MOLINE, Illinois (July 9, 2012) — As part of its ongoing commitment to provide loggers with new efficiencies and productivity gains, John Deere has introduced the optional Rapid Cycle System (RCS) for boom operation on its 900K-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers. The RCS improves machine productivity and operating speeds by automating both boom and cutting head motions, as well as by providing automated harvesting arm cycling to simplify the process for the machine operator.
"Our customers are always looking for ways to be more productive," said Neil Harber, product marketing manager, John Deere Tracked Feller Bunchers. "We've listened, and our new RCS option responds to those needs by not only increasing boom speed, but also by reducing operator effort and fatigue. As a result, RCS makes both the machine and the operator more productive."
The RCS felling head auto-arm sequence is initiated when the operator presses a single button on the right-hand joystick in the feller buncher's cab. A single motion of the joystick engages movement of the boom/stick/head, and the RCS automatically maintains the head's cutting position throughout each boom reach. With the press of another joystick button, the head's arms quickly release the bunch of trees. The automatic cutting head leveling, arm sequencing, and quick arm release are all exclusive to Deere and the RCS. The system improves the speed and productivity of the boom while it gives the operator fewer buttons and movements to think about, which helps reduce operator fatigue.
RCS is available on John Deere 900K-Series Tracked Feller Buncher models — 903K, 909K, 953K and 959K. 900K-Series machines are Deere's most powerful feller bunchers, designed to deliver power and productivity to big jobs on steep slopes and rough, rocky terrain.
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