A feller buncher is a motorized vehicle with an attachment used in logging. This dual-function machine — that both cuts down trees (feller) and skids and assembles two or more trees (buncher) — has reputedly modernized logging practices, potentially falling and bunching as many as 200 trees per hour. Feller bunchers are able to replace the work done by lumberjacks, typically doing the work of 10 to 15 men.
A feller buncher consists of a tracked or wheeled undercarriage, a power plant, an operator’s cab and a grabbing apparatus. After a cutting mechanism severs the tree, the grabbing apparatus lifts it up and places it on a skidder for further processing. The first feller buncher was developed in the 1960s. Today they are manufactured by Barko, Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Prentice, Timbco and others.
John Deere's L-Series II skidders and feller bunchers build upon the best features of the original machines while simplifying the design to increase reliability.
Improved service access, reliability and durability means increased productivity for the Komatsu XT465L-5 feller buncher.