Cross - Harvester Operator - Balgowlah Heights, NSW, Australia

Milton Cross

Balgowlah Heights, NSW, Australia


Harvester Operator


Module for task. 15 years clear fellIing Pinus Contorta,Pinus Radiata,Pinus Corsican and several Eucalypus species
(nitens,regnans,saligna and fastigata).Have been self employed for 28 years.



used to shift cut length from the bush to the road side or skids
can shift separate grades so can load straight on to trucks
used instead of a skidder or tractor but needs a harvester to cut to length.
good to use as a top up for loads if using a excavator to load

Bulldozers Large and Small

winching with the use of an arch behind a tractor use of rippers to help with stump removal for skids or tracking blade work for crowning roads and skids good for levelling large area's crushing rock on roads

Logging Contractor

Tendered for many Contracts with some of the largest Companies in New Zealand. Worked in this enviroment for the past 28yrs from thinnings to clear fell pine and eucalyptus.

Load-Out Machines

Volvo L90 Kawawzaki 70,80 & 90 Cat 936 & 950 Komatsu WA200-5 Hatachi LX100,140 & 200.
Most Excavators from Hatachi 12t through to a Daewoo 360 LC-5

Load-out Systems and how things have changed

The rubber tryed loader needs alot of space to move around while loading or fleeting so Logging Companies that have adopted this policy use them.
Companies that work in steeper areas tend to use Excavators. They can fleet and load in more confined areas,assist in the extraction process but they are slow when moving between skids and slower in the load out process.

Rubber Tyred Frontend Loader

Log loading and fleeting Ability to load quickly between several skid sites Loading speed is certainly faster with a larger machine. Loss of the ability to fleet with a larger machine Quick means to bulk out stock piles and shift grades. Safer handling of Trailers while loading on or off the Truck

Tractor and Excavator Operator Systems.

Machine List and Reporting System Can maintain and service every machine listed Roading and Tracking along with hauling logs using Tractors Tracking Bunching Shovelling and log Loading using Excavators Fleeting and Quality Management before Loading out. Post a Portfolio update

Complete Understanding of most Forestry Machinary

Repairs to rams, whinches, trans,engines,cooling ,fuel, hydraulic components
track gear repairs welding fabricating,testing and replacing most auto electrical components 12 & 24v.

Various Machines and Model Attachments.

mainly fell trim pine and debark gum Timbco 445B-D Summo 30t Daewoo 290 Mixture of heads Rosin 24"Waratah 16"-24"AFM Magnum Woodman"s Super 24" full cut to length and colour codes


mainly fell trim pine and debark gum Timbco 445B-D Summo 30t Daewoo 290 Mixture of heads Rosin 24"Waratah 16"-24"AFM Magnum Woodman"s Super 24" full cut to length and colour codes

Mechanically and Maintainance Background

Each machine has its own service manual (date, hours,record of what has taken place,notes on service intervals,oils and fuels lists,anti freeze being used and a list of all comsumable needed. Machine List.
Timbco 445B&D fitted with a AFM & Rosin Harvesting Heads.
Komatsu PC 220&300 Fitted with 1500&1700 Ensign Grapples.
Bell Ultra's fitted with Bell Grapples.
Halla 280LE Purpose Built Cab, Bonnet and Boom with a AFM Harvesting Head.
Daewoo 290LE-5 as above with a Waratah 624C with full colour marking.
John Deere 648 & 748G11 Grapple Skidders
John Deere 750 & 850 Tractors fitted with Allied Free Spool Winches.
Cat D6 and D8 Both with winches and bull blades.
Komatsu 65 & 85 Tractor and Winches with Arches.
Halla 624 Front End Loader Logs.
Volvo L90,Kawasaki 85 as above.
Timberjack 1410D & 1710 Forwarders

harvest operator

These machines are all purpose built with cabs, bonnets, booms and track guards.

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