Building on the tree care industry’s reception of the 718 M handler, Sennebogen has introduced the 718 R-HD, a track mounted model of the same purpose-built machine.
The 718 R-HD delivers all the popular features of the 718 M, trading in the rubber tired undercarriage for crawler tracks. The track mount opens a wider range of applications and business opportunities for tree care specialists, with increased soft soil mobility and greater stability on slopes or uneven terrain.
Both models feature a boom and stick with a 43 ft. (13 m) reach, fitted with a rotating hydraulic grapple saw. Operators are able to grip, cut, trim, sort and stack tree limbs from the safety of the machine’s elevating Maxcab, which can rise to an eye-level height of 18 ft. (5.5 m) to afford a clear view of the work area and the surrounding jobsite. The cab can also tilt back 30o to allow operators a comfortable up-look when working with trees that could be up to 70 ft. (21.3 m) tall.
Current owners call the 718 “a game changer” in the industry, achieving production rates up to 10 times greater than traditional methods, while dramatically increasing safety for operators and ground crew.
Production and versatility
While the 718 M excels at urban and roadside tree care, and can quickly transport itself between jobsites, the 718 R-HD turns its focus to off-road applications such as right-of-way maintenance for utility companies, or land clearing for construction developments. The compact size of the 718 R-HD, weighing under 44,000 lbs. (19,958 kg), is convenient for trailering to jobsites, with no highway waivers required.
With its cutting and handling capability, the 718 eliminates tree climbing from the job as well as any need to rig ropes to the trees or to haul cut limbs to a sorting area. There’s no concern about branches or equipment falling on crew members below. With a 3,700 lbs. (1,700 kg) lifting capacity at maximum horizontal reach, 43 ft. (13 m) and 12,000 lbs. at maximum vertical reach, 48 ft. (14.6 m), the 718 can cut and move the wood in larger sizes as well, allowing faster removal. The grapple saw can even, if wanted, cut branches and feed them into a chipper in a single motion.
The Sennebogen 718 R-HD has an auxiliary hydraulic piston pump, independent of the main hydraulics, to provide dedicated power to other attachments with high oil flow demand. Operators can switch out the grapple saw and run a hydraulic mower or mulcher head at maximum efficiency.