By merging advance web- and mobile technology with five decades of forestry expertise, Maxifleet is truly the next step in production effectiveness. MaxiFleet makes it possible to localise all machines, see each machine status, monitor production and machine information, coordinate/optimise the entire machine fleet and conduct proactive service measures. It give you full overviews on your smartphone, tablet, on your computer back at the office.